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Old 04-05-2013, 08:59 AM   #11
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Do you need to add any chemicals to the RO water or DI water?
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Old 04-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #12
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I'm sure you are going to want more rock in the 90, so what I would do is buy that rock now, and fill that tank with salt water and cycle it. Then after the cycle is over, you can safely add your existing rock and livestock. If you are planning to put the 90 in the same spot, you can put those furniture mover coasters under it and sit the tank just a couple feet away. Then you can break down the 55 and slide the 90 right in the spot with ease. I would drain it about a 3rd of the way first....then slide it in place, and fill with your 55's water and rock...
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So if you had to guess how long until I could put my livestock in what would you say? And no chemicals needed if I use RO or distilled water?
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You need salt, but no- no chemicals. It would take as long as it takes for the tank to cycle. A few weeks to a month, give or take.
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So either RO or distilled water would be fine?
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:02 PM   #16
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Either RO or DI works. It has already been filtered and it's safe to use in making your salt water. You don't have to use RO or DI, but if you use anything else you have to use a chloride remover. Not to mention anything else will have all kinds of other things that will encourage the growth of algea. It's easiest to use RO or DI.

The point we are trying to make is this, it is BEST to let the tank establish completely before adding anything. It is the safest way to introduce fish or coral or inverts. If you add them too soon, the bacteria may not be able to keep up with them and toxic levels of nitrites or ammonia could harm them. Even if you cycle the new tank, you will still want to add the fish slowly as well. Just because there is enough bacteria to say it is cycled, doesn't mean that there is enough bacteria right off the bat to add 12 fish( just throwing out a number).
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Also, going from 55 to 90 may take longer than you have experienced to cycle since its so much large. That being said, it can also be safer for the fish because ammonia and nitrite may not build up so quickly
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Would RO water be better then distilled?
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That I can't answer. There have been several threads to answer that. I haven't got a chance to read them. There is a difference between them but I can't remember what it is. However, I use RO from the grocery store and my tank seems I be doing just fine.
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Old 04-05-2013, 12:26 PM   #20
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Ok just saw your posts but thank you!
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