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Old 09-20-2004, 08:17 PM   #1
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Do i have iron in my water?

i have had my aquarium up for a couple of months and jusy now brown stuff has appeared on the rocks. I know my hard water has iron in it and that is the water i use ti fill the aquarium. I could be diatoms because they seem to go away a little and come back. But if it is iron is it harmful to the fish and what can i do to get rid of it? should i use softwater instead? Thanks for any help!


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Old 09-20-2004, 09:14 PM   #2
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i have softwater in my house, due to the troubles we have with calcium deposits. If you can, get a Reverse Osmosis System and that should take out any inpurities in the water. Its better to get the drinking water system kind because you can use it as drinking water as well. If you need a certain model, i have the Kinetico drinking water system at http://kinetico.com/residntl/index2.htm its in the purfecta drinking water system category. Take a look. Otherwise, it might not even be iron thats causing your algae bloom. It might be phosphates or nitrates in the mains water. the only way is to test for dissolved solids.



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Old 09-23-2004, 08:37 PM   #3
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Thanks. I started a different thread in the reef-general discussion area and am recieving help there. I'll try and post a pic of the stuff.

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