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Old 05-13-2010, 11:43 PM   #251
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Less flow in the tank = more time for detritus to settle in the tank instead of being sent to the sump where the skimmer can remove it or kept in suspension where the skimmer can get it on the next pass...

I prefer more flow. Better for the tank overall and especially for corals.

You may be overthinking the issue. Don't forget the Occam's Razor principle.
Was actually thinking adding another powerhead for circulation in the tank and just allow the water to stay in the sump a little longer. What got me thinking about this was I was doing some reading on nitrates. On the thread an aquarist replied that they had a 55g reef tank and had the same problem. Added some powerheads to the main tank and actually went from a Mag 7 down to a Mag 3 and nitrates went to 0 and has been there for 3 years now. So it got me thinking. I personally don't care to drop all the way down to a Mag 3 was thinking the 5 since I need to replace my pump anyway.
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or maybe your problem developed because your pump is failing... I don't know... just trying to help you think critically...
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Old 05-15-2010, 06:26 PM   #253
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I think I might have found my problem! Just picked up a TDS meter. Water out of RO/DI is 0. I have five 5g water jugs from water a water fountain that I use to mix water in. The TDS in those is 11ppm
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One question! There is a build up of calcium in the bottom of the jugs from when I was using Coralife Salt would that cause a TDS of 11ppm? I guess it would be best to just buy a rubbermaid trash can and then I know the TDS should be 0
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Yup, if you have ANY residue in the bucket it will show up on your TDS meter.

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Old 05-15-2010, 06:45 PM   #256
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so is it worth it to just replace them so that I know it is 0 and the jugs are not causing the problem?
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Calcium residue isnt a problem. Its junk from the main water line that is the problem, so if its just calcium ions that are showing up on your TDS meter, then no harm. I dont see how you could have nitrates, phosphates, silicates, ect from a plastic jug unless they were put in there from something else. Id keep the jugs, as its just more money to have to spend for no reason really. If you wanted to be extra certian, you could test the water from the jugs for nitrates, phosphates, silicates ect. Might give you something to do if thats what you are looking for. :p

Maybe rinse out the bucket really, really well and see if your TDS value drops.
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Old 05-15-2010, 10:36 PM   #258
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good old vinegar cleaned them right up. Let them sit filled with water tonight to dillute the vinegar and then I will test them tomorrow
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Well to help keep the sandbed stirred I traded my evil bicolor for a diamond gobie! My god at the stuff he has stirred up in the sand bed! He is really doing his job and is so fun to watch!
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Question since adding the Diamond Goby my water has been cloudy because of all the crap he is stirring up. Which is why I bought him to help the snails stir the sand bed. Because of all the crap floating in the water and I mean the tank stays cloudy. Should I increase my water changes to more than two 10g water changes a week? Or just let the skimmer work it and stay with 10g water changes on Mon and Thurs?
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