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Old 04-19-2007, 11:02 PM   #11
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Most times you can raise or lower your calcium by doing frequent PWC`s
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Old 04-22-2007, 09:06 PM   #12
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I am about to place my order for everything but the LR, RO/DI unit, and the skimmer. I will order the LR after I receive the dry goods to reduce die-off and the skimmer after the tank is cycled. My question is about the water. Should I hold off on starting the tank until I buy the RO/DI unit, or could I get away with using RO/DI water from the grocery store. (I work at a grocery store so I could get it after the system has been inspected.) Could I use distilled water to cycle and do water changes with RO/DI water from then after? TIA!
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Could I use distilled water to cycle and do water changes with RO/DI water from then after? TIA!
IMO you could do that to start off with. I used distilled water for 7 yrs before I got my RO/DI unit. RO/DI is the best and you do need to get it going as soon as possible though.
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die-off and the skimmer after the tank is cycled.
A skimmer is definitely a bonus when curing LR. You may want to reconsider.
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Really?! I always thought that would harm the newly forming bacteria.
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I guess it could reduce the amount of waste/ammonia, in some situations, more than desired for cycling. The LR is going to release a lot of DOC's as things die. Those nutrients may then settle into the rock, and could be released later causing algae issues, etc. IMO you should still see a significant enough ammonia spike for proper cycling while using a skimmer. It may also reduce the cycle time along w/ curbing nutrient issues down the road. Running a PO4 reducer when done cycling would be good also. Rowaphos and phosban are two very effective products.
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Well my order arrived this evening. Everything appears to be well except for the salt mix. There was a small hole in the bag and it leaked onto everything. It also appeared to be damp. I contacted the Dr.'s Foster & Smith customer support folks who are going to send me a new bag. Other than that, all is well. I didn't realize how big the Koralia water pump was though! It seems huge compared to the rest of my tank. Maybe I can cleverly hide it behind some LR, as that is next on my list of things to purchase! Does anyone else have a clever trick for hiding things like this?
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I am now ready to purchase the RO/DI unit. Is the one I previously suggested a good choice, or would I be better off getting some other one? They have some that are a bit more expensive that says 0ppm. Would this be money well spent, or would it just be a waste? Thanks!
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