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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 15:40

Well, I've shifted jugfulls of water all day, and just about got it to on the chart.... but still not good. Hopefully I can bottom this out. It just takes so long to get the water through the filter.....

I think now, only time will tell if the other fish are going to be resilient enough to get through this.
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 15:54

Whilst on the topic.... my RO unit arrived today :D :D By the way Sam.... RO units are a must if you want to keep a Reef, corals and inverts are easily damaged by Nitrates in the water :P

So it is getting better already? At least it is on the chart now anyway, I just hope all your other fish pull through :)
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-21 16:02

Yeah, just been looking on eBay, but they were all too small, 25l per 5 hours :blink:
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 16:06

Thats about average, mine is a 50g a day, 2 stage unit, which is fine because I don't have to fill any big tanks or do huge water changes.
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-21 16:49

So do you have it running constantly?
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 16:58

Nope, has a tap underneath were it is plumbed into the water supply, as long as you arent on a water meter then it should be ok
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-12-21 18:03

Kev - dya need a specialist RO unit for a reef/nano or will a Brita do?
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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 18:18

Ok, I surrender. I have given up for todya. I seem to have diluted it a bit, it's still not good, but it's the best I can do in one day..... I will have to see what tomorrow brings....
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-21 19:30

Quirlys wrote: Kev - dya need a specialist RO unit for a reef/nano or will a Brita do?

Do you mean one of those normal household filters?
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-12-21 19:37

Yes - a tapwater to drinkable one.
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-21 19:38

They cant be RO units surely
how much do they usually cost?
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Postby Innes » 2005-12-28 02:13

lol britter filter is nothing close to a RO unit, RO water is minging if you taste it - it is simply pure H2O, pure RO water is not suitible for fish to live in, it has no minerals or anything that the fish require to survive - most people will mix it with some of the waste RO water or even with some tap water.

Sam - an RO unit is not an essential piece of equipment for you, however it is handy - they cost from about £55 on <a href='http://www.ro-man.com/' target='_blank'>http://www.ro-man.com/</a>

saracen - its just an idea, but if you have a nitrate issue then you could look into creating a place for anaerobic bacteria to form this will complete the nitrogen cycle and remove your nitrates.

to achieve this kind of bacteria you need some filter media with a VERY clow current passing over it - something like a tupperware bos under the gravel with small holes in it about an inch apart could potentially achieve this :)

another idea would be to buy some RO water from your LFS (get them to collect some waste RO too for you) and mix them 50/50
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Postby susankat » 2005-12-29 06:27

A lot of fast growing plants will help also. Plants like the nitrates and will take them up pretty quick if you have enough light and fast growing plants.
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-12-29 10:08

Hehe - I'm always impressed by the power of Elodea.
Atm, as you may know I'm setting up another tank on silent cycle - the nitrates started at 80 (our tap water is awful...) - after three days it was at 0!
It's rocketed up to 180 now that the ammonia has been converted, but I expect that to have come well down by the end of the week with any luck.
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Postby Surface » 2005-12-29 15:23

Have you heard anything from the water board, or did the Queen call? :mellow: Hope you get this water thing fixed and sorry to hear about the fish you lost in all of this mess.
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