Initially starting the cycle with NSW and there after maintaining with Synthetic Salt

Discussion in 'Water Parameters and Additives' started by Sammy, 24 Jul 2011.

  1. Sammy

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    Hi Guys,

    Would like your thoughts on this please.

    I'm starting a 500L second reef. I was thinking of starting the tank off with NSW from the 2 Oceans Aquarium.

    Once finished cycling maintaining the tank with Synthetic salt mix as I'm using on my current reef ?

    Beside the potential algae problems would this be OK to do i.e initially 500L NSW and then switch to synthetic salt ?

    Your thoughts.
     
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    2 ocean water not that bad. I run my tank on that water and its fine. For the cycle it would be fine.
     
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    Go for it. If the water isnt skimmed and is used immediately then there is generally a high amount of bacteria in the water column. I have however heard from posts on the forum that their water is high in nitrates and phosphates. If you add bacteria and a possible phosphate sponge the nutrients can be reduced to prevent problems further down the road.
     
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    some help with the NSW from 2O if I want to use this water must I first pump and aerate for a couple of days before use or let it stand ???? What is the best way of useing 2O water
     
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    Rather use it straight away. To be on the safe side test the water (nitrates,phosphates, salinity, etc) before adding it to your tank. Some people have had issues with the water but seeing as it gets pumped out the ocean, its parameters will be vary from time to time.
     
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    Great thanks guys, I surely will be saving on my RO filters and salt !
     

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