Thanks for your quick reply
The water is stored in covered containers - I use water carriers (the ones used for camping) and I do rinse them out after each use with boiling water. Do you think that would be sufficient to clean them before I take them to the lfs
for filling? The lfs
have assured me that they carry out regular maintenance so their membranes etc are regularly replaced. I didn't take my tds
meter with me last time but it has been several weeks since I got the water. I was told that storing it with a lid on would not affect the readings. Is that wrong then? I haven't got room in the house for an RO
meter of my own and I run my own business so I can work for 50 hours a week plus study and paperwork on top of that so I wouldn't be able to maintain one even if I could fit it in somewhere.
I do try to clean the plant I've got in the tank plus I wipe all the sides down - it is a marine biOrb so it's round! I'm thinking that the water might contain nitrates though and perhaps that's why I can never fix the problem because I'm compounding the problem every time I add new water - it just pushes up the nitrates for example each time I do a water change. I've actually tested the nitrate levels after doing a PWC
and found they are high!!! The only other place that will sell good RO
is too far for me to travel. I think the algae problem will be improved now that my light has stopped working - the tank only gets natural daylight so hopefully this will reduce the amount of algae produced. I'm not sure why the light has stopped working. It is an intelligent LED
and Reef One has replaced it already for free so I'm not sure whether they would do that again. Perhaps it is the water spitting up at it that eventually ruins it. I'm not sure. I thought these lights were made to work in wet conditions - it is surrounded by plastic?
With regards to my shrimp, I had them for several months before they died so I'm guessing it's not an acclimatisation problem. I thought it was the nitrate levels but that's just a guess. I'm not sure what my parameters are atm. I was told my test kits were no good so all I have is a Salifert Nitrate test kit so I would only be able to give you that reading until I can get to the lfs
. My other livestock (2 clownfish and a royal gramma) are perfectly fine. The royal gramma was sick and lost weight/hid etc but I was recommended a fab product for anorexic fish which fixed the problem. I never realised fish could be anorexic!!! Amazing product, the fish is healthy again and eating normally. I have lost turbo snails in the past and various other inverts but now I try to keep only hardy species because the biOrb doesn't really support the more complex lifeforms with its current equipment (i.e. light restrictions, lack of water flow etc). The fish I have are doing fine and I have kept shrimp successfully before aswell as hermit crabs. I even had a firefish which lived happily for several months but the air pump failed overnight and it killed it
So you think I should be safe to change the water even though the tds
is through the roof?! I could go back to the lfs
for some more water and ask them to test this water to see if my meter is working correctly. They are usually pretty good but I'm concerned that their water isn't really clean enough. I'm really surprised you are using water with a high tds
reading - I thought it was a complete no-no.