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RO storage container sediment

I have 55 and 30 gal storage containers that I use for my RO water. Both are hooked up to float switches. After remineralizing, there is always a certain amount of sediment that settles to the bottom of containers. I'm assuming its whatever is in equilibrium that wont dissolve. Is this normal? If so, how do you clean it out of larger containers or is it ok the let it accumulate? Ive been dumping it after water changes but I have to disconnect the floats to do that and am worried that over time, all the taking on and off will mess up the ferrels or threads on the floats
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Does it affect hardness at all?


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Could you drill a hole on the side at the bottom. Then put a bulk head and valve there (or something similar) to use as a drain as you flush it out with a hose or buckets of water? I'm thinking of how water heaters have a drain at the bottom for flushing out sediment.

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Do you use a powerhead or two to constantly mix the bins? This is what I do. I never have any sediment left in my two 15 gallon bins I use. I use nilocG gh booster in one and salty shrimp GH+ in other. They are both well mixed after about 4 hours or less and never anything left on bottom once emptied.


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Up until now I've only kept the base of an api hydro filter in the bottom of each with an airline attached to keep the water moving. Maybe a powerhead is a better option. I dont think the residual effects the hardness as anything that would dissolve has done so before I do the water changes. Hopefully its just the equilibrium from seachem. I just finished a tub of it so will be using something else next week. I picked up a pound of Tom Barr's gh booster to try and also bought a few pounds of CaSo4, Epson salts, and potassium something lol to try mixing my own. Still working on that haha
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Up until now I've only kept the base of an api hydro filter in the bottom of each with an airline attached to keep the water moving. Maybe a powerhead is a better option. I dont think the residual effects the hardness as anything that would dissolve has done so before I do the water changes. Hopefully its just the equilibrium from seachem. I just finished a tub of it so will be using something else next week. I picked up a pound of Tom Barr's gh booster to try and also bought a few pounds of CaSo4, Epson salts, and potassium something lol to try mixing my own. Still working on that haha


What I like to do is place a powerhead on the bottom facing down so it's constantly hitting the very bottom so nothing has a chance to collect on the bottom. It really does mix well and within 4 hours it's all mixed verified with tds test. Also what this does is help age the water. This is especially important for my CRS tank so when it comes time to change water it's good to go.


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