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Old 06-13-2013, 02:38 PM   #31
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BTW, I'm doing a water change. Not 100%, though.
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I have nitrates (40 ppm) and maintain inverts. I found the key is proper acclimation and treating large water changes similar to the acclimation process. Meaning, when I perform water changes I use a dosing pump to add the saltwater instead of dumping the new water into the tank. I killed a few shrimp along the way until I figured this out (they were dying shortly after water changes)
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How do you get rid of heavy metals in water?
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Us there an API test kit for phosphate and all the rest of the stuff?
I bought a API Master Saltwater test kit, then bought the Phosphate test separately.

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How do you get rid of heavy metals in water?
I would have the water tested first before doing anything drastic. I've never had to deal w/ it but I'm pretty sure it'd be cleaning your tank & everything water touches completely. Throwing away anything that'd absorb Copper or other heavy metals like Live Rock, sand/gravel, filter material, etc.
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Run some high grade carbon and it will remove the heavy metals in the water column
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Run high grade carbon...In the filter? Ahhh! :face palm: I'm asking too many questions.
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I would have to get rid of 100 bucks worth of rock?! And a bunch of live sand?
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I would have to get rid of 100 bucks worth of rock?! And a bunch of live sand?
Have you tested the water yet for heavy metals?? Try that first. Take a water sample to an LFS. Or call around, find out who will test your water for free. Then go from there. Somebody said just a high grade carbon will do the trick, maybe some others will chime in w/ some input.
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Does that mean I need to get rid of all my live rock and sand?
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Does that mean I need to get rid of all my live rock and sand?
Until you have it tested, do not throw anything away. Yes, live rock & sand can absorb heavy metals & leach them later. However somebody said just run high grade carbon filters & that should do the trick, IDK. Get your water tested & come back.
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