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Old 09-21-2012, 08:40 PM   #11
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Those filters are good for drinking water, but rather inadequate for reef tanks. If I had to take a guess though, I'd say that your filter needs replacement about a month ago.
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:44 PM   #12
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It has a light that tells me when to change. Green is good, yellow is time to change, and red is bad. Still green. I also add prime with each water change.
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Those lights measure back pressure, I believe. In which case, failure of the filter would not turn it red. It's a guide, not a rule. Diatoms means silicates, and silicates come from somewhere. This is one of the many reasons most reefers recommend RO water.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:14 PM   #14
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Got a new filter. I'm doing a 25% water change tomorrow after I siphon the sand. I've been doing smaller more frequent changes like 5% every three days so I'm going back to big changes every weekend. Going on vacation in 2 wks and I would like to have things stable while someone else cares for my fish
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:44 AM   #15
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I used to get diatom blooms at every water change when I used tap water. No more since switching to RO. I don't filter my own, there's a water store in town that is basically $4/25G. I usually grab 4 x 5G containers worth at a time, 5th one is free.

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