Three dosing pumps? Four dosers? Five? Puh-lease. Unless you are rocking six or more uber expensive, super precise peristaltic dosing pumps to individually add every single bit of ions to your trendy reef tank, you are just a poseur. If you really want to be a baller don’t just go half-caudal fin, go balling to the wall with seven peristaltic dosing pumps and a little pipeline in your wallet that goes directly to the manufacturer of all the salty water you’ll have flying in from the European Union.Â As far as we’re concerned, balling is an extension of the two-part dosing method and until we see some results with balling that haven’t been achieved with more reliable, much simpler and less expensive methods, balling is an overcomplication of reef dosing for ballers which want to spend more time messing with their tank than actually enjoying the life within.Â What we don’t get is that if you are such an ionic control freak and you have to know exactly what is going into your tank, why don’t you just order the chemicals from a scientific supply catalog? While you are at it you might as well get four more dosing pumps; three dosers so you can ball your vodka, sugar and vinegar separately and one more so your reef can have the ultimate status symbol by topping off with Bling H2o. By the way, have you seen the new Fauna Marin Balling Salts?
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.