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Old 11-08-2012, 11:08 PM   #31
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Old 11-08-2012, 11:22 PM   #32
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I have a protein skimmer and I get my water from my lfs.
That's great to hear. Does it collect much gunk?

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Thanks coralline ill take bio balls out ASAP. One thing that you made me think of is getting an additional power head for water movement as I only have one right now.
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That's a wonderful idea. One powerhead in a large tank can allow detritus to settle on your rocks and substrate instead of forcing it to float around the tank and get sucked into the skimmer or filter. It's great to have powerful flow.

Also keep in mind that cleaning out filter floss (or pads) in tank water is only useful if you want the floss to act as bio-media. In a saltwater tank you want all that nice rock to be your bio-media. Rinsing it out in tap water once a week turns it into pure mechanical media which is much better for keeping nitrates under control. Let your rock do the job you want it to do and the filter pads the job it needs to do.

When you get your sump running you won't need the canister except maybe for running carbon, purigen or GFO... if that.

I also totally agree with SoftyGuy about checking the water from the fish store. Many stores let their RO filters go way to long. If they have beautiful reefs and display tanks at the store and nice looking saltwater livestock tanks, chances are they do a fine job with their RO filters. If their tanks look bleh, it isn't a good sign they have clean RO water in the shop.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:52 PM   #33
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Skimmer does collect a lot of gunk. I removed bio balls. And RO water tested at 10ppm nitrates.
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If you have a reading out of your ro water, then the filters or resin needs changed. The filtration and resin removes all tds, or total disolved solids, from the water so there shouldn't be anything in it.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:00 PM   #35
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I've heard that RO filters can't remove all nitrate from source water. It isn't actually a solid. Water can have zero TDS but still contain nitrate. It certainly may help to put in new cartridges if it's close to time anyway. If you do change the prefilters remember to wash out the canisters.

Did you test the tap water before it goes through the RO filter? You may just have high nitrates at the source. If it isn't high from the tap but shows up out of the RO it could be bacteria living in the filter itself (but it's not likely).
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I don't have an RO system yet. I get the water from my LFS
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:57 PM   #37
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That's right. Sorry I'm forgetful. Have you mentioned the nitrate problem to the store? Could easily be using way old prefilters that they either forgot about or didn't care enough to change. I usually found better water than your store sells at grocery store machines that refilled containers for a quarter a gallon. I hope you can find a workable solution to get good water from somewhere.
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It is not a suprise that the LFS is sloppy with the water they provide. I know one store that did not calibrate their refractometer in years. They did not even know it needed to be calibrated.
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So I finally finished installing sump cleaning tank and really cleaning the crushed coral. The plumbing was the biggest challenge but here it is. I also added some new rock.
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Great that you have a sump running! Tell us more about it. Is it in your garage? What is that setup with the reflector-looking thing! Let us know how it helped your nitrate levels.
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