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Old 02-24-2004, 09:21 PM   #11
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So does this mean that if you don't change out the stuff, in the future you'll lose everything?
Who knows. This is all theory at best. People who have had their reef tanks set up for 10+ years would disagree...

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Old 02-24-2004, 09:28 PM   #12
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People who have had their reef tanks set up for 10+ years would disagree...
See the thing is, I hear all about these "people" that have had their DSB's up for 7-10 years, but no one seems to be able to name them...

The tank Dr Ron tore down due to OTS was 7 years old, again another expert in the field maintaining the DSB.

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Old 02-24-2004, 09:39 PM   #13
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See the thing is, I hear all about these "people" that have had their DSB's up for 7-10 years, but no one seems to be able to name them...

The tank Dr Ron tore down due to OTS was 7 years old, again another expert in the field maintaining the DSB.
Good point, Kevin. I had no idea about Dr. Ron's OTS. I would like to know more about that. I may have to go do some research now that my wife is watching Gilmore Girls.

I will say that if I get 7-10 years out of my tank, it will be a blessing. I actually wouldn't mind having to tear down and start over if I had that kind of run. Would be a great excuse to "upgrade" at any rate.

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I will say that if I get 7-10 years out of my tank, it will be a blessing. I actually wouldn't mind having to tear down and start over if I had that kind of run. Would be a great excuse to "upgrade" at any rate.
That is also where the big question lies...you've been doing SW for 8 months...can you actually forsee NOT upgrading within 5-7 years? much less 7-10...
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Old 02-24-2004, 10:38 PM   #15
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This looks like a fine mess I've gotten myself into. I just changed out my cc to a 5" + dsb. Now I've got my live rock into my tank you are telling me that I may have messed myself over? I know I've got alot to learn but every one I spoke with about changing from cc to a dsb said it was the best thing I could do. Ok Do I pull out the dsb and put back my cc? If so why did I have to spend around 60 bux for sand I can't use? and why is everyone looking for southdown? Sorry but I'm really now.
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Don't get bent, LOL. As has been noted in both this thread and the other, DSB's will work for years flawlessly and the whole basis behind removing them or using them is theory. I don't think there is anything wrong with a DSB, but I do believe it has a finite life span. You simply need to research them and set them up and maintain them properly and recognize the signs when your DSB has reached the end of it's life.
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Ok, thanks. And BTW I put my lr in today and I did get an ammonia spike. You were right again.
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I am planning on emailing him in the next couple days about it so hopefully i will have for sure answers about it and not just what i remember.
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I think that in the next few years some more information will surface on this subject. By the time that you or I are in the time range for OTS there will be methods of determining how long you have, or what to look for with greater accuracy. In other words, why worry about something now, that you don't have to think about for over 5 years. I personally plan on moving in the next two and I will probably set up a new tank in the process.

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In other words, why worry about something now, that you don't have to think about for over 5 years.
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Agreed, I have enough worrying to do about corals/fish I"m buying now and learning about all this.
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