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    Your DI resin is exhausted or hear exhaustion....

    Your DI resin is exhausted or hear exhaustion. Its very common to get an ammonia or fishy odor with bad DI resin and your 4 TDS tells me its past its prime.
    DI resin starts to release the...
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    My current system is over 7 years old and still 0...

    My current system is over 7 years old and still 0 nitrates and 0 phosphates and going strong. I have a 5-6" 330lb Southdown Deep Sand Bed and unlike Carmie I never disturb it. If it needs any surface...
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    With the Digital Aquatics NET module you can turn...

    With the Digital Aquatics NET module you can turn any of the PC4 outlets on and off remotely through the web interface.
    I think they both have their pluses and minuses. DA seems to be evolving all...
  4. Thread: PhosGuard

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    I like the pellets myself, it does not clump up...

    I like the pellets myself, it does not clump up like the granular.
  5. Thread: PhosGuard

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    I like the GFO from BRS too. Aluminum products...

    I like the GFO from BRS too. Aluminum products release contaminants when it reaches exhaustion while ferric or iron based products bind it so it does not get released.
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    Also consider the power consumption, heat...

    Also consider the power consumption, heat transfer to the water(which will be significant) and the fact you will probably be hard pressed to find one of sufficient size to do any good for a...
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    Using your well may not be the most economical...

    Using your well may not be the most economical choice. Consider the water quality which may not be as good as the tap or city water supply and would exhaust filters and DI resins quicker, the cost of...
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    Is that a private domestic well? if so what are...

    Is that a private domestic well? if so what are your pressure switch settings for starting and stopping the well or booster pump?
    Often domestic systems run in the 30-40 psi range which is...
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    Tell us about the pump and how it is plumbed. In...

    Tell us about the pump and how it is plumbed.
    In general you should never restrict the suction or inlet sie of a pump in any way, if its submerged try to leave the suction side free of any valves,...
  10. Peppermints, I always try the natural methods...

    Peppermints, I always try the natural methods first.
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    The MaxCap is the better choice as it will give...

    The MaxCap is the better choice as it will give you a much lower long term cost of ownership over time due to the hand tested and guaranteed 98+% rejection rate RO membrane and the MaxCap DI resin...
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    330 lbs of Southdown gave me a 5-6" DSB in a...

    330 lbs of Southdown gave me a 5-6" DSB in a 60"x18"x23" high 100 gallon LeeMar reef ready tank. I don't think you will find Southdown or any of its variants today. I was lucky enough to get in on a...
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    Russ is a great guy and is easily my second...

    Russ is a great guy and is easily my second choice of vendors. They start to drop off from there. The Buckeye system would not work for me in Phoenix as it would soon foul or plug and fail, you...
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    With RO/DI you really do get what you pay for....

    With RO/DI you really do get what you pay for. Don't go the ebay route, you will kick yourself from then on and spend a fortune getting it in working order.
    The Foster & Smith system is extremely...
  15. Algaes are a normal part of the maturation...

    Algaes are a normal part of the maturation process, you will probably go through several stages and types before it is over.
    Aiptasia is easy with kalk paste, Joes juice or the natural method which...
  16. You should not have any inhabitants in your tank...

    You should not have any inhabitants in your tank yet, you are no where near ready at this point as you are still in the midst of a cycle. SLOW DOWN.

    Only bad things happen quickly in this hobby,...
  17. Water changes prolong the cycle, do not change...

    Water changes prolong the cycle, do not change water until the ammonia and nitrites have peaked and gone and nitrates are on the rise. When you change the watre you are removing the food the bacteria...
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    RO is great for human consumption, in fact RO/DI...

    RO is great for human consumption, in fact RO/DI is fine too but is expensive to make and does not taste refreshing so most of us choose to drink RO only. We receive such a tiny amount of our...
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    I have never experienced that nor has anyone I...

    I have never experienced that nor has anyone I know. Mine has always been picked clean in a matter of days and does not come back.
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    Valonia or more commonly called bubble algae....

    Valonia or more commonly called bubble algae. Emerald Crabs usually do a great job of removing it.
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    A reef system should be started out from day one...

    A reef system should be started out from day one with RO/DI water. Many contaminants in tap water are cumulative and no amount of future water changes will ever remove all traces of them. By starting...
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    At the top of the list should be a good reef...

    At the top of the list should be a good reef quality RO/DI unit, about $150 complete with a TDS meter and refillable DI.
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    The small amount of salt in a water change is...

    The small amount of salt in a water change is actually benficial for most septic systems, it helps break down clay soils.
    Doubling membranes is not really a water saving feature as the membranes...
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    Always increase the size if possible to reduce...

    Always increase the size if possible to reduce suction head. Look at any industrial or municipal booster pump and you will always find the suction manifold is much larger than the pumps suction size....
  25. Thread: DIY stand

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    Looks pretty sturdy now although I'm still a...

    Looks pretty sturdy now although I'm still a little concerned about the span in front. May be OK but I'm cautious. Maybe others can comment on what they have.
  26. Thread: DIY stand

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    My stand is covered with 1/4" Oak Plywood and the...

    My stand is covered with 1/4" Oak Plywood and the trim is all solid oak 1x4.
    Anothe rconcern I have with the recent pic of your stand is lateral support. You could easily lean on it and cause it to...
  27. Thread: DIY stand

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    Thats a pretty wide span for a single 2x4 laid on...

