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Old 12-03-2010, 07:34 AM   #11
 
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update
last night went home and looked in the tank (still lights out) pest appears to be 85-90% gone in just one day of no light.

today starts day two of lights out and a new change to feeding schedule
previously i was feeding 1x daily as of now i am going to every other day. i feed a mix i made from the following
reef flakes
garlic
bloodworm
pellets
krill
all is placed in equal parts to a chopper with one clove garlic. chopped and mixed well and refrigerated i make enough to last 1 month with the old feeding schedule (it will last longer now LOL)

looking at RO units and a question came up fromone of my kids i thought was worthy of asking here - would a filter such as PURE or a Britta type water filter work? and is there a way to DIY a RO unit? these are simple questions with idle curiosity behind them..
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:50 AM   #12
 
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update
last night went home and looked in the tank (still lights out) pest appears to be 85-90% gone in just one day of no light.

today starts day two of lights out and a new change to feeding schedule
previously i was feeding 1x daily as of now i am going to every other day. i feed a mix i made from the following
reef flakes
garlic
bloodworm
pellets
krill
all is placed in equal parts to a chopper with one clove garlic. chopped and mixed well and refrigerated i make enough to last 1 month with the old feeding schedule (it will last longer now LOL)

looking at RO units and a question came up fromone of my kids i thought was worthy of asking here - would a filter such as PURE or a Britta type water filter work? and is there a way to DIY a RO unit? these are simple questions with idle curiosity behind them..
I guess the lights out seems to be working! i know it works wonders for dino's i had it bad once and found that my di on the ro side was totally exhausted. after the lights out i changed the media and no more dinos! i don't think there is a diy ro but check those habitat for humanity stores. you'll be surprised what you'll find in there. i found t5 ballasts for $2/ea and helped a friend build a fixture with 4 t5's for little$.

about a di filter i just thought about. just buy one of these and use it like an aquarium filter in a bucket of fresh non salt- water and circulate it for a day or so. you'll have di water at the least. make sure you buy color changing media for it.but i dont think the media will last long.

btw you look as if you're quite feeding heavily.

http://www.airwaterice.com/product/A...Adder-Kit.html

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Old 12-03-2010, 08:56 AM   #13
 
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i was thinking that also it was only a pinch but i have a big pinch LOL.... again slowed it down and i am heading to the habitat store tomorrow they are only open friday and saterday hare and i get out of work to late to catch them today.. i am really being ore receptive than my posts reflect i am i am also just attempting to make a lot work just now.. i called my LFS and got a good price on water and saturday when its time for a big change i am going to do 50% with his RO water.... its a start right?
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:59 AM   #14
 
btw chek your sump and if it has the dinos turn off lights there too!
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:01 AM   #15
 
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i was thinking that also it was only a pinch but i have a big pinch LOL.... again slowed it down and i am heading to the habitat store tomorrow they are only open friday and saterday hare and i get out of work to late to catch them today.. i am really being ore receptive than my posts reflect i am i am also just attempting to make a lot work just now.. i called my LFS and got a good price on water and saturday when its time for a big change i am going to do 50% with his RO water.... its a start right?

yes it's a good start. ask the lfs how often he changes his filters and if he has a tds meter you can check the quality of his water. or if you think he's a real good lfs you can take the chance. if they have a ro and never change the filters it can be just as bad or worse. or simply look at his di filter (the last on in the line) and make sure it's mostly blue. if it's totally yellow beware! it can also be half blue and half yellow which shows it will soon need changing.

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Old 12-03-2010, 09:01 AM   #16
 
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the sump looks a bit greener than normal but other wise the same as it has for a long time... my only worry with shutting down that light is my cheato and that it helps keep my PH from swinging...i get scared about messing this up its been really close to throwing in the towel over the last week and if that messes anything up i think i will have a break down ....
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:04 AM   #17
 
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yes it's a good start. ask the lfs how often he changes his filters and if he has a tds meter you can check the quality of his water. or if you think he's a real good lfs you can take the chance. if they have a ro and never change the filters it can be just as bad or worse.
wow what is with you and Pasfur creeping into my head as of late???LOL when i called i asked about that and he said that he changes his filters every 4 months (2 months ahead of schedule) just be sure they are good and that he would perform a TDS test on my water and his water (before and after filtration) with me there so i can see the difference.. my guy may tick me off from time to time but he is honest to a fault..
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:07 AM   #18
 
on a ro it's usually the cartridges are
1 prefilter can be white
2 2nd filter can be white or carbon block
3 carbon block
4 ro membrain
5 Di (should be greenish blue not totally YELLOW)
6 possib ly second DI

dont buy water if di is mostly yellow!
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:12 AM   #19
 
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the sump looks a bit greener than normal but other wise the same as it has for a long time... my only worry with shutting down that light is my cheato and that it helps keep my PH from swinging...i get scared about messing this up its been really close to throwing in the towel over the last week and if that messes anything up i think i will have a break down ....
i had went and look at your build thread and saw tiny bubbles on the rocks. beware! if you are afraid just monitor the cheato and if it's dying turn light\s back on. remember whan stores ship this stuff it can take a coupe days to reach its destination. it may not be happy but it won't die that quick. just use common sense and accilimate everything with shorten light period then increase over a period of days
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Old 12-03-2010, 09:15 AM   #20
 
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what post did you see the bubles in? i will go back and look but that would help....

and about the cheato ... i will cut it first thing when i get home.... wow my cats are gonna freak out LOL this will be the first time that light was off in over 3 months....
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