Polyp Lab recently brought One, an all-in-one dosing product, to the market taking two-part dosing a step further with the addition of magnesium to traditional calcium and alkalinity solutions. The Canadian manufacturer has combined calcium acetate, magnesium acetate and hydroxide salts to deliver levels of 400 ppm Ca, 1,300 ppm Mg and alkalinity of 7 dKH. The company planned One to deliver these parameters on the low end to help prevent overdosing. According to the website:
One is engineered from two forms of acetate and hydroxide salts. It contains calcium ions, magnesium ions and acetate ions. When dosed, the calcium and magnesium ions are freely available for uptake by corals, clams and other reef organisms. The acetate ions are promptly metabolized by bacteria to create biologically available bicarbonate. This process provides alkalinity to your reef aquarium. The hydroxide salts in our product are present to help maintain a higher pH as well as to provide more alkalinity.
Polyp Lab also recommends on its FAQ page using One as a maintenance product and suggests hobbyists raise their tankâ€™s levels of calcium, magnesium and alkalinity to the desired levels with other products such as calcium chloride or baking soda before beginning the One dosing regimen. The recommended dose ranges from one capful (5 ml) a day per 50 gallons for new and softie tanks all the way up to four capfuls (20 ml) per 50 gallons for heavy SPS tanks. Not a daily doser? Polyp Lab also documents a twice weekly dosing schedule. Through years of collective experiences, we have learned a lot in this hobby and are rightfully skeptical of “all-in-one” solutions. We have to wonder the long-term benefits of this product to see if it matches it’s claims and wonder why we haven’t seen similar products on the market before. Many reefers will most likely opt for the control of each individual parameter via two-part with magnesium supplementation as needed or through advanced dosing techniques like the Balling Method. Interested in trying it out? One is available from online at Marine Depot for $21.95 USD for a 500 ml bottle.