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Old 07-06-2011, 09:48 AM   #11
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Right then, IF the rock is established i dont have an ro/di unit to change the water because i didnt think id need it yet, how would i change the ph and is the water hardness bad or good ?
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:57 AM   #12
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Ph buffers can get it in line, but do the water change first. I'd do about 20-30%. Use Distilled water from the grocery store if you think your tap isn't good enuf on phosphate readings or has other issues.

How long are your lights on by the way?

Is this going to be a reef tank?
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I have aquasafe to put in the water, is that any good ? lights are on from about 10 am till about 11 pm. No not going to be a reef tank.
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I'd go ahead and use tap water to do your water change. Lower the light cycle to 8 or 9 hours on also. I'm not a fan of additives to the water. Maybe a ph buffer for the time being though. What are you trying to accomplish with Aquasafe?

I don't know anything about the hardness.
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It says "makes tap water safe for fish" neutralises harmful chlorine,chloramine and heavy metals and clears the water.
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Guess it won't hurt, but testing the water for those bad things would be the route I'd take first.
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Okay then thanks for all this you really helped
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