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Old 06-04-2012, 06:05 PM   #11
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you don't really need to keep the rock submerged. i would rinse it out in the old tank water to get out any detritus then put it in a box or container and cover it with wet newspaper.
Having the rock exposed to air for any length of time, even a few hours, could trigger something of a cycle, when put back in. I would keep it submerged, much safer bet.
This is what I did when I moved my 135, 8 miles, into my 180, and didn't see any cycle whatsoever.
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This would also be a good time to soak your equipment in a 50/50 vinegar & water combination to clean up the buildup on your pumps and skimmer.
Is it okay to use tap water when doing this? I must look like a right dork! I'm just trying to get to grips with what can affect the water and what can't.
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Old 06-05-2012, 06:51 AM   #13
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Having the rock exposed to air for any length of time, even a few hours, could trigger something of a cycle, when put back in. I would keep it submerged, much safer bet.
This is what I did when I moved my 135, 8 miles, into my 180, and didn't see any cycle whatsoever.
Yeh that was my plan. I'd rather be safe than sorry as there is a hell of a lot of live rock in there.
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:23 PM   #14
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Is it okay to use tap water when doing this? I must look like a right dork! I'm just trying to get to grips with what can affect the water and what can't.
Tap is ok but since you should be using rodi water for your system, might as well use that.
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Tap is ok but since you should be using rodi water for your system, might as well use that.
Okay. Sorry Rick, what's RODI water? As you can tell I'm a total beginner!
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Okay. Sorry Rick, what's RODI water? As you can tell I'm a total beginner!
RODI- reverse osmosis /de ionized water. Very pure water that goes through several filters. Not the stuff u get outta Walmart.
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Okay. Sorry Rick, what's RODI water? As you can tell I'm a total beginner!
It's Reverse osmosis & deionized water. Tap water inherently has many other compounds in it that though not detrimental to fish, will cause algae blooms and can cause damage to corals. If you're keeping a salt water tank, a rodi unit is a must have ime. Unless you can get your tap tested etc and find out it's ok.
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And a RODI unit you get installed at home and I guess it turns the tap water into pure water?
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And a RODI unit you get installed at home and I guess it turns the tap water into pure water?
Yep you install yourself, very easy!

Also if for some reason you do use tap, make sure you use dechlorinator to neutralize the chlorine in the tap. An Ro/DI system does this through filtering as well.
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Ah okay, how much do they retail at roughly?
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