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wrightme43

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Yes use a Total Dissolved Solids meter to see if it is doing its job. TDS should be 0-10 RO membrane and just plain 0 after the DI portion of the filter.
 

cwrenge

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:?: :) Hi Yall....great discussion..! i myself am thinking ( soon too ) of getting one for my 55 reef....I live on the 3rd. floor so it will be a benifit to have one . i go to my LFS to get water at 1 $ a gal. with all the valuable info here , my question is ...? how do you get rid / collect the waste water from the system ? do you connect to a drain some where...? and i heard from a fellow fish head that the in-put water must be Heated...? because if not the filters aren't effective enough .? so this was from the only person i know who had an RO/DI ....and i kinda can't be confidant from his experience's..... cw.
 

Lorbear

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What sort of CO2 equipment is required to operate a calcium reactor?

I have a calcium reactor and need to know what further equipment is necessary for succesful operation!
 

spongebob lover

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well since we're talking about equipment and your can asnwer this one after lorbear.
could anyone explain me what's the function of a kalkwasser, how do you run it and why some people choose it because i've always confused the kalkwasser with the calcium reactor?
Thanks doods :)
 

MrMoo

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beaumont tx
Help with sand???

Has anyone used the white quartz sand in their reef tank. I'm setting up a 135. I like the fine sand better for the little critters I think. - thought about the oolic but I read that it tends to blow around if you have good circulation. It is also a bit expensive. Sure could use some help on this one.
 

Curtswearing

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Mr. Moo,

Welcome to Reef Frontiers!!!

Quartz (or Silica) is a very hard sand. Some of it is very sharp and is not appropriate for all species of sandbed animals. On the other hand, some of it is sufficiently smooth. I have successfully run a DSB on a nano tank using sandblasting sand (which is typically made of Silica).
 

Blue Ocean

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Protein Skimmer in 200 reef

Any ideas on the best protein skimmer for a 200 reef will have allot of live mature live rock.. New to RF...Hi to everyone.
 

Roly

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If you have an in sump skimmer (for 150 gal tanks), are power heads still needed for a 110 gal. tank with fish, live rock, and an anemone?
 

Scooterman

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Hi Roly, do you have water flow like a return pump or something to keep the water moving? It is a good idea to keep the water in motion, by a closed loop, return pump or some means, even for fish only tanks.
 

cmiller

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I live in Seattle and am wondering if anyone out there can make a recommendation re: where to go to have my 5 lb co2 tank filled? also, any idea how much this costs?
thanks.
 

Maxx

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Look in the yellow pages for welding supply companies. I usually fill two 5 lb co2 tanks up for about $35 here in StL.

Nick
 

cmiller

chris
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First off, i'll apologize if i'm not posting this question in the most ideal forum. i'm still learning how to navigate this site.

i am setting up a ca reactor system and am searching for a place to fill my 5 lb co2 canister. a few welding shops i contacted said they 'exchange' co2 canisters. that is, they won't fill mine specifically, but swap me out for a filled canister. is this standard procedure or should i look for a place that will fill my canister? anyone from seattle who would recommend a place?
i've heard a few folks warn against filling your co2 from a welding shop (vs. restaurant supply shop) b/c of potential contaminants that can be introduced into your system. any validity to this concern?
thanks.
chris
 

Maxx

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Thats typical here in StL too. Try looking in the yellow pages for other Welding Supply shops that will fill yours. It will take longer if you want to keep yours, but they generally have both aluminum and steel tanks, so swapping out for whatever one you have isnt that big a deal. I just swap mine out.

Nick
 

Matt and Beth

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just buying equipment

we are setting up a 110 gal tank and dont know anything about it. we need to know the equipment we need and what size. anyone with any suggestions. we are wanting coral and anenames.thanks:)
 

acclnz

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Should we use bio balls or not... Some places they say yes to them and others say keep away. Being new to this (only one year in) I want to know if I'm doing this right or not... please help.
Thanks.
 

DonW

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Should we use bio balls or not... Some places they say yes to them and others say keep away. Being new to this (only one year in) I want to know if I'm doing this right or not... please help.
Thanks.
It depends on the type of system. Not to be rude but I'd do a little reading on basic reef chemistry. The bioballs are great and work fantastic for a fish only system that can tolerate nitrates.

Don
 
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