Who is Balling?
Hans-Werner Balling was born in March 1965 and grew up in Hendungen (Lower Franconia).
From 1981 to 1983 he trained as a technical assistant for natural history museums and research institutes
at the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt am Main. The training took place among other things in the
sections of ichthyology with the well-known ichthyologist Wolfgang Klausewitz. This is where his first
contact with marine aquaristics came about.
After military service and work at the Mineralogical-Petrographical Institute of the University of Munich, he moved to the Jura-Museum Eichstätt in 1987 and was in charge of the aquariums there. In addition to a few freshwater aquariums, he was in charge of the marine aquariums with tank volumes of 1,000 l, 1,500 l and 5,000 l. In addition, two reef aquariums with corals of 800 l each were rebuilt, and the redesign of the large coral fish tank with 5,000 l to a reef aquarium was carried out.
After the first Acropora corals appeared on the market in the early nineties, he developed the supply method for aquariums known today as the "Balling Method", which is based on the supply of calcium chloride, sodium hydrogen carbonate and the avoidance of an ionic shift with sodium chloride-free sea salt. In 1994 this was published in the magazine DATZ.
In 2001 he moved to Tropic Marin (Dr. Biener GmbH) in Wartenberg/Hessen and since then he has been working there as a product developer in chemistry and aquarium laboratories. A large part of the product portfolio of Tropic Marin are new developments of Hans-Werner Balling.
With Carbo-Caclium and the All-For-Reef based on it, he succeeded in 2014 in taking another revolutionary step in the supply of aquariums. The supply of calcium and carbonate hardness with just one solution makes running a marine aquarium easier for many customers.