05-29-2008, 08:14 PM
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I asked about the fresh water the store supplies and the man that owns the store assured me it is RO water. He says he has a good system that would alert him to anything wrong with the system. He said it actually has an alarm on it. I believe him, I've seen the system when they were showing me a tank in the other room.
I had my water tested today. Here are the results...
pH - 8.1
Calcium - 460
Alk - 9.6
Nitrites - 0
Nitrates - 80
Phosphate - .38
Salinity - 1.025 (a little under that though)
He gave me some phosphate remover to help with that. He said once I have a sump going on my tank, I can add macro algae to help with the phosphates. I did a 5g water change this week, so I'm guessing that's brought my nitrates down. I'm going to test the water myself tomorrow evening. pH is doing MUCH better. He said it was probably the water change and the fact I put pH buffer in there on Tuesday. (which can take up to 48 hours to completely bring the pH up. He said the calcium was looking great. The salinity is still hanging around 1.025. I'm going to replace another .5-1 gallon of water with fresh to bring it down a notch, then it should be good. So my tank is finally starting to level itself out. :)