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Old 01-03-2014, 11:32 PM   #1
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Natural Sea Water or RO/DI ?

Hi guys. I have a 100g coral/community tank and my ro/di unit has pooped its self.

I'm at the point where all the foundation in the tank is set and I need to start adding supplements to grow and let the corals shine!! But I'm not sure if it's worth buying another ro/DI unit or begin to get nsw (filtered)delivered. The water in my area isn't that great so I do a two stage filter then the ro/di.

Clean nsw is in reach but is it better to use ro/di?

If I use nsw do I still need to supplement things like calcium and the rest if I'm doing 30% water changes weekly?

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Old 01-03-2014, 11:46 PM   #2
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When you say nsw do you mean the processed one you buy at pet store? It is the best but too expensive though. In the long run you will still save more with a new RO/DI. BTW What happened to it? Those filters are replaceable.
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:50 PM   #3
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Yea defiantly from the aquarium... Ohh the ro/di we'll... There was an incident with a car and the front of my house. Unfortunately I live on one of those stress hoons love!

Do you think I should still supplement?
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Old 01-03-2014, 11:57 PM   #4
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The nsw has complete elements just like your salt mix. The dosing depends on how much your set up consumes really and not the quality of saltwater.
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With the salt. When it states it has all the elements are they a good source to go by. I mean do they have the halogens + potassium and boron etc...

Should I be supplementing them for good growth and coloration?
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With the salt. When it states it has all the elements are they a good source to go by. I mean do they have the halogens + potassium and boron etc...

Should I be supplementing them for good growth and coloration?
Yes it has all that in it and there is no need to supplement them. Only supplement what you test for and when needed.
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AHHHHHHHHH I did not know that!
I recently went into a an aquarium and a staff member told me my coral seems to be bleaching. Which freaked the heck out of me! My anemone is verry green and bright what do you think?
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It all looks fine to me lol
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Phew!!!! Lol I was freaking out. Nearly went and bought the Red Sea complete coral kit!
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Well you use do/do for top off when water evaporates, saltwater for Water changes. A RO unit is the most essential item in own in the saltwater hobby IMO. Don't even try city water as most likely the TDS in the water will kill all your coral. Copper is a big no-no. Also with a RO unit at your house you can mix your own SW for WC and make RO for top off. I suggest buying a RO/DI unit from BRS, bulkreefsupply.com . Best place to go IMO. Also just want to point out if the first pic is most recent, I would want to start thinking about getting rid of that puffer as sooner or later it will go to town on your corals.
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