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Old 06-22-2011, 03:07 PM   #31
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I didn't do a water change with conditioner. I need to figure out the best way to replace my tank water (which is from the tap) with water that is safe for my creatures. I currently only have a hydrometer. I am going to go to my fish store today and take some water with me to get it test. If anything needs reduced I can figure out my best plan of action while there and I can also purchase a test kit.

Would the best way to bring my water quality up to par be to purchase the RO/DI unit and start using it for water changes. That seems like the best and most logical path to go down.

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Old 06-22-2011, 03:10 PM   #32
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If you can get a ro/di unit then yes, that will help you out as you do pwc's. i started with tap water too. lol I did several large pwcs' and then large weekly ones and after a few months my phosphate issue resolved itself. i never had an algae problem due to my lawmower blenny and my sea hare.
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BTW: you don't use saltwater to top off either. You use regular water as you're just replacing the evaporated water and salt doesn't evaporate.
I was just asking how Carey get her salinity up, and she said she uses saltwater top off instead of fresh to get the desired effect.

How do you raise the salinity in your tank?

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I was just asking how Carey get her salinity up, and she said she uses saltwater top off instead of fresh to get the desired effect.

How do you raise the salinity in your tank?

Thank for the input.

Yep, just to get salinity up slowly. Not as a regular top off. lol
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If you can get a ro/di unit then yes, that will help you out as you do pwc's. i started with tap water too. lol I did several large pwcs' and then large weekly ones and after a few months my phosphate issue resolved itself. i never had an algae problem due to my lawmower blenny and my sea hare.
Ok that is great! Im think im going to take the trip to my LFS today. I have never had algae but I just got my light up a few days ago.

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If your LFS has one thats too much money I'd suggest looking on ebay. Also, if you want the portable one I can link it to you if I haven't already. It hooks up to a garden hose or your sink faucet. The other ones that tap into your plumbing I'm not knowledgeable about sorry.
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You already gave it to me. Thanks alot you have been a great deal of help!
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OK so today I went to my LFS and got a Copper test and a Nitrate test... They both seem to be at baseline I will post pictures after... My salinity is now much better at 1.24 ppt... They didn't have a kit so I go what I thought might be the problem and what I would need later on... I also got water conditioner and new filter pads... I will retest later, change my filter pads later, do a water change, add some conditioned water, and retest about an hour after I do all that.

What do you guys think now? Could my inverts have died from low salinity or possible the chlorine in the water? Could it be something else?
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The two test. They look good as far as I can tell.
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I was just asking how Carey get her salinity up, and she said she uses saltwater top off instead of fresh to get the desired effect.

How do you raise the salinity in your tank?

Thank for the input.
I would raise salinity with saltwater, but top off due to evaporation would not cause your salinity to lower it would result in a raise SG. If you need to raise your salinity during a topoff .. that just means that the SG was already too low before evaporation or you don't know how to read your hydrometer/refractometer
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