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Old 05-15-2012, 01:34 PM   #51
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My tap water reads zeros but is 160 TDS.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:37 PM   #52
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hehe...my tap water is like 300 tds and 0 after the ro/di.
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:40 PM   #53
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Guess i'm better of buying a 4 stage rodi
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Old 05-15-2012, 01:43 PM   #54
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In the long run yeah you are. I started with tap water on my first tank and it was a nightmare. Took months of water changes with the pure water to finally make a dent in the phosphates.

There is a group buy going on now with someone on the forum for bulk reef supply but I will be doing another group buy at the end of the month if you are interested in getting on.
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Shall i start my protein skimmer now or shall i leave it till i put fish in it?
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:43 PM   #56
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Hey Marine,
If your still cycling, you don't want to start skimming. Its not necessary.
When you add your fish, you can start skimming. At that point, you will be adding food and fish waste to the system, and the skimmer will help remove some of these organics from the water column. Less raw organics in the water, less nitrates can be produced.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:46 PM   #57
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I've always run my skimmer when i first start a tank. It generally takes a week or two for the skimmer to break in so why not kill two birds with one stone?
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Old 05-16-2012, 05:04 PM   #58
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+1, i dont see the harm in letting the skimmer break in while the cycle is going on. It should have no effect on the cycle.
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+1, i dont see the harm in letting the skimmer break in while the cycle is going on. It should have no effect on the cycle.
I didn't say there was any harm in it, just said it wasn't necessary.

And what exactly is it doing, if there is nothing to skim?

If the tank is properly stocked, slowly, There is plenty of time for the skimmer to break in, while the tank has a fish or 2 at best. At this point there is also something to actually skim.
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Another 20kg live rock in today so i now have 80kg. How does my tank look now?


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