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Old 08-05-2009, 02:48 PM   #11
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You are not using tap water are you?
Yes I am at the moment, I'm going to order a RO/DI unit in about 2 weeks. The readings of the tank are as follows: Nitrates = 5mg/l, Phosphates = .25mg/l, Ammonia = 0, Nitrite = 0, Silicate = 2mg/l, DK = 9, PH = 8.2, Specific Gravity 1.024.
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Yes I am at the moment, I'm going to order a RO/DI unit in about 2 weeks. The readings of the tank are as follows: Nitrates = 5mg/l, Phosphates = .25mg/l, Ammonia = 0, Nitrite = 0, Silicate = 2mg/l, DK = 9, PH = 8.2, Specific Gravity 1.024.
the phosphates and the silicate are why all the diatom. it will burn out when all theses are gone but if you continue to add tap water you will never get rid of the 2 problems. It will go away after you get your RO/DI
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Thanks MD. I'm going to see if I can order the unit sooner. Are the readings that bad or are they OK, I thought they were pretty good for using tap?
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Yes I am at the moment, I'm going to order a RO/DI unit in about 2 weeks. The readings of the tank are as follows: Nitrates = 5mg/l, Phosphates = .25mg/l, Ammonia = 0, Nitrite = 0, Silicate = 2mg/l, DK = 9, PH = 8.2, Specific Gravity 1.024.
Your phosphate is quite high, since the recommended level is .03.
Same with the silicates. You will have diatoms at the 2 ppm level your at now. It should be as close to 0 as possible.
As long as your using tap water, you will see diatoms and they will last a few weeks or more after you start using a RO/DI filter.

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I guess mine burned themselves out because I dont use tap water =)
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Your phosphate is quite high, since the recommended level is .03.
Same with the silicates. You will have diatoms at the 2 ppm level your at now. It should be as close to 0 as possible.
As long as your using tap water, you will see diatoms and they will last a few weeks or more after you start using a RO/DI filter.

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I guess mine burned themselves out because I dont use tap water =)
What do you use?
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What do you use?
Read your PM and you will know what I use!

Completely random but check this site out, its amazing:
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Read your PM and you will know what I use!

Completely random but check this site out, its amazing:
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The random site is great the one on the worm is a little scary I would run and hide if I found a worm that was 7 foot long.
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The random site is great the one on the worm is a little scary I would run and hide if I found a worm that was 7 foot long.
Yeah, that worm would make me pee my pants...
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