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Old 03-21-2004, 04:12 PM   #11
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man you guys are bringing me down lol. I need to figure out something though there has to be a good way to get phosphate free water with otu buying it

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Old 03-21-2004, 06:56 PM   #12
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How about finding a buddy or two to share the cost of a RO/DI unit. I use mine about 3 days a month to make water for changes and top off.

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Old 03-21-2004, 08:08 PM   #13
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Well good luck whatever you decide to do. Where in Ohio are you. In the big city you may as well just dechlorinate the water if an RO unit is not feasible.

And I have nothing against Detroit, I just would not collect water there with all that acid rain.
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What kind of tank do you have? And have you tested your tap water for phophates and nitrates? If you only plan on FOWLR then dechorinated tapwater may be okay. Test it for nitrates and phosphates...there are lots of people who use dechlorinated tap with little or no problems. The best case scenario...your tapwater is fine. Bad scenario...your tap is high in nitrates and/or phosphates and you're constantly battling algae. Worst case scenario...your tap water is high in copper and constantly kills all your inverts. Here is a link to an article about the use of municipal water in marine aquaria....http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issues/jan2004/chem.htm The decision is up to you.
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Old 03-22-2004, 06:17 AM   #15
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I got a 55 reef style not much in it yet ,but zoo's and colony.I never tested it ,but know it has some phosphates as my 10 gallon was a mess until I got my urchin(aka the bulldozer). I have been keeping my spray bar below the water level to cut down on micro bubbles this seems to really help on hte algae side , plus it was hte bloom from my cycle.Good idea about sharing the RO unit. I p[lan to see first how well a established refuge with many plants can do in fighting off the phosphates

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