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Offlinebemmers1
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Tums for calcium carbonate
    #2428399 - 03/13/04 08:29 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

I've been having trouble finding calcium carbonate for my casing and had an idea.  Since tums are made from calcium carbonate can I grind
them up and add this to my casing mixture?  Thanks for the feedback :smile:


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: bemmers1]
    #2428423 - 03/13/04 08:34 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

tum tum tum tum TUMS! Well, I would think not, I don't beleive calcium carbonate is the only ingrediant in tums, you can get a rather large case of calcium pills for pretty cheap, and theyre pure calcium carbonate..or use eggshells, just sterilize them by boiling.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: bemmers1]
    #2429832 - 03/14/04 12:59 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

baking soda/powder....one of those is calcium carbonate.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: bemmers1]
    #2429845 - 03/14/04 01:05 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

look instead for hydrated lime at a garden store or plant nursery. most have it and its cheap.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: acidhead1279]
    #2430465 - 03/14/04 06:06 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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look instead for hydrated lime at a garden store or plant nursery. most have it and its cheap.




Yea, but I read that lime can burn your substrate.


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baking soda/powder....one of those is calcium carbonate.



Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, and baking powder is a mixture. Usually its baking soda mixed with citric acid or cream of tarter.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: FirstAvailable]
    #2430519 - 03/14/04 06:54 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

meh, either way, sodium bicorbonate would work just as well...i'd stay away from the hydrated lime though....might as well use lye :P

if you can find hydrated lime you can find calcium carbonate.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: llamaboy]
    #2430528 - 03/14/04 06:59 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

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if you can find hydrated lime you can find calcium carbonate.




No, practicly all of the hardware stores in my area have hydrated lime, but noone has calcium carbonate. I cant even find it online.

Where do you get yours?


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: bemmers1]
    #2430537 - 03/14/04 07:07 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

*cough... chalk... *cough


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: Rose]
    #2430539 - 03/14/04 07:10 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

just regular white chalk, like the kind they use at school? Doesnt that have any chems in it? I figgured it would.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: FirstAvailable]
    #2430543 - 03/14/04 07:12 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

*cough... there is a SEARCH function... *cough... it is your friend... *cough

Chalk is chalk full of calcium carbonate.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: bemmers1]
    #2430624 - 03/14/04 08:07 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Calcium supplement pills are almost pure calcium carbonate and only have a little binder material which is inert. You can even get pills that were made from Oyster Shells! ( Not that it really matters..)

This would be a more expensive way of pH balancing though, especially if you got alot of casings...



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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: FirstAvailable]
    #2431439 - 03/14/04 03:40 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

if you want pure calcium carbonate, you could go to any store that has a pet section, or any pet store, and buy one of those little chewing stones for your bird....those little things that i tend to scrape their beak on chew a little of(do birds chew?) anywya, those are pure calclium carbonate.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: llamaboy]
    #2431528 - 03/14/04 04:05 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i beleive those are called "cuttle bones" (SP), but yeh u can find them in any pet department of a store by the bird supplies.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: leegol_eyes]
    #2431539 - 03/14/04 04:09 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

or you can just buy pure calcium in the Reptile section of any pet store. Some contain phosphorious too. Look for the one with just pure calcium, will come as a powder already. There should be several different brands of it. T-Rex, Zoo-med, and probably several others.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: frock]
    #8872243 - 09/03/08 05:19 PM (8 years, 10 months ago)

I think "Coral Calcium" from the health food store is prolly pure calcium carbonate w/o the flavors, colors and sodium that might Fk things up....


opps , old thread, sorry


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: blueschroom]
    #8872323 - 09/03/08 05:33 PM (8 years, 10 months ago)

What exactly does calcium carbonate do for your substrate? Is it just additional nutes?


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: FirstAvailable]
    #8872729 - 09/03/08 07:06 PM (8 years, 10 months ago)

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acidhead1279 said:
look instead for hydrated lime at a garden store or plant nursery.  most have it and its cheap.




Yea, but I read that lime can burn your substrate.


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baking soda/powder....one of those is calcium carbonate.



Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, and baking powder is a mixture.  Usually its baking soda mixed with citric acid or cream of tarter.




-Hydrated Lime can burn you substrate if you don't understand portions. Hydrated lime is used in almost all my casings and no burnt out substrate in my casings.


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: HazeyRoms]
    #8873589 - 09/03/08 10:14 PM (8 years, 10 months ago)

There is no need for medical tablets that are hundreds of times the cost of the recommended ingredients.I'm curious why you even want calcium carbonate. 

Use hydrated lime as a pH buffer for casings, and use gypsum for a supply of calcium and sulfur for both substrates and casings. 

Hydrated lime won't burn your substrates because you're not supposed to use lime in substrates.  Use it at the amount to bring the pH of your casing material up to 8 to 8.5 and you'll be good to go.  Roughly 1 teaspoon of hydrated lime per cup of dry peat moss will get you in the ballpark.
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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #8874310 - 09/04/08 12:13 AM (8 years, 10 months ago)

Things that are more or less pure calcium carbonate:

Chalk
Limestone*
Marble*
Clam shells (any kind)
Oyster shells
Snail shells (any kind)
Any other mollusk shells
Lobster and crab shells
Most corals
Pearls
Sea urchin shells and spines
Calcite/aragonite
Eggshell
Stalagmites and stalactites
Coralline algae
Tums (regular variety)
The White Cliffs of Dover
Cincinnati
The Catskill Mountains

*may contain large amounts of magnesium carbonate.


Things that are not calcium carbonate:
Bone
Talc
Baking soda/powder
Plaster/gypsum
Unset mortar and concrete
Insect shells
Some corals
Air
Most other things


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Re: Tums for calcium carbonate [Re: Hematite]
    #8875588 - 09/04/08 09:18 AM (8 years, 10 months ago)

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Hematite said:

Things that are not calcium carbonate:
Bone
Talc
Baking soda/powder
Plaster/gypsum
Unset mortar and concrete
Insect shells
Some corals
Air
Most other things




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