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Old 08-23-2009, 07:30 PM   #11
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I'm confused. In January you said that your RO/DI unit was putting out .17ppm of PO4 and that you were running a PO4 reactor in your sump. In July it looks like you were changing lighting/bulbs. What did you end up with? Are you wet/dry w/ bioballs or LR sump/ref?

Looking at the Richmond Va water quality report, while it's not stellar it's certainly doesn't look that bad esp if you're running a 3 stage RO w/ 2 DI full DI cans.

.85 is a pretty big number. when is the last time the unit was changed/flushed?
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The .85 was about 1 month ago before i got the money together to replace the cartridges. I am working on getting a TDS meter. Any ideas as to where I can get a good quality one? I am running a carbon filter, then the membrane, then 2 DI canisters. I have a 20 gallon reg refugium/sump w/ rubble and culerpa in the fuge, bio-balls for the baffle/bubble trap, then return section.
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Old 08-23-2009, 09:13 PM   #13
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I got my latest one off ebay. Was pretty cheap , as I remember.. Like $20 shipped maybe?
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:15 PM   #15
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Captain,I work for his water municipality. It`s Chesterfield county water not Richmond. Even though I think it`s better than Richmond I know we do add phosphates to the water as well as ammonia, nitrates, chlorine and flouride. Good for us humans but not so good for our reefs.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:38 PM   #16
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so, what now?
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Old 08-24-2009, 12:30 AM   #17
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all of which a general ro or ro/di should handle quite easily no? It's coming from somewhere.. right? type of sand? food? bad filter?

at one point the OP was playing with his lights...

There's an answer somewhere, one would think
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all of which a general ro or ro/di should handle quite easily no?
Most definitely. He told me he`s feeding every 5-7 days so food cant be the problem. Remind me Matt what types of flow are in there.
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This maybe a dumb, newbish question but what the heck... I'm gonna ask it.

Have the bioballs been thoroughly rinsed / cleaned recently?

Also, I have seen an individual rock that was able to somehow leech out phosphates (one rock in a spotless tank, COVERED with hair algae). That could account for it, but would be a nightmare to isolate.
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I have a Seio 820, a Seio 1100, and a Mag 9.5 for the return. I have never rinsed the bio-balls since i changed over to this tank almost 2 yrs ago.
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