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Old 02-19-2013, 06:25 AM   #16
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Do you have a tds meter.
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Never heard of it. What does it do?
It measures the amount of total dissolved solids that are in the water column.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:29 AM   #17
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Ok...you guys have my attention. Solids meaning waste or like minerals and such? I like having all the tools I need for the job so if I acquire this meter what will it help me accomplish?
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:07 AM   #18
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I have the fluva co2 mini. It was the worst piece of equipment I bought. If your tight on money go diy co2. Cost of the cartridges are insane.

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Old 02-19-2013, 10:52 AM   #19
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I can't go with a DIY unit. I already feel iffy enough with CO2 in there in the 1st place. This tank is in my 5 year old sons room and hes autistic which doesn't really mean anything other than that his actions are sometimes unpredictable, and his 2 year old sister also plays in his room Alot. I can keep them away from a canister behind the tank. But if either of them sees a pop bottle or anything similar with tubing coming out of it I'm certain they will try to play with it and that makes me very nervous. I'm just gonna try the excel while I slowly piece together a pressurized system
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:08 PM   #20
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It measures the total Dissolved solids in your water Normally RO water has a very Low TDS Reading 0-25, your tap water will be higher, mine is 275. I was getting RO water and mixing it 50/50 like you, I bought a TDS meter online for less than 15 dollars. Tested my tap water and the RO water I was buying. Tap water was 275. The RO water I was buying had a Reading of 225. The LFS was not changing the filters out so I was buying tap water.

My point is If your LFS is selling you water that is not much better than your tap water why use it, It is just a waste of money.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:19 PM   #21
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Maybe they have a meter I can have them use to show me? Idk. I mainly use the RO water to lower my GH KH and PH. I don't really use it for any other reason. Ill see if they have a meter tho
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:22 PM   #22
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Ya see if they have one, Not all LFS sell bad RO water I just got unlucky one time.
Are you on well water?
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:25 PM   #23
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No I'm on city water and I've contacted my board of public work and gotten a few printouts of the composition of my water. All seems good. Idk where I put them tho sadly. I trust my LFS very much it's locally owned he only hires people with tons of knowledge and the owner and every member are required to he members of our local club. It's a very well ran place. I would imagine he would make sure the filters are changed out
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Cool maybe just mix 25% RO and do larger water changes then and see how that works for you. I am a very big supporter of large weekly water changes, Its better for the health of the whole tank.
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That's what I've been leaning towards as far as the mixture. Idk about 50% water changes tho. I'm gonna start by doubling what I'm doing now. Doing 20% weekly instead of biweekly. I do a 50% water change on my mbuna tank but they are just so messy lol
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:21 PM   #26
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I agree with the advise given so far but wanted to add a few things. If the report from your public works department seemed pretty good, why insist on R/O? I'm seeing a trend of people waiting to perform water changes based on availability of R/O. The foam you mentioned is most likely protein in your water. That protein comes from decomposition of plant and animal waste. The primary cause of the staghorn you have is overfeeding, mulm buildup, and not changing the water after disturbing the substrate. Now that you have increased lighting the algae is in overdrive. It sounds like you need to do a thorough substrate vacuum. Wipe off any debris from plants, wood, rocks etc. Clean your filter. Change the water before the mulm settles. Then decrease feeding. Personally, I turn my filter off during feeding. That way I can see exactly what is left and adjust how much I feed. Otherwise the food gets churned up into the water and the fish never eat it.
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I use the RO water to lower my GH PH and KH. I don't want to mess with peat. I don't feed much because I don't want to overfeed but I can scale back a bit more. I have a sand substrate son luckily everything unbeaten collects on it and my Kribs eat it although in sure your right they don't get it all. I do turn my filter off when I feed and during water changes already as well. I have an ability to get RO water whenever I need it I just choose not to drive to get it very often I'm going to do a 20% water change tomorrow and then I will wipe off the staghorn that I have but I can't wipe the diatoms from the plants anymore without damaging them but I can still clean the glass. All I have for water changes is a python which doesn't really work with this small of a tank so I've been scooping the water out with a glass into a bucket ill look into getting another smaller vaccume
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