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Old 04-20-2012, 12:42 PM   #71
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Test your r/o water.
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I doubt it would be from your well. I also have one and every year the neighbors spread the wonders of natural fertilizer to grow more corn for their cows, which leaks into my water. If that isn't an issue through my 2 stage RO/DI, then I'd have a hard time believing it would be coming from there.
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Test your r/o water.
+1 on that...
But a wells location is the only thing that will give you your water quality. No two wells will be the same, even is the same yard.

RO/DI a few weeks ago was up 30ppm. Started at 7ppm. But I have it coming in raw now. Meaning before water softener...

I have the replacement filters but am lazy and would hate to throw them away after only 4months.. But I use water.. I have a 6 stage 150gpd. with 3 pre filter, carbon and DI.
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Fresh Mixed Reef Crystals = Magnesium 1660ppm
RO/DI = Magnesium 0 or as low as the kit will go Reg A + Reg B = end color.


So I think I'm calling it a bad batch of salt. Will email the maker and see what happens.. Better check calcium and alk too I guess.

Calcium = 400ppm
Alk. = 8dKH
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Don't forget to consider that these test kits are hobby grade. They are not the same ones used by chemists who are discovering cures for diseases. Picture them sitting next to the model airplanes at the hobby store.
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Don't forget to consider that these test kits are hobby grade. They are not the same ones used by chemists who are discovering cures for diseases. Picture them sitting next to the model airplanes at the hobby store.

true but still high magnesium "won't" make me have the problems I'm having..?... Or at least others have posted high levels like mine and report no ill effects on sps's..?
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I am not sure whether you ever came to a conclusion on what the problem is. I know after extensive research on DIY lights 1 watt l.e.d.s r the way to go. With temperature being 30000k for sky. I would think 10000k is low but Idk. Your coral should survive more than a day. From the way I understand it you need carbon in the system not only because of filtration but because the coral needs it. My coral always perks up when I change my carbon. I am not sure if it's the carbon or better water but I wouldn't run without carbon. This post was so long I forgot how big your tank was I just have a hob filter and the filter cartridge has activated carbon between the floss layers. My new custom 118 build is using biomate carbon balls in the overflow spillout area in the refugium/sump.
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1 watt LEDs are not strong enough for this tank. 30,000k? I'm assuming you mean 3,000k.
That's not going to work for this application.

Carbon has it's benefits, but I don't think it's a magic elixir. It will remove some impurities and odors from the water.
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I agree with Mr x carbon is not your answer I've never seen corals die in a few days even when water quality is terrible you have something desperately wrong if they are dying that quickly .I would start back to basics test your RO do a massive water change with some quality salt Tropic Marin even reef crystals are fine. Stop dosing. And continue to check RO and do pwc for six months then try some easier to support corals most of the stuff you're corals need is in your salt. If u buy quality salt then there shouldn't be much to dose maybee calcium.
That's my opinion
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I said that 30000 is above water sky if you were to look up outside on a clear day. Since we put our lights right above the water they do not need to b 30000 but I feel they should be stronger than a 10000k but that's just my opinion and also said that I feel u should use carbon not u have to Idk never researched anything just know my corals like fresh carbon so must be doing something idk. I have also been experimenting with some 20000k 1watt leds and they r brighter and penetrate the water way better than my t5 fixture so Idk what ur working with but mine will hit the 2 foot mark without even trying.
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