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Old 01-04-2011, 12:57 PM   #71
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I would use reverse osmosis water, not distilled. RO water is completely pure and never gives me any ill results. I used distilled for a few months and all I got was a growth of some red algea that looked like diatom. It went away a few weeks after I switched to RO. And yes make sure its freshwater your replacing evaporated water with, otherwise salinity goes up and up.
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:44 PM   #72
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ok ill try to use RO water from now on.

correct me if im wrong but is this the process i do to get RO water?
(i have a aquafina 5gal jug)

mix the correct ratio
let it sit for 24hrs
add to tank?
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Old 01-04-2011, 03:55 PM   #73
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Do not add salt to top off water. It will increase the salinity of the tank. Salt stays in the tank when the water evaporates, so you dont need to add saltwater....
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Old 01-04-2011, 06:20 PM   #74
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did my daily water tests, and i noticed that my nitrate is higher then 20 but not at the full color of 50.

i was reading Spoonmans "fishless cycle" and that said to do a PWC to get the nitrates down. would anyone else recommend doing a PWC?
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yes, it's never bad to do a water change if it's the same salinity and ph!
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:07 PM   #76
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Reverse osmosis is water pushed through a multi layered membrane. Each layer has smaller and smaller holes. Once the water reaches the center there's really nothing left but h2o. As a matter of fact I have heard of processes that filter the water down to just higrogen and oxegen molecules leaving nothing but pure water. They use it to desalinate water from the ocean in attemps to fix the ever growing proplem of water shortage.

You can buy RO water from wall mart. Around here its 73 cents a gal. Other then that you have to get an RO filter for your sink. I'm not sure if that's what you ment with your question but there it is.
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Reverse osmosis is water pushed through a multi layered membrane. Each layer has smaller and smaller holes. Once the water reaches the center there's really nothing left but h2o. As a matter of fact I have heard of processes that filter the water down to just higrogen and oxegen molecules leaving nothing but pure water. They use it to desalinate water from the ocean in attemps to fix the ever growing proplem of water shortage.

You can buy RO water from wall mart. Around here its 73 cents a gal. Other then that you have to get an RO filter for your sink. I'm not sure if that's what you ment with your question but there it is.
yes needed something in lamens terms, lol. thank you.
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todays readings after a 10-15% PWC

Ammonia - right above 0
Nitrite - .1
Nitrate - 10

i just noticed today that if i look at water surface from below i see some build up everywhere. when i touch it with my finger, it dissipates. what is this?
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you need to point a powerhead in such a way so that it breaks that film up, and puts it back in the water column so it can be filtered out. it's organic waste.
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That's one beauty of sumps, they skim the surface keeping it crystal clear. In your case the powerhead is the way to go.
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