Malcolm1952

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  1. malcolm1952

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    Starting a new tank from scratch. i was told i could use tap water dosed with anti chlorine agent to start up my tank.
    Is this correct?:blush:
     
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    Hi and welcome @malcolm1952 , this is something we will NEVER advise our customers. for the simple reason that when things go wrong, you are best geard up to problem solve if you know what went into your tank in the first place. Shot but sweet answer. We don't know what the municipality routinely adds to our water for various reasons ? The word Flocculants is the first that comes to mind.
     
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    tap water comes with free phosphates, something you do not need in your Marine home aquarium.

    Welcome to the forum, it's is quiet here, and has been for a few days, so don't get disheartened by the lack of response just yet.

    Best bet is to do things proper from the beginning, this eliminates the probability of failure in the long run.
     
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    This advice is probably for a freshwater tank, possibly for fish only marines with some caveats but definitely not for coral.
     
  6. malcolm1952

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    So if i cant use tap water then the other is RO water.
    Spoke to the local pool shop and they tell me the maximum they can do in a day is 150 Liters and they want some of that for themselves and other clients.
    Spoke to another shop and they told me the same.:m22:
    So how do i fill my +- 500 Liter tank so i can get started.
     
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    If you are going to run a 500l tank I would recommend buying a RO unit, there are a few sponsors here that give really good prices. My tank loses about 50l a week to evaporation, going to fetch this would be such a pain let alone the 150l needed for water changes. If you want to fill a new tank, why not go get some saltwater from the two oceans aquarium?
     
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    I thought of that but i think it will be a pain.
    Will have to buy containers and do a few trips to the Aquarium.
    Also trying to get your car close to the aquarium is going to be a mission.
    R300.00 to be a member containers +- R500 fuel etc?
    Does anybody have a second hand RO unit for sale or even borrow one and i pay for the cartridges that might work.
     
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    There are certain things a reefer must invest in. RO machine, ATC Refractometer, test kits, decent salt, decent lighting.

    We do a 4 stage RO machine 75gpd (from the biggest RO water supplier in SA, we supply with DOW Filmtec membranes) (not the normal 50gpd) machines invest in this and you wont be sorry.
     
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    Do you have a price for me.
    regards
     
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    you are in Cape Town. Why don't you collect water from Two Oceans Aquarium? As far as I know you join them for a fee per year.

    Others can help me out with more info please.
     
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