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post #41 of 143 Old 12-06-2009, 07:29 PM
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I would have your friend top off, nothing more.

If your water is really 1.030, then yes, you need to do water changes to lower the salinity. I would personally lower it with 10% water changes, but others might agree to do it slower.
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post #42 of 143 Old 12-06-2009, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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I would have your friend top off, nothing more.

If your water is really 1.030, then yes, you need to do water changes to lower the salinity. I would personally lower it with 10% water changes, but others might agree to do it slower.
Could the water change wait until I return? The one inhabitant of the tank seems to be doing just fine. It is kind of amusing seeing a blue legged hermit crab have the tank to himself.

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post #43 of 143 Old 12-10-2009, 09:41 PM
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You really need the salinity to be lower then 1.028 sooner then later. Was your tank tested with it fully topped off or was this with some water evaporated?

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You really need the salinity to be lower then 1.028 sooner then later. Was your tank tested with it fully topped off or was this with some water evaporated?
Fully topped off (well, what I consider fully topped off. I left about 1.5" from the top so I can bring up the water level to dilute the salt a bit.

I haven't seen my tank for almost a week. My buddy who is taking care of my discus is reporting that the diatom bloom remains out of control.
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Fully topped off (well, what I consider fully topped off. I left about 1.5" from the top so I can bring up the water level to dilute the salt a bit.
Why not just add 1.5" of Fresh water? Why are you leaving this 1.5" at the top?



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Why not just add 1.5" of Fresh water? Why are you leaving this 1.5" at the top?
The highest point that the protein skimmer is sitting at is 1/2" below the surface. I believe the water line shuld be 1" below that based on the instructions.
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post #47 of 143 Old 12-13-2009, 11:22 PM
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a previous mention was that you added premix RO water to your tank as a top off. the problem is there -- you should only use fresh RO water when topping off. From what I understand you just added more salt into the mix.

pasfur is right about the water changes, change the water 10% at a time wait probably 12-24 hours before testing your salinity and then add more fresh RO water as needed to bring your gravity/salinity down to 1.021-1.025 anywhere around there should be okay.


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a previous mention was that you added premix RO water to your tank as a top off. the problem is there -- you should only use fresh RO water when topping off. From what I understand you just added more salt into the mix.

pasfur is right about the water changes, change the water 10% at a time wait probably 12-24 hours before testing your salinity and then add more fresh RO water as needed to bring your gravity/salinity down to 1.021-1.025 anywhere around there should be okay.
That is incorrect... I used premixed water to fill the tank and top off with RO water...
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That is incorrect... I used premixed water to fill the tank and top off with RO water...

my mistake -- I reread it again. If you're using RO to top off you should only be replacing. no idea how your salinity is that high.

but re-testing the water a few hours after the water change may help.


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my mistake -- I reread it again. If you're using RO to top off you should only be replacing. no idea how your salinity is that high.

but re-testing the water a few hours after the water change may help.
The premixed water came that high from a LFS. Never going to buy water from him again.

Good news is that my friend just reported that the diatom bloom is starting to lesson.
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