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  1. DonW

    Changes?????

    Is that an ATO tank built into the front of the sump? Don
  2. DonW

    Changes?????

    It's all for the better. Well except for having to see Mikes ugly mug. :)
  3. DonW

    Hello!

    I think a discussion on shipping live goods is a great topic. But we don't need to bash any specific vendors. If you have some helpful information that might be useful that's great. I can think of two locals that I've had products shipped to my house both within miles of each other that used...
  4. DonW

    Fixing Acrylic

    Any clear solvent based glue will work for this sort of thing even CA / Super glue. Weldon is not really a glue its a solvent and the thick versions are a solvent with a filler. As long as its strong enough to melt acrylic it will work for non structural. Carb and choke cleaner will bond acrylic...
  5. DonW

    New Ocean Motion type product

    Looks like a more high tech version of the OM. Don
  6. DonW

    thick dark purple algae problem!

    Chemiclean will drop your o2 levels real quick. Cyano is easy to stave off without the use of chemicals. Don
  7. DonW

    how to introduce a clam without getting harass by others

    You should not need to do anything special. The clam will protect its mantle from fish on its own. Just make sure you search for a healthy clam, local is always better. Fish will pick on clams that are already on their way out. On the good side fish will develop relationships with healthy clams...
  8. DonW

    how to introduce a clam without getting harass by others

    Clams can be difficult thats for sure. Some of you will remember this old guy. He is still yard art in my wife's flower bed.:)
  9. DonW

    been a few years.

    I think they were about to move you to the deceased list. :) How big are you going to go this time around. Don
  10. DonW

    OBD Signature Protein Skimmer Owners Forum

    Thats how its supposed to happen. Have you ever noticed that when you stick your hands in the tank skimmer production slows. Your skimmer does not have a good biofilm. The surface tension changes from day to night. So basicly at night when your skimmer is overflowing that is when its working...
  11. DonW

    OBD Signature Protein Skimmer Owners Forum

    Take it out drain and wipe the inside clean with vinegar. Fresh new acrylic can disrupt the ability to build a nice biofilm and make a skimmer act weird. Don
  12. DonW

    Carbon Source

    AquaMedic SP 1500 Dosing Pump - AquaCave.com and a black drip line sprinkler valve at lowes are the best combination for any slow flow reactor. Gas getting trapped will be a thing of the past. Don
  13. DonW

    Carbon Source

    Well thats an easy fix. First your valve is the wrong valve you need a needle valve. Next your feed pump is not the best option. BUT if you want to try needle valve with the aqua lifter put the aqua lifter on the output side of the reactor sucking instead of pushing. The best option is an...
  14. DonW

    Carbon Source

    ORP is oxidation reduction potential. Its really very simple to run Ozone (O3). First you need an ozone generator, O3 is fed into your skimmers air intake. Next you need an ORP controller. The probe reads the tanks OPR reading and turns the O3 generator on and off at your desired orp settings...
  15. DonW

    Carbon Source

    Totally different. If you feed your bacteria with carbon and send it trough an ozone reactor (skimmer) the o3 is going to kill it. BUT you can run o3 on a system that you are dosing because the bacteria that we are feeding are never going to make their way to the o3 anyway. Don
  16. DonW

    Carbon Source

    Yes , No and well sort of. :) Denitrifying bacteria resides in an area of low oxygen. Bioreactors are really self feeding versions of what we used to call nitrate reactors. Then there were sulfur denitrifiers. Back then we had to feed the nitrate reactors to keep it alive but it worked on the...
  17. DonW

    BRS Dual Reactor and 5 stage plus 75gpd rodi unit.

    Im pretty sure you can still get them at lowes or HD. Don
  18. DonW

    BRS Dual Reactor and 5 stage plus 75gpd rodi unit.

    I would not run it in that manor. I would monitor the whole system if I only had one tds meter. Your not at 0 thats for sure. I'd buy a meter to monitor the membrane. or Go get yourself a spare "t" and put it in line of the membrane IN and get a plug for when its not in use. Move the tester...
  19. DonW

    BRS Dual Reactor and 5 stage plus 75gpd rodi unit.

    Something is not right. Your tds meter should be installed to either monitor the membrane , DI or complete system. For membrane the in should be on the tap water side and the out before the DI For DI In should be after the membrane and the out on the DI out. For the whole system the in goes on...
  20. DonW

    Slimy brown algae

    If its like brown snot you have Dino. The easy way to tell is the snotty texture and will have air bubbles as it progresses. Do more water changers and maybe run phosban, MORE FLOW. Don
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