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Discussion in 'Help and Advice' started by clubber122, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. clubber122

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    Since I don't run a dsb what can I do to reduce phos and improve water quality??


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    Sean
     
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    To reduce Phosphates. A good quality phosphate remover. Works wonders.
    I'm not sure if Ammonia will cause an upset to the mushies. I had a couple do this in the past and no ammonia issues. I am trying to look back through any info I have to find out what my findings were, but no luck so far.
     
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    Thanks much appreciated, I've been reading up on low nutrient systems, as a couple of my sps frags polyps have gone brown!


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    Sean
     
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    It's not going to be easy. When I read this thread originally, everythign was fine, nothing had changed and it was a very focused issue (hence why Paul mentioned a possible attack or similar incident on those specific mushies). Now it seems you have a couple more issues. So, probably best to get that Ammonia down, reduce your phosphates a little and then wait for things to settle.
     
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    On the to do list, such an expensive bit rewarding hobby! I want to add miracle mudd, upgrade skimmer, add carbon and phos remover to fx5 filter


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    Sean
     
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    It is an expensive hobby mate, no doubt. With regards to regular testing, Im not saying its a must. Many people dont. And you'll probably go week after week getting the same results thinking why am I bothering. But it does come in very useful when something goes wrong!!
     
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    clubber122,

    I can't add anything further to the advice you have already been given other than to recommend that you establish a routine that is manageable and within your ability to maintain. I have a spreadsheet which I use to record everything that happens to my tank - tests, water changes, top-up's, additives, stock additions and losses. I appreciate this may be too time consuming for some people but being recently retired affords me the time to do this and I actually enjoy this aspect of the hobby. I run a complete set of nine tests once a week and test alkalinity every day.

    Seasoned aquarists with established systems may say they can 'read the water' to a great extent and only test when they suspect something is going awry. However, for most of us I think the key to success is through regular testing and maintaining stability in the water chemistry.

    Good luck with everything - I'm looking forward to reading that things are picking up for you.
     
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    Fancy sending me a copy?? I'm not working at the moment so have plenty of spare time


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    Sean
     
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    clubber122,

    I'll PM you
     
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    Bad news...

    [​IMG]


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    Sean
     
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    Can you do me a favour, and test the following:
    1. Test some freshly mixed water.
    2. Test some 50/50 fresh old mix water.

    I would expect you to see:
    1 - 0ppm
    2 - 1ppm
    If not, your kit is pants.
     
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    Ill do that now and report back


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    Thanks for this one - a GREAT tip!
     
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    So confused, results seem to be opposite of what they should be

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    Left is 50/50 mix right is fresh water I've just made mixed with salt!


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    Is it my RO unit?? Do I need to change the filters???


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    Sean
     
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    How old are the filters?
     
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    I used it for about 1month, then changed to tropical for a year or two, when I went back to salty I dug out my RO unit and took it to a lfs for them to look if I needed new filters they didn't think so, I flushed it all out and gave then a clean and made about 100litres of water to flush right through before I started using, been using it this year for about 7 months? So total use is 1year 7months roughly but age is 3years?



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    Think we're closing in on the problem.

    It seems either the test kit is faulty or the RO water contains ammonia.

    My PM still stands but you'll need to source reliable RO until you get the situation under control
     
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    I have a tropical test kit, ill test unsalted Ro with that


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    Sean
     
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