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Old 10-08-2003, 09:25 PM   #1
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Using ozonizer without ORP controller( in reef tank)- ok?

This is how I plan to connect Coralife ozonizer to my 90 gallon reef tank.
The dosage will be 3mg/10gallons (max dosage for the ozonizer I have) .
It will be connected to the venturi port of my BakPak2 skimmer.
I was told that the usual dosage is around 5mg/10 gallons, but that is all I have right now, so I hope 3mg/10 gallons will still be somewhat sufficient.
I was also told that since I connect the ozonizer to venturi of skimmer, I really should not worry about passing water through carbon, because one will react by the time water goes to the main tank.
The main question I ponder is can I do without ORP controller for a few months?
Especially since the dosage is way less than the recommended average.
So the questions that remain are:
- Should I run the ozonizer all the time?
- What are some overdose symptoms in fish and inverts that I should keep an eye on?
- Will 3mg/10 gallons still be beneficial?
- Is it possible for the ORP to be too high?
- And finally will ozone take out any essential trace elements, such as iodine, calcium, strontium, magnesium etc… that I should increase supplementation of?

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Luke
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Old 10-08-2003, 10:04 PM   #2
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I am just wondering why so set on an ozonator?

You can acheive the same results from a UV Sterilizer and with a UV, there is no over doing it. The only side affect with over doing it, is heat.
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Ozone greatly increases skimmer efficiency. My guess is that you'd be OK with such a low dose, but this is based on reading and not experience. I'd get some more opinions before I did it. One option might be to put the ozonizer on a timer and not run it continuously.
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Thought this one needed some better attention than I was able to give it so....BUMP.
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Old 10-09-2003, 02:21 PM   #5
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i run mine at 5mg 24/7 and made a big diff in skimmer output for sure and havnt lost anything due to overdose!!
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