Collecting NSW in durban

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by Andreas, 19 Jun 2008.

  1. Andreas

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    hi guys,

    i read a while back that some cape town reefers were collecting NSW from 2 oceans.

    is there anyone in durban collecting from Ushaka. I want to start curing(cooking) my rocks this weekend:p
     
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  3. gaz19

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    my friend used to. i think you have to pay a certain amount and are then allowed free acces after 5pm or something like that.
     
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    thanks gaz, i think that the guys also mentioned that at 2oceans you pay something like R200 a year and you are allowed to collect 400l a week?

    would rather stop the trailer at ushaka then walk up and down the beach collecting 200l a month
     
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    I have a permit for Ushaka, but have not collected in months, just a mission to go after 5pm. The water is not as clean as you might think.
     
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    Andreas.collect from isipingo beach.the water there is pretty clean most of the time and more convenient for collecting.used the water from there several times
     
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    oh yes and you are in the umdloti area.why not drive up to ballito and collect from there.Alan uses the water from ballito aswell
     
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    what did you pay for the permit?what was wrong with the water Thalion?
     
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    yip just lazy, collecting 200 liters a month is no joke
     
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    you still young.Alan collects 100l a week lol
     
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    Try 500 -600 lt every 02nd week.:whistling:
     
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    Can't remember, was not too expensive. Not at clean as RO water and Salt Mix, and with rain and pollution in that area did not want to take the risk. Tests showed highish PO4 and NO2 & NO3.
     
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    did a test on North beach water. Amonia-0,N03-0,N02-0,Alk-7 and po4 <0.01
     
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    Hmmm but I doubt you’d get that same reading every day. There will be day/periods that those levels will be elevated. Defiantly not constant nutrient levels.
     
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    very true Andrew.this water was collected and tested when the beach was quiet and the S/SW was blowing for 2 days
     
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    Mekaeel - Andrew: You guys are 100% correct. The same goes for salinity, pH, level of oxygen, amount of POC's and DOC's in the water, etc., etc.....

    Now - that's not a bad thing for our tanks, as such, depending on the following factors:
    1) what do you aim to keep? (or what are you currently keeping?) - a REALLY EXOTIC work of art consisting mostly of SPS corals? Or a soft-coral/LPS tank with some fish? Or a more natural "garden reef" tank? Fish only tank?
    2) whether you have a HUGE mother of a skimmer that can take out the "crap" in the water, IF these parameters are unstable
    3) are you dosing any chemicals?
    4) do you have a phosphate reactor?
    5) how big is your system? (water volume)? that the water changes with the ever-changing parameters, does not have such a big effect on your tank....
     
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    ok in my case Jacques
    1.SPS corals
    2.huge skimmer DNW 300
    3.yes zeovit
    4.yes.
    5.+-700l.water parameters hardly effect tank
     
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    ifi had such a lekka "boepie" then i'll collect for everyone that stay down at the coast:whistling:
     
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    i guess smaller weekly water changes wont have a really big effect on the tank
     
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    correct.but about 2 weeks back i did a 200l waterchange,no ill effects,just found my low Ca level been raised.so it is benefitting the system
     
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    Mekaeel - just to clarify - you DO still do water changes with NSW, right?
     
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