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Old 11-02-2008, 07:51 AM   #1
 
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Ok folks,
Everyone said do a 'partial water change'. K so I did. I did the pail thing added all the chemicals I needed in the pail of fresh/saltwater, left it overnight.
NOW everything is going thru the roof. nitrates,amonia,ph and at this point I am not even going to check the calcuim. My salt is fine.
Am I panicking too soon or what am I aspose to do now????
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Old 11-02-2008, 01:36 PM   #2
 
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What was your water source? tap water, RO, RO/DI, distilled?
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Old 11-02-2008, 05:32 PM   #3
 
tap water. but I put in the prime.
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:19 PM   #4
 
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Prime takes none of this out(PO4 and NO3) it only takes out CL. your calcium should be fine. i suggest going to local fish store(LFS) and getting water there that is RO/DI. Then doing another water change.

How long has the tank been up?
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Old 11-02-2008, 11:58 PM   #5
 
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phosphates(PO4) and nitrates(NO3) only takes out chlorine(CL)

i think i got it right

using tap water is bound to give you an unwanted algae outbreak, unknown trace elements, possibly chloromine, and contain other un-wanted things for a reef tank.

as suggested either purchase some reverse osmosis (RO) water from a LFS or purchase a RO unit that you can make your own from tap water
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Old 11-03-2008, 05:36 PM   #6
 
i just retested. Amonia went down. Nitrate went down a bit.
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Old 11-04-2008, 07:28 AM   #7
 
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Go to your local Water Dept. and request a copy of the most recent report on your local tap. That alone should convince you never to use Tapwater for your tank.
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