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Old 06-21-2014, 08:46 AM   #11
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You can get stickers that leave in tank for ammonia so saves testing, will show you if it goes up.
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Yes, i have one of those too.
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I don't trust any kind of strips not even a strip thermometer
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:53 PM   #14
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I don't trust any kind of strips not even a strip thermometer

Especially the ones that go outside the tank..
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If you have a uv sterilizer, check to make sure the glass sleeve isn't leaking.
I don't know if this is an issue, but I did notice the brass shutoffs you have. Perhaps they could be leaching some copper or other metal?
Just throwing it out there.
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Thanks. You might me right about the copper. I do have a UV light. Don't think that the problem but I will check.
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Do you think the meals are the cause? I have several metal car clamps in the water (one seems to be rusting) holding the piping in place and I also have 2 metal shut off valves and a metal back-flow valve.
It is a fairly big job to replace it all with plastic but if it allows me to keep corals and fish as well as invertebrates (they all die on me within a day) then i will change things over.
Please advise.
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I agree...Lose the metal shutoffs. I would start there. If they are leaching something, it may have ruined the rock in the system, and that may need to be removed as well.
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Do you think the meals are the cause? I have several metal car clamps in the water (one seems to be rusting) holding the piping in place and I also have 2 metal shut off valves and a metal back-flow valve.
It is a fairly big job to replace it all with plastic but if it allows me to keep corals and fish as well as invertebrates (they all die on me within a day) then i will change things over.
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Two dissimilar metals in contact with an electrolyte (saltwater) basically creates a battery and one metal will pull ions from the other metal into the solution - per my son.
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