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Old 02-02-2012, 11:10 PM   #46
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To be honest I haven't used it before . But Liam said it worked great so that must be he case ! But that TDS will be your "clean" TDS reading as there shouldn't be anything bad in there. So you'll probabily need to do water changes when the tds in your tank reachs ~200
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:18 AM   #47
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I use RO right. I just add til tds is 175 and toss it in the tank. That's always tested as 4-5 GH for me.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:31 AM   #48
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So 185 isn't terribly off from what you are doing. I wish the color change in the test was a little more dramatic. I am assuming that a tinge of green is all I am looking for or does it need to be green green?
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:37 AM   #49
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If you aren't sure you can add more of the remineralizer. Since shrimp can stand GH of 4-6 you could potentially increase the TDS by 38 and still be in that range.
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:40 AM   #50
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I think my GH is ok...I was just worried about the TDS being so high at 185-187. If I bumped it up to 5 GH I'd be over 200 TDS and that wouldn't be good, right?
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:42 AM   #51
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It's when the color changes from Orange to green. I'm not sure how accurate the drip tests are, but i wouldnt go crazy over a few tds. If the GH is a little high, the substrate will take care of that, if its a little low, you can always do a wc with slightly higher GH water, or just add a little RO right.
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I think you're getting distracted by your TDS meter.
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Probably. I guess I just want to make sure I do this right considering this tank will house potentially hundreds of dollars worth of shrimp some day.
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Well GH is whats important, tds is secondary. I have a tank with 480 tds and 5gh, I think yours will be fine, lol
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The Akadama is going to strip some of it out initially and you don't sound like you are going to stock it immediately so you should have time to do some water changes and figure out how you want to dial in your re-constituted RO water.
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Yeah, right...plan is to wait a couple weeks to a month to let the tank run and work the bugs out. If anything, I might stick some RCS in there but only after I am sure things are stable.
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Well GH is whats important, tds is secondary. I have a tank with 480 tds and 5gh, I think yours will be fine, lol
My crystal tank was 280TDS today and still 5-6gH and breeding like crazy. I did a small WC to bring it down to 230.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:03 AM   #58
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Well, for better or worse, tank is full of water and running. I'll check parameters this even to see what they look like after 20 hours. It's nice to see it just a little closer to being inhabited.
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:10 PM   #59
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Here are some shots from last night's setup...

Old Sea Mud



Covered with Akadama



Seeded Lava Rock UGF biomedia



Complete Akadama coverage



WATER!!!



So far, so good. Canister is dead quite, has good flow for this size tank, and is leak free. I will re-do placement of the plumbing, I just wanted to get the filter running last night. I will also be adding a sponge filter soon. So, I am pretty excited to be this far along. I have some Java Fern that will go in the tank, probably just a bunch in the back corner(s). The rest will be moss on the substrate, maybe some lava rocks throughout for additional biomedia as well as some nice porous areas for film to grow.
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Job well done so far sir.
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