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Old 05-15-2006, 10:13 PM   #11
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There is also a chance of picking up parasites in the NSW. I thought I read once that the water had to be in the dark for awhile to get rid of these parasites.
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Old 05-15-2006, 10:20 PM   #12
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Its kept in a solid black 200g holding tank.
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I live on the North Carolina coast and was using the universities filtered nsw. I got huge alge blooms and a lot of coraline die off. Everyone that I have talked to since has had more or less the same results. If I were you I would def. spend the money and avoid the future headaches! If you are running a reef tank than you really want to stay away but if you are running a fowlr you may be little better off but like i said i would stay away if i were you!
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I havent had any problems at all.
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Old 05-16-2006, 07:21 PM   #15
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A UV filter would kill the parasites wouldn't it? Maybe areate the water and runn it through a UV before you add it to the tank?
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I am using filtered natural seawater in my 29g at the moment because of convenience, don't have to drive to get RO/DI water or mix salt etc.. I am also starting to notice a die off of coraline algea after 3 weeks for what its worth. Keep in mind that the salinity of natural seawater is usually rather high, around 1.028 or 1.027, although being natural I doubt this is much of a problem just out of the normal aquarium range.
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:27 AM   #17
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I was told you could use NSW but not from close to shore. Five miles out or something if I remember.
You are absolutely correct. Nobody gets NSW from the shoreline. Almost all NSW is collected from after the shelf break, which varies, but is typically at least a mile offshore.

If NSW is what you're trying to replicate with syn. salt, then why would it be worse? I've heard nothing but good things about the benefits of NSW, and if it wasn't so heavy to lug around, I'd buy it myself. All the LFS around me use NSW. Sure, I've also heard about a few small inconsistancies with NSW, but you can't beat it. It's natural & the best. It's where the fish was living when you took it out of the wild.....
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The LFS said its from off catalina ( southern cal ) and they use UV sterilizers and activated charcol on it.
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The LFS said its from off catalina ( southern cal ) and they use UV sterilizers and activated charcol on it.
Window to the Sea? Len's great. Yup, and almost all LFS around us get thiers from Catalina. Although Jeffs Exotic Fish gets theirs trucked in from San Diego.
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Nah its this place right down the street from me. Where is Window to the Sea? Is Jeff's in Yorba Linda area? I think I have seen it.
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