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Old 06-27-2011, 09:03 PM   #11
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Basically what is the ideal depth for the substrate in my 80G reef tank and is crushed coral, sand or a combination the best? I have the substrate from my old setup (crushed coral mostly) but is it a good idea to reuse it considering the organic material left in it from before or can it be effectively washed by flushing it with water and agitating it at the same time?
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:09 PM   #13
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I am not familiar with the term "Makeup water", is this the same as "top off water"? Also do I really need TDS at zero?
Yes, they are the same. No, you don't really need TDS at zero unless you stopped doing the water changes you need to make for other reasons anyway.
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Basically what is the ideal depth for the substrate in my 80G reef tank and is crushed coral, sand or a combination the best? I have the substrate from my old setup (crushed coral mostly) but is it a good idea to reuse it considering the organic material left in it from before or can it be effectively washed by flushing it with water and agitating it at the same time?
What are your goals for the tank? A sand sifting critter will not be happy with crushed coral, but crushed coral is easier to clean than sand. Reusing old substrate from an active tank is fine. You may have another cycle after doing so, as the deeper buried organics get stirred up into the aerobic zone, so I would be careful about adding it if the tank is already occupied. Flushing out the excess organics might wash off or chlorinate the friendly bacteria. If adding to an established tank that might be a good thing, but if trying to get a new tank to cycle faster it would not be a good thing.
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I had an RO/DI question if that's alright. I have a new 150 gph 6 stage RO/DI and I really want to hook it up. The issue though is that I'm moving across the country in about a month. Will I have to buy new filters if its unhooked for a week during the move or can I hook it up at the new house as is?

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no you dont need to buy new fllters just pack it up and hook it back up after you get settled maybe throw away the first few gallons after you move but even that probably isnt needed but it couldnt hurt lol
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+1 Hackteck

The unit and filters should be fine. I would also throw out a few gallons of new water after your arrival, can't be too safe in my opinion.
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That's pretty sweet news! I'm going to hook it up tonight after work. Thanks for the quick response Hackteck and Carey.
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