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Old 08-06-2011, 02:39 PM   #11
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- ro/di water looks pretty sweet now i bet
So are you saying that the phospate reading is trouble? I know it would be best to have 0 but is 1 rally all that bad? Honest thoughts please. I don't want to spend the extra money but I don't want to fight a loosing battle either. No need to spare my feelings trust me. If you think I am an idiot I can take it. Hehehe
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:42 PM   #12
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disclaimer - I have not gotten into reef keeping yet but look at the recommended phosphate levels here Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

seems like a lot more when ideally you want .0something

Also, I just thought i'd mention this but when I did the math for buying say..50 gallons of saltwater from my LFS it comes out to $25 (.50/gallon) while at the same time buying a bag of salt mix that yields 50 gallons = about $25
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:55 PM   #13
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disclaimer - I have not gotten into reef keeping yet but look at the recommended phosphate levels here Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

seems like a lot more when ideally you want .0something

Also, I just thought i'd mention this but when I did the math for buying say..50 gallons of saltwater from my LFS it comes out to $25 (.50/gallon) while at the same time buying a bag of salt mix that yields 50 gallons = about $25
You can get a box of Instant Ocean Reef Crystals for mixing 200 gallons for about $50.00.On eBay you can find RO/DI units for between $50 to $80 bucks.
Anyone who is planning to stay in SW for any amount of time is way better off to go that route.Plus you have the advantage of mixing your own water and insuring the mix is correct.You would be surprised how much the LFS's water can be off and even they top off water they sell isn't always good.
Also,no lugging containers back and forth.
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Old 08-06-2011, 02:58 PM   #14
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disclaimer - I have not gotten into reef keeping yet but look at the recommended phosphate levels here Reef Aquarium Water Parameters by Randy Holmes-Farley - Reefkeeping.com

seems like a lot more when ideally you want .0something

Also, I just thought i'd mention this but when I did the math for buying say..50 gallons of saltwater from my LFS it comes out to $25 (.50/gallon) while at the same time buying a bag of salt mix that yields 50 gallons = about $25
Thanks for the link. I will check it out. As for the LFS saltwater, the distance to any LFS makes that very hard for me. When it comes to cost, I bought a box of salt for less than $50.00 yesterday. That box will do 200 gallons of water. That works out to be .25/gallon.
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Ricksreef, I would love your input on the phosphate. Do I really have a lot to worry about if my filtered tap water has a phosphate reading of 1?
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If you're doing a fowlr tank, phosphates won't matter and will only produce algae. If your doing a reef, any amount if phosphates can stunt and kill some corals. There. Yes, 1.0 ppm phosphates do matter.
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If you're doing a fowlr tank, phosphates won't matter and will only produce algae. If your doing a reef, any amount if phosphates can stunt and kill some corals. There. Yes, 1.0 ppm phosphates do matter.

Right now it is a FOWLR however, that is only because I have been told to wait a month or two before adding any coral. Guess I better get an RO/DI unit orderred up today. You guys have made my mind up. Thanks, I may be stubborn but I come around in time.

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I added coral a week after I setup and cycled my aquarium. It was a rock with zoas on them. I think people tell you to wait, so you can gain more experience IMO.
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I added coral a week after I setup and cycled my aquarium. It was a rock with zoas on them. I think people tell you to wait, so you can gain more experience IMO.
Which, in my case, is not a bad idea. LOL It is hard enough trying to keep up with all I need to figure out about the fish let alone the corals.

Anyway, you guys will be glad to hear that I just finished placing an order for th RO/DI unit. You done good.
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