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Old 11-02-2004, 06:52 PM   #51
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Basically, yes.

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Old 11-09-2004, 05:46 PM   #52
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Right...I've just put the baserock in the tank (2nd qt) again...powerhead going.

As it's in the garage, I've covered the tank with kitchen foil, which is actually touching the surface of the water quite a bit (I dont suppose this matters). It's not totally airtight though of course.

And, I don't suppose the ph/sg are important in it?
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The water chem specs don't matter much but I wouldn't leave the aluminum foil. It will oxidize and leach into the water. Aluminum oxide is not healthy for marine animals.

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Hmm, it's now 2am, and the alu foil will have been in for about 14 hours (touching the water) before I'll have chance to take it out and put something else over it...

Will that be ok?
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Doesn't sound like there's much choice in the matter. I would suggest you change the water when you replace the "lid".

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After the rocks are ok, I'm not going to put them straight in my main - they'll be left to dry for a few days in the open air, then rinsed in used SW before being put in...will this not remove the aluminium oxide anyway?
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I would change 100% of the water and let them sit there a few days first. It will "dilute" the problem if there. Then you could do as you suggest.

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Hmm...is there any way I can test for the aluminium oxide in the water?
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Old 11-12-2004, 12:27 PM   #59
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Not that I am aware of.

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I guess I'll just start again in the container then...give everything a good rinse...

I'll change 100% of the water and start again - the foil was touching a bit of the water surface for approx 12 hours - after I've changed the water, let it sit for at least 4 days (probably more), let it dry out and then rinsed it in used SW before adding it to my main tank, do you think there'll still be a problem there (even if there was in the first place)?
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