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    I am interested on peoples opinions here Ozone or no Ozone what are the benifits or drawbacks ???????????????
     
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    I'm running ozone via my skimmer.
    My primary reason is to help out with the DOC. It does clear up the tank a lot and removes that yellow tinge in the water.
     
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    I love it. Use it. It converts NH4 and NO2 directly to NO3. Be warned, too much will oxidise and kill EVERYTHING in your tank. Also, don't use with GAC, especially if you have Tangs. HDLE will occur, besides the O3 does what your GAC is doing.
    I also use it with a controller and probe so as not to reach a level of over 425MV, the probe needs calibrating and cleaning around once a month.
     
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    Sounds very risky especially to somebody like myself who is not experienced in using Ozone also the fact that i have 3 yellows 1 purple 1 naso 1 convict and 1 regal and 1 sailfin tang in my 2 metre reef tank
     
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    Riaan may i ask what is DOC ?
     
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    Not that risky if used with controller.

    Another option is to run it on a timer. 30-45 minutes twice a day and that will make a noticable difference. As long as you do not smell it, then its OK. It does have a very short livespan and breaks down extremely quickly.

    HLLE has been linked to carbon. On its own, even when not used with ozone.
     
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    dissolved organic compounds, this is what a skimmer removes best :)
     
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    as carlos mentioned. its real simple and when used right its a life saver...

    it actually makes the water so much clearer your lights become stronger :) well based on me measuring with my par meter, and a few articles as well
     
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    DOC
    Dissolved Organic Compound

    The stuff making the water look yellow.
     
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    Thank you guys for the very useful info if i use it and dont have a controller i will use via the skimmer with a time twice a day for half an hour and see how things go thanks again you guys rock :thumbup:
     
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    On a timer, the best option is to let it run for 30 minutes in the morning after you already left for work. Same in the afternoon, when you are not normally around.

    If you can smell it, then either your reator should be tuned down, or the time it runs should be shorter. More likely the output generated should be tuned down.

    Note that some very older skimmer bodies can not handle ozone. They go brittle, fine cracks or change color. But as far as I know, basically all skimmers for last 5 years at least are OK.
     
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    O3 is accumulative, in terms of increasing your redox over time. Timers are not the best way to control it, it will kick you in the proverbial "butt" one day.
    Also, dry your air.
    Corono discharges are not friends of moisture, they start to degrade in a very short time and even start producing nitric acid when wet. I use a simple air dryer ball that I got from pick N' pay or builders warehouse, or use silica beads (air from air pump must be siphoned in before O3 generator, this will cost more).

    Many suggest removing the residual O3 from the air and water using carbon, I don't. It quickly dissipates within a matter of seconds when in contact with water and air (within 2 seconds).

    O3 is a great friend, but a great enemy too. Most corrosive substance on earth, next is Cl.
     
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    Is it not more corrosive than Cl? Being a lot more unstable and willing to bind with anything as soon as possible?
     
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    sorry, re-read your statement and now got it right, O3 is most corrosive.
     
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    Had a purple get HDLE from O3 and carbon. Personal experience. He was scared for life.
     
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    :lol: Can I call you old?
     
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    speed reading again :m85:
     
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    Nope, just a proof that I do slip up with multitasking. :m01:
     
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    thats called old age
     
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    Ja ja, I know.
    But mathematically speaking, you are catching up on me...
     
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