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westy101 03-14-2011 07:51 PM

Nitrate and brown sand diatoms :S help
Hi I'm getting peeied off now I have one everything possible to get nitrates down and sand clear but nothing please help me I'm becoming frustrated it's been going on for ages :/ thanks

Gubernaculum86 03-14-2011 08:33 PM

Have u checked ur phosphates? I had that problem with diatoms and adding phosphate remover to my filter worked.

bavass 03-14-2011 10:28 PM

are you using RO/DI water? big water changes will usually bring them down but still need to find the root cause

melosu58 03-14-2011 10:31 PM

One of the big causes of diatoms is silicates that come from using tap water. I work at a water treatment plant and know that is added to treat water.

westy101 03-15-2011 04:26 AM

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Would this be a suitable unit ?

mr_X 03-15-2011 07:05 AM

no. you want a R.O.D.I., not just a R.O.

bavass 03-15-2011 09:58 AM

Aquarium Water | Reverse Osmosis | RODI Water | ReefKeeper Water | Compact III 75GPD with DI Bypass Assembly and TDS Meter

westy101 03-15-2011 12:50 PM

Why wouldn't a RO unit do it and I really have nit got that kind of money I could afford an RO unit but not RODI :/

westy101 03-15-2011 05:01 PM

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Is this any good ?

bavass 03-15-2011 05:13 PM

I would save your money and buy a 4 stage RO/DI when you can rather tahn buy that and later want to buy a RO/DI.

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