Thanks Paul, Scott and others for setting up Saturday's tour. I really enjoyed seeing the "behind the scenes". Plus, I found out that I need to run water from there through a phosphate sponge before using it.
i've been buying my water from the aquarium for the past 6 months. i've never had a phosphate problem with their water but i've had others. the calcium, alk, magnesium, etc. are always really low so i have to add a ton of additives to it for my reef tank. i couldn't beat the price though at .05 cents a gallon but then i started factoring in my additives. i plan to buy an ro/di unit this week and start making my own saltwater. i'm sure there water is fine for a fish only tank.
I had gone on a shorter version of the tour earlier this summer and I enjoyed this one just as much. I will repeat what Gordon said in another thread and ask if any one who had a camera can post a few pics.
Wha, it's by now obvious that I shouldn't be allowed to wander around without a keeper
DSelayed leaving Parkland till noon, making good time on the freeway till hit the south end of seattle, then its like stop and go, see the madison st turn off, in 3rd lane and NO ONE will let me over. Take next exit, head west and eventually get to water front, turn back around and head up to the Aquarium, it's now 1:15 pull into the parking lot across the street, buy a parking chit then look for non-existent parking spot. The attendent is yelling at me for paying first then tries to get me to park in a space 4' wide between 2 SUVs, right. After a heated exchange that resulted in me paying $6 to circle the lot a while , I realize its now 1:30 so I said bag this and left. Stopped at Alices work trying to catch her before she came up, no luck, she's gone, I have wrong cell # and no ones home at her house..
What really frustrates me is I find places and go to them with the vaguest of directions, of course that is in the area that I work in and have driven every road
So no more Seattle excursions unless I have a baby sitter. Before Mike brings it up, last time I got confused in Bremerton and couldn't find the Ferry and almost missed Eric B
I would like to add my thanks to the PSAS staff for arranging the tour. It was really cool to see the solutions they've worked out for problems common to all would-be aquarist-turned-plumbers. Also found out I really need to get serious about an RO/DI solution after talking with their engineer about their analysis of Seattle Municipal Water supply. Off the charts phosphates, and high iron and silicates. I'd known for awhile that my water was really hard, but didn't realize that it was virtually all accounted for in phosphates.