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Old 03-05-2015, 11:13 AM   #11
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The necessity of a CUC aside, if you can get yourself a ro/di you can easily mix water up yourself much cheaper than what you can buy it for. It also gives you the control over what is going into your tank, between 0 TDS and then a salt mix that provides the elements you want.

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Originally Posted by BigRedsReefs10 View Post
Uv honestly doesn't do much for a sw setup, and none of those snails/crabs/starfish are necessary for an algae free tank if your maintenance habits are good.
I'll go a step further than that. There is no guarantee snails and crabs will do any sort of maintenance for you, regardless what the LFS (who's business is to sell livestock and components) says. "Cleanup crews" are completely unnecessary, and the name was made up by livestock retailers, and it's doing what it's meant to do- make people buy creatures just to starve them to death, and/or, like in your case, place them in close proximity with known predators.
Inverts are in no way a buffer to skip necessary tank husbandry.

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