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Old 10-04-2006, 11:57 AM   #11
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Old 10-04-2006, 01:14 PM   #12
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ya no top offs, combined with doing water changes and topping off then is whats made your sg go up. I'd just take out a bit of water and add freshwater...let it be for a while, then if its still too high, do it again.

But i'd suggest using RO water, and not using tap. Tap water will have nitrates and phosphates in it more often than not, and the water conditioners dont do anything for that. Since you dont have an RO unit, i'd just go to either a water store like watermart, water and ice, or go to your lfs (they usually have it) or even walmart and get RO water. Tap is often the cause for algae cuz of the nitrates and phosphates.
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I have a 30 gallon sump--- that acts as an auto-top off right? then I just add fresh water to the sump every few days, when the water is lower in the sump??
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I have a 30 gallon sump--- that acts as an auto-top off right? then I just add fresh water to the sump every few days, when the water is lower in the sump??
I would say, yes. I don't have a sump, but I have my tank marked with tape, when the water level goes below that, I add tap.
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Jgallo, even with a sump you will need to topoff your water every day. It still has "tank" water in it which will effect your sg. I have to add water every day. Usually about 1/2 gallon. If I dont I see a spike in my sg.
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I have a 30 gallon sump--- that acts as an auto-top off right? then I just add fresh water to the sump every few days, when the water is lower in the sump??
no, it is NOT a top off unit. No you wont see the evaporation in the main tank, but you will see it in the sump. What i do is draw a line on my sump for where its sposed to be. Every day i fill it up to that line 2 times...i only let it get down like a half inch or so before i top off tho. So i get about a gallon a day in there.

But its still tank water running thru the sump, so when the water evaps from there, its gonna affect the water thats in the main tank, because its the same water.

But yes, that would be the place to top off at (in the sump i mean). Its easier to just dump in water in there than it is to just dump water in the main tank, mainly because when you do it in the main tank you kick up a lot of sand, blow the corals around (or knock them off), etc...in the sump, i just do it on the return pump side and its just glass in there..no problems
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Sorry, I didn't mena to quote the whole thig. I meant:
I just add fresh water to the sump every few days
Yes, sorry about the confusion.
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Everybody has given good advice. It is a good thing nothing went wrong by the SG flucuating that much.

Just thought I would mention that my hydrometer is off a good amount. The only thing I like it for is mixing new salt because I know where it is suppose to be compared to my refrac.
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ya hydrometers are usually off it seems...so in the future i suggest buying a refracto
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