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Old 11-22-2004, 05:44 PM   #1
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Can I use my old PH's from FW tank in new SW tank?

I found my old powerheads that I used in my previous FW tank. They are the Hagen 402 model. Could I use these in my new SW setup? The problem is that I used copper treatments. I'm running the PH's in a bleach/water solution at the moment, hoping this will help. What do you gals and guys thing?

Could I at least use them to premix my salt and RO water?

Also, I found my old heater. Could I do the same and use in the SW tank?
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Old 11-22-2004, 06:20 PM   #2
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The equipment is easily transferable. You might want to invest in a copper test kit though. Run the PH in a bucket of water (need not be salt), and check for copper. I don't think you'll have too much of a problem, but its always better to be safe.
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with a good rinse and cleaning, i doubt enough copper would bind in plastic to matter. But as theatrus said, better safe that sorry.
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:17 AM   #4
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aye, copper usually leeches into soft plastics and silicone. should be safe, but again, better safe than sorry.
The larger question is "do those powerheads give enough circulation?"
You want at least 10 x per hour turnover on a reef tank. I have over 500gph on my 40gallon tank.
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Old 11-23-2004, 06:23 PM   #5
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On that subject can you use FW test kits?
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Check the boxes.. some of them will work in SW, some won't.
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