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Old 12-03-2010, 10:15 AM   #21
 
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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..
i use a built in TDS meter testing the water coming out of the ro and right before going into di and after di. i know my water quality is ZERO TDS! i trust nothing. i have virtually no algae in my tank and no CUC other than sand starfish. i have like two hermits and ZERO snails in my 100 gallon tank but i use RO/DI!

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Old 12-03-2010, 10:18 AM   #22
 
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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....
here's your pic. post 51


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Old 12-03-2010, 10:22 AM   #23
 
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ahhhhh ok well about that first that pic is from july and those rocks has long since been cleaned and moved or gotten rid of... and second that is the chamber right after my inlet/skimmer section of the sump a butt load of bubbles floats around in there... those ones came off after fixing the flow the next day....

but now my curiosity ahs the better part of me what whould be the issue with air bubbles?
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:27 AM   #24
 
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but now my curiosity ahs the better part of me what whould be the issue with air bubbles?
i believe that's the start of dinos but dont quote me on that. just my thoughts.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:29 AM   #25
 
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hhhmmmm really??? is my course of action at this point going to help with this also? or should i be taking another direction to help with this as well....
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:37 AM   #26
 
the light out will kill the dinos, but if you don't use quality water it wil be back. from what i've read the bubbles kill snails and hermit. my suspicion is they run over it and the air gets trapped in ther shell drowining them in air thats why your cuc was dying off. the best way to prevent most issues in a reef is with high quality water. remember reefs need high lighting and so do algae. algae needs food to grow so you gotta keep that to a minimum. to me the backbone of any reef is a heck of a skimmer and high q water. with that the skimmer will pull out waste before it breaks down into phosphates fueling algae outbreaks. this tank i have now literally has no algae and all i do is use high q water and i have a one hell of a skimmer and it's oversized too! if i throw in food the fish and corals need to eat quick cause the skimmer will remove it fast.
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:39 AM   #27
 
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my CUC has not died off.... i think you are thinkning of some one elses thread LOL....i added some nasserus latel but not due to losses
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Old 12-03-2010, 10:44 AM   #28
 
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my CUC has not died off.... i think you are thinkning of some one elses thread LOL....i added some nasserus latel but not due to losses
LOL. you're right there was someone else that seem to have dinos and in his thread he was stating that his snails were dying off and his parameters were fine. it was hard to tell if the pics he posted was dinos but i gave him the same info to rind dino if he thought that was what it is.
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Old 12-04-2010, 09:37 PM   #29
 
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i wont be able to get the RO unit for a bit.. but i have noticed some cool parts in my scrap bin that may be of some use and i wanted to rough out an idea and get a little feed back.,.

from the tank the water overflows and runs to my laundry room and then down to the sump
my thought is that i could build a PVC (or other container not decided yet) this container would be just large enough to house media bags so that the water would have to flow through them before hitting the skimmer chamber of the sump. i would run 3 bags the top one with carbon, the next with fosban (or similar product) and the final bag would be chemi-pure. the water would exit the bottom and go into the first chamber of the sump and the skimmer would do its job before the water moved on to the rest of the sump.


now my questions are will the gravity feed be enough or should i set it up with a pump?
the concept is similar to a canister filter but with no bio-media so i dont get more issues than i started with LOL... now the main idea is to get the best water possible with out the RO unit i really need and this would most likely not be a long term solution but would i get the results i am hoping for?
i know th RO unit is what is needed but money is on hold for a bit until taxes come in...again not trying to avoid getting one just trying to get the best results until i get one
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Old 12-05-2010, 05:10 AM   #30
 
if it were me, i'd skip all that and just buy distilled water or ro from a lfs. carbon, phosban,and seachem, are all expensive stuff and is reactive meaning trying to remove the"bad" stuff that you've already added from the tap water. if you buy distilled or ro it would have not been added so the use of those things would only be minimal and the savings of not buying those stuff can be put towards getting a ro system quicker. if you check out sea chem, carbon, phosban you'll see that it adds up in cost quickly and i think it would be cheaper in the long run to use ro. jus my .02 cents
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