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So on my last tank Waterbox 100.3 I went all in with Neptune and bought the Trident/DoS and used it. It seemed to work well, I didn't care for the reagents deal, was expensive and you wasted alot when it was time to change. So I've been looking at other options and I've been stuck between the new Ion Director and the Mastertronic, I don't care for GHL very un user friendly interface and Mastertronic is just extremely expensive.

I started watching videos on all of them and came across one of the Alkatronic and didn't know this little tidbit that blew me away, it has a doser inside of it! I had originally thought you had to have the dosetronic with the Alkatronic to auto dose based upon test results. Now I see you don't have to.

Now I understand balancing your addivtives. Equal parts of both Alk/Calc and percentage of that with Mag. So Alkatronic would fall behind on that, you would either still need to dose by hand or get a doser or dosetronic to still add calc/mag.

But here's my question, this wasn't available when I had my Waterbox 100.3, Tropic Marin came out with AFR - All For Reef. This is all 3.

Has anyone used the Alkatronic to dose AFR instead of just Alk to keep All 3 stable?
 

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I think that's the issue though. AFR is typically (from what I understand) dosed based on calcium uptake rather than alk?
 
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I think that's the issue though. AFR is typically (from what I understand) dosed based on calcium uptake rather than alk?
See I don't know, Lol.

This is why I'm posing the question. Didn't know if it was possible.
 

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I use AFR for dosing. The alkalinity is not as immediate a reaction as with calcium. It make take days or weeks to stabilize. From what I understand there is a bacterial reaction that has to occur for the alkalinity. I would be careful changing the dosing automatically with a alkalinity reading. Once you get it set it changes slowly over time as things grow. If I see the Calcium level starting to drop I just increase the dose a little. Since I have been dosing I use it half strength so the doser will run a little longer. It make it easier to control the dose that way.
 
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