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Old 07-11-2015, 11:12 PM   #331
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do you maybe have a pet store that sells ro/di water ,where you can get enough ro/di water to do a few big water changes , could get a few 5g buckets from home depote
to carry the water in bucket and cover I think are around $3.50
I think your right with the bigger water changes, as those smaller water changes are really not doing nothing as it just blends in with all the murk ,
once you get that done you'll probably see a big difference no doubt
resolving the milky green water,
your tank by chance is it by a window if so that could have started your issue
If I was local I'd bring you a bunch of water , I know a lot of the ro/di units are slow
I have a commercial one in my basement that kicks butt
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Old 07-11-2015, 11:26 PM   #332
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Maybe run some carbon.
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Old 07-12-2015, 10:07 AM   #333
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I am running carbon, but there has been no change.
The nearest LFS that I would trust is an hour away and I can't lift 5g of water. I have the Home Depot buckets plus a Reef Crystals bucket. The RO/DI unit can do 150g a day, but I can't. You have given me an idea though. I make 5g at a time in a bucket in my utility sink in the garage. Then I let it sit for about 36 hours before use. I can't lift it out so I use gallon jugs to get enough out that I can lift it to pour it into 5g jugs on the floor. Then repeat. If I were to make that first 5g in the bucket in the sink, then run the tube from the RO/DI unit straight into a 5g jug on the floor, I can make up to 15 g at a time this way. Don't know why I didn't think of that earlier. Still have to sit 36 hours, but it's a start. I have 8 gallons made right now and ready. Will make 15 more gallons before I leave to take care of my Mom. I will do an 8g water change tonight and push it a little and use the water I'm making this morning to make a 15g change in the morning.
Thanks to both of you for the suggestions and ideas.
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I haven't read the entire thread, but if lifting the buckets is the only issue, couldn't you get a small dolly or set of casters and make it so you can tow or push the bucket? My other idea, a small pump and a long hose will move 5 gallons quite a ways, I filled my 90g that way.
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no 5g bucket are not light I used to lift the whole bucket and pour in to tank
now I pour half out into another bucket this old man don't want to throw my back out,
I like the idea of using a dolly to move buckets around but if I used a pump I'd make a mess ,

the carbon she has been using does not seem to be doing much , wondering if a polishing pad would help any , it keeps my tank sparkling clear ,
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Can't use a dolly as there is an 18" step going down in the garage where I make my water. I use a pump with a hose I run back into the bucket to mix the salt, then move the 4' hose to the jug where I store it. I point the jugs toward me so I can tip them up to pour in small buckets I can carry and pour from. I make a mess, but most of it gets into the tank.
I turned out the lights and covered the tank this morning and Live Aquaria told me to buy Kent Pro Clear, which is at home in my mailbox and I'll get and use when I get home, but keep lights out and covered for a couple more days
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Old 07-12-2015, 06:41 PM   #337
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Unhappy

The blanket I covered the tank with got too close to the skimmer outflow and that of the filter. We removed it to clean up the water that was spilled and the tank is EMERALD green. I got the Pro Clean today but it specifies that it is not an algaecide. I can't wait several days for another product to come in. What do I do now? (Besides sitting down and crying)
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Anybody have a suggestion?
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Yeah, i already decided that and it's dark. I read the algae tips on your sig, which were very good, unfortunately they didn't apply to my "green water" problem. Glad you responded back. Thanks.
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