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Old 03-13-2013, 01:44 PM   #11
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What size tank is this? Those power compacts don't penetrate the water very well I'm afraid. Yes, definitely run all the lights at once. You can shut the daylights off an hour before the actinic lamp, and turn it on an hour after the actinics, for your morning evening transition, but leave them on throughout the day.
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You can have a low phosphate level by starting with ro/di water. It'll have 0 phosphates. Then simply feed lightly and rarely, I feed twice a week. Then with a nice strong flow the food shouldn't settle and can be removed via fitlration, skimming or whatever way you choose.

You can use products like phosban and Gfo to reduce phosphates, but yours aren't out of control to make me think you need to go that far. I run Gfo on my tank via a reactor, but my phosphate issues were high and ongoing. Using Gfo I have been able to keep the phosphates at .03.
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Is it true that ro di water is so unstable that a liquid test of the water for phosphates could cause a false high reading?
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Untrue. The ions are unstable and make us so you shouldn't drink it, but that is all I've ever read about. I've never had any issues with false readings from my ro/di.
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I have heard this as well, but then why do they use reverse osmosis to purify many brands of drinking water? It says so right on the bottle.
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I believe that the ions later stabilize either over time or during the bottling process. I don't drink bottled water so I never cared to look into it any further than a quick thought about it.
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I did some research and in fact ro do water will grab onto any molecular structure or compound it comes in contact with in order to try to get back to what it once was... Thus causing a false reading on ro di, every search i run, no one uses liquid tests on ro di, they say the test for ro di is a tds meter as it wont add any molecular or ionized compounda back into the water
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Just thought id ask to see what you guys thought about it. Cause i tested my mixed saltwater and it was way lower then the ro di by itself, just wondering if my ro di is adding phosphates... My phosphates in the tap water i have are seriously between .09 and .04 which i thought was incredible
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Zero TDS is Zero TDS.
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There shouldn't be anything in the ro/di. It strips all dissolved solids out of the water. If it is t, the. A filter or resin might need changed. In terms of the salt mix lowering the reading, sounds more like an issue with the testing or reading.
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