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Old 03-17-2014, 02:32 AM   #11
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Are you using the old substrate when you bought the tank? I missed your last post. Tap water is a no no. That explains your high nitrate level.
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Another really good question. If you used the original sand or gravel or whatever you have then that is also I;d say the most likely source of ammonia. Moving a tank and not using new sand can muck up all the nasty crap in the sand and cause massive spikes. A good sized water change, like 50g would be a good place to start.
make sure the temp, salinity and ph are as close as you can get them so you dont shock what you have in the tank.
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Temp is at 76-78 usually and ph is 8.2 and salinity is .024
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:36 AM   #14
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Yes Jeff same substrate and I'm looking into a ro system.
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Old 03-17-2014, 02:37 AM   #15
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Those are good numbers, make sure the water change water you put in match those numbers as close as you can.
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I will I was told I could always go buy ro water would that be a bad idea since it's all tap water now ?
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Using ro water from now on would be an awesome thing to start doing!! It will help the tank not hurt it.
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This might sound like a dumb question lol but do the big water dispensers usually have a penguin on them provide ro water?
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When I started I buy ro water from grocery store at 25 cents per gal. But with the old substrate it will take you a loooong time to lower your nitrate down. Once you are ready for coral the ro/di is a must.
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I'll have to look into that Jeff and I just started looking into ro systems it's gonna be awhile before I get any corals I want to have everything as perfect as possible before I make that move.
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