Since I don't have any meaningful coral yet, I figure this was my chance to try this out and get at my nitrates.
For the last 10 days I have changed 10% daily of my tank water with tap water mixed with reef crystals. The goal was also to slowly raise my salinity.
My nitrates went from 20-30 to about 10 ppm
! My tank also looks a lot cleaner from all the dirt I siphoned out.
All the livestock seems to be loving it.
I know it would have been even better to use ro
, but instead of procrastinating over my RO
unit I acted and got my tank cleaner.
Also it is a good habit now. It's kind of a ritual now, if I don't change my water daily I feel bad.
I still top off with distilled water. I'll keep you posted on the incoming disaster.