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Old 11-05-2005, 02:27 PM   #31
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RO water for topoff too.

Around here it's pretty economical to buy RO water from the grocery store. Wal-mart sells it as "drinking water".
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My understanding is the stuff labled drinking water is not distilled and it is not reversed osmosis, it is just "purified" with a standard purifier. That is what people on this site have told me, as well as people from the lfs.

Regarding the DIY sump, there are plans on this website. My husband made ours, photos of it are in my photo gallery.
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You`re making a step in the right direction. If you could build a refuge with some macro in it it would eliminate alot of your nitrates
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You state that your ammonia is at .25. With a level like this it is not likely your fish would live long. You have been set up for plenty of time for the tank to cycle so my hunch is you should try a different/fresh test kit.

It could be you are chasing a number that doesn't even really exist due to a faulty or stale test kit. Have your lfs test for nitrates and pick up a new test kit while you are there if your results and his don't jib.
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My understanding is the stuff labled drinking water is not distilled and it is not reversed osmosis, it is just "purified" with a standard purifier.
That may be regional. The fine print on my local Wal-Mart's drinking water says it was purified by Reverse Osmosis. It is not DI filtered, so it is probably not as pure as what you can make at home with a good RO/DI filter, but it's a whole lot better than tap.
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is .25 really that bad for fish? they are quite happy and healthly, so maybe you are right, i will take my water to the lfs tomorrow.
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Its not that it will kill them right this second. But the fish will gradually deteriate as their immune system is weakened.
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ok, so i recieved the caulpera, do i just stick it in the water?? does it need to be planted in the sand??
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here is the kind that it is...http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...ayphotohosting, its C. serrulata macroalgae, also known as "Saw Blade Caulerpa"...
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should i be syphoning the bottom when i do my water changes?? as ive been reading ive noticed alot of ppl say to leave it alone or it can cause more nitrates...
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