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Old 11-18-2014, 06:45 PM   #11
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Switching from distilled to ro/di will give you the real 0 TDS you want. Distilled is not 0 tds, but feeding so much is also feeding the issues.
Increased water changes, removal of algae, so on will keep things under control. There is no need to use chemicals or products.
I wasn't aware there was a fake 0 tds. Would you like to elaborate on that some more?

@farmerizzy Correlation does not imply causation. Just because you changed water types around the time you got algae doesn't necessarily mean it was the water.

I'd be willing to bet tank husbandry/overfeeding is to blame. If you arent exporting enough waste it's going to feed that algae regardless of what any testkit says. From my experience any tank I setup without a protein skimmer gets hair algae.
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I'm not saying it is fake, I'm saying that distilled water shouldn't give a 0 tds reading. It can be...but I'd never count on it. U.S. guidelines for the TDS of distilled water is UNDER 10 ppm, where tap is generally defined as running between 2-300 ppm...though this can obviously vary from where you live and so on.
I've never personally tested the TDS of the distilled water that I use. Just watched the differences in algae growth from one brand to another to find the one that is available to me that works best, with the least amount of growth. This is something that I have considered getting a pocket TDS meter and getting readings that I could actually show to others considering the same thing, but have never done it.
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I'm not saying it is fake, I'm saying that distilled water shouldn't give a 0 tds reading. It can be...but I'd never count on it. U.S. guidelines for the TDS of distilled water is UNDER 10 ppm, where tap is generally defined as running between 2-300 ppm...though this can obviously vary from where you live and so on.
I've never personally tested the TDS of the distilled water that I use. Just watched the differences in algae growth from one brand to another to find the one that is available to me that works best, with the least amount of growth. This is something that I have considered getting a pocket TDS meter and getting readings that I could actually show to others considering the same thing, but have never done it.
I have the cheapo $25 (TDS meter) one from bulk reef supply. The few times I tested distilled it was always 0 tds. However someone not actually checking the tds could be slipped a mickey urry now and then I suppose.
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