    Thats a pretty wide span for a single 2x4 laid on edge. I would be concerned it will not provide enough support for middle of the tank.
    Here are a few pics of my 60" 100 gallon stand I built 6+...
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    I use a Salifert test kit like this:...

    I use a Salifert test kit like this:
    http://www.marinedepot.com/Salifert_Silicate_Test_Kit_Silica_Test_Kits_for_Saltwater_Aquariums-Salifert-SF1137-FITKSK-vi.html

    You can put some sand in...
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    I don't put much stock in the belief aragonite...

    I don't put much stock in the belief aragonite lends any buffering to the system. To do so you would need a pH down in the 6's such as in a calcium reactor and we run our tanks at 8+ so there really...
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    I assume you mean the flow restrictor? Top of...

    I assume you mean the flow restrictor?

    Top of the page here:
    http://www.buckeyefieldsupply.com/showproducts.asp?Category=197&Sub=109

    They look like a long piece of spaghetti with a flange on...
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    Most RO/DI units sold today come with a fixed non...

    Most RO/DI units sold today come with a fixed non adjustable flow restrictor. The problem is we know not everyon has the same water quality, temperature and pressure so the flow restrictor cannot be...
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    This is an issue that has been kicked around for...

    This is an issue that has been kicked around for years. Some recent testing on septic systems and leach fields has shown the salt brine from backwashing a water softener actually improves some clay...
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    Here are a couple reasons why i recommend RO/DI....

    Here are a couple reasons why i recommend RO/DI.
    The first photo is a water treatment plant innundated by flooding in Atlanta GA.

    http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/AJOIII/Atlanta.jpg

    The...
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    I wish mine was only 578 . Its usually over 800...

    I wish mine was only 578 . Its usually over 800 and can get to over 1200 at times depending on the source blend and treatment plant and method being used. I wouldn't even be in this hobby if it...
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    The simple answer is consistency. With a properly...

    The simple answer is consistency. With a properly maintained RO/DI system you get the same water quality every time. Your well could be influenced by minerals, sand and silt, clay or particulates,...
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    You are on the right track but you could have...

    You are on the right track but you could have done better, probably for less money too.

    Not to pick on you but E Bay vendors like to play tricks on unsuspecting buyers and the buyer usually ends...
  37. Thread: Sand

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    Sand weighs 90+/- lbs per cubic foot. Calculate...

    Sand weighs 90+/- lbs per cubic foot. Calculate the cubic feet you need, L" x W"'x D" (in this case the 6" DSB depth) /1728=cubic feet. Cu Ft x 90+/- lbs= pounds required for a 6" DSB.

    My 60" x...
  38. Thread: lighting

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    Lighting is a very personal decision. My...

    Lighting is a very personal decision. My suggestion is get out and look at as many lighting combinations as you possibly can before investing in lights. I am a dyed in the wool MH fan myself and do...
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    Here is a copy of a Sticky I did for another...

    Here is a copy of a Sticky I did for another forum on bulkheads.
    99% of the time leaks are caused by either the gasket being on the wrong side, regardless if its on the wet or dry side of the tank,...
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    Yes they are on a Reefkeeper Lite and switching...

    Yes they are on a Reefkeeper Lite and switching at 1 minute intervals. I have yet to witness or hear a backwards start. Some of the early models had a problem with the bushing in the prop slipping...
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    They went in the tank on March 18th so almost a...

    They went in the tank on March 18th so almost a month. Lets see if the pics will work now.

    http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f369/AJOIII/corals/3-18-10005.jpg
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  42. Thread: Ph

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    Here you go:...

    Here you go:
    http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-09/rhf/index.php
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    I have pictures of the new Koralia Evolutions...

    I have pictures of the new Koralia Evolutions next to both a Sicce Voyager and an old Koralia #1 but cannot post the pics for some reason. The new Evolutions are much smaller, more energy efficient...
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    But that requires an additional pump which means...

    But that requires an additional pump which means more power consumption and added heat gain for the chiller to overcome. I am trying to reduce the number of pumps I use in my systems by combining...
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    Then you want to be somewhere in that range.

    Then you want to be somewhere in that range.
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    Check what the chiller mfg. recommends for flow....

    Check what the chiller mfg. recommends for flow. they should have aminimum and maximum flow range for best heat transfer.
    Go to the aqua-medic website, they have a graph for the OR pumps that shows...
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    Your chiller will have a flow rating you need to...

    Your chiller will have a flow rating you need to pay attention to.
    i am not a fan of Mag pumps personally, I have had major issues with them with heat gain, noise and energy efficiency. I much...
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    UV doesn't kill anything by itself, what it does...

    UV doesn't kill anything by itself, what it does is expose the cells to UV light which in essence sterilizes them so they cannot reproduce thus they die off....
  49. Mouse pads and short pieces of flexible tubing on...

    Mouse pads and short pieces of flexible tubing on the suction and discharge to break up vibration and sound transmission. Rigid piping is horrible for transmitting vibrations.
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    For a heavily stocked fish only system I swear by...

    For a heavily stocked fish only system I swear by them but for a reef I would not have one. They inactivate a necessary part of the food chain needed by lower life forms.
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