Is the balling recipe correct?

Leonardo A. Machado

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Hey guys

I've had this recipe written for a while now, now I decided to make my own DIY balling.

_Balling Plus Recipe_

*Solution A (Ca)*

•10 liters of RO water
- 715g of Calcium Chloride
- 35.6g of barium chloride
- 243.5g of strontium chloride
- 5.4g cobalt chloride
- 18.8g manganese sulfate
- 10g copper sulfate
- 2.68g zinc sulfate
- 9g nickel sulfate
⁃ 33.2g chromium chloride
- 4g iron sulfate

*Solution B (KH)*

•10 liters of RO water
- 840g of sodium bicarbonate
- 2.5g of potassium iodide
- 13.3g of sodium fluoride

*Solution C (Mg)*

•10Liters of RO water
- 550g of magnesium chloride
- 80g of magnesium sulfate
- 250g of Tropic Marin nacl - free salt
- 60g potassium chloride
- 2.5g potassium bromide

I have doubts, whether these elements are correct in proportion ?
Whether the final solution will be in ionic balance ?
And whether this amount of trace elements is suitable for use in typical aquariums? I don't know much about chemistry and some elements seem high to me in this recipe.
 

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I do not think that is what Tropic Marin sells. Parts and and B are simply calcium chloride and sodium bicarbonate/carbonate.

I do not believe I have ever seen a published recipe for Part C, but by Tropic Marin's description, one would simply use a full salt mix recipe and leave out sodium chloride.


The Tropic Marin® Original Components contains:
Part A: Calcium chloride dihydrate (20,000 ppm Ca)

Part B: Sodium carbonate/sodium bicarbonate (2,800 °dH/l)

Part C: Sodium chloride free sea salt (~ 3,350 ppm Mg; ~ 980 ppm K)
 
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Hy Randy, appreciate your attention in responding

We have a language barrier, it can cause some confusion, i apologize for my English, I'm using a translator but there may still be an error on my part.

I refer to balling as a way of replacing fundamental elements, not to to the original Tropic Marin balling.
I got this recipe a long time ago on a Brazilian forum, which is no longer active.
Do you know if the amounts of carbonates, calcium and magnesium are correct?
Another question is whether it is recommended to add the trace elements in this recipe? And also if they are in quantities that will not become toxic to animals? As an example, I believe the strontium to be very high in the recipe, but I don't have the chemical knowledge to know.
 
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Yes, a quick glance at the strontium to calcium ratio tells me that is a very bad recipe to use.

Okay, I'll forget about this recipe.

Is there any DIY recipe, balling or two part, to insert trace elements in solutions a b c ? Since it is more practical to be dosed by dose pumps included in the solutions.
 

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I believe Tropic Marin A & K is what you can use. I use it with Bionic but many use it to create the BRS/TM hybrid 2 part which is basically Randys DIY recipe.
 

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