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Old 12-02-2011, 12:41 AM   #11
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If you ever get a nem you might want to consider getting foam intakes for the powerheads other than that no one can really get hurt by them. My snail and shrimp crawl all over my powerheads no problem.

For a hundred or so bucks you could invest in a RODI system that does 90g a day. Which would be worth the investment in the long run. Are you running GFO or chemipure elite. That will help with the phosphate and silicates in the water.
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Old 12-03-2011, 09:44 AM   #12
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As I a stated earlier I have bought and read 2 books, reviewed countless threads, talked to several people, and compiled a notebook full of notes. I wish I would have done more.

The biggest change I would make would be drilling the tank for sump/refug. After going through everything I thought that with all the live rock, and sand the biological filter would be enough. Now that my water parameters are good I guess it may just be. But it would make me more comfortable to have it set up for additional volume if nothing else.Plus it would make my tank look better by removing the protein skimmer and hob filter. Will probably buy a hob overflow but have read a few horror stories.

I have looked into a few small ro systems and I will get one later. $$
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I am in a similar situation, minus the tap water since I get my water out of a spring that is under a corn field that has crap spread on it for fertilizer... So I started with pre mixed salt water and buy gallons of distilled water on sale. I just started a post about a sump, but I like the idea of a ro system. It was stated that you can find them for 100 or so bucks? Where was this at? I haven't done much research into them as I want to get the sump part figured out first. How are these systems even hooked up, just another pump through the 3 filtration sections and back up?
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Purewaterclub.com

Is the best price I found so far. There are a few different installation methods covered on that site.
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