Red Tide Water

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  1. Lawrence 6

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    Goodday,

    I would like to find out how a person can use red tide water. We are having it for almost a month now and we do not know for how long it will go on. If there is a way can someone give clarity and what to do.

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    What is a Red tide? Red tide - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In the following article, The Challenges of Collecting Natural Sea Water for Your Marine Aquarium, the writer sheds some clarification on collecting NSW during a red tide. One can derive from this article that the writer sterilizes the NSW with Chlorox regular bleach and de-chlorinates it again at a later stage.

    Here is a link to sterilizing NSW: http://www.marineaquariumsa.com/breeding-fish/14860-sterilize-sea-water.html

    I am posting this here and now as i am in the same dilemma and i will sterilize the red tide NSW as i need to do a water change ASAP!
     
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    Get salt & mix it with RO it's the safest...
     
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    Any recommendations?
     
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    Sorry for my stupidity what is red tide as i want to collect nsw on sunday from the bluff.?
     
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    @jono Red tide is a natural algae bloom.

    Collecting the water during red tide is far from ideal. Dissolved oxygen will be a big fat zero and the red colour can be interpretted as phyto, just red phyto, that will quickly die off and create an ammonia spike as big as table mountain. The water quality will be pretty bad.

    You would be much better off just running some carbon or improve existing water quality rather than risk a snap waterchange in my honest opinion.

    Wait it out instead of taking any risks, I've seen 1000's of animals including lobsters, literally crawl out of the water to avoid the red tide.
     
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    So what you saying is we currently experiencing a red tide in durban? What about collecting specimens?
     
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    @jono, It's pretty obvious when you have a red tide, not happenning here in cape town lol :p
     
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    K ill check first
     
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    I read and heard of it here locally and just have not had the chance to see it yet. I bellieve the red tide stops at nahoon-point East London and is clear thereafter towards Durban. I am thinking of going further down coast to collect NSW.
     
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    I would definatley not advise using water from a red tide for waterchanges.

    I surfed nahoon reef earlier today and no red tide is visable along the coast in the immediate east london area. I have been in contact with people and I know for a fact it is as far as seavale.

    Checking the charts and seeing a southerly wind predicted for the next 2 days suggests it will reach east london around wednesdayish.. but while fishing at night I have witnessed phosphorus present in the water in small amounts in gonubie and yellow sands..

    I would suggest using synthetic..
     
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    Ok so is it safe in durban or not.
     
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    We generally don't get dinoflagellate blooms this far up the coast. Durban is safe.
     
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    Not to mention the the toxins that are harmful to livestock and humans:eek:
     
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    We havent had redtide here in 30odd years either. This is a first in my lifetime that im aware of.
     
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    Yeah I was happy commenting on KZN, but I also thought it was restricted to the Southern and Western Cape
     
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    I am experiencing good results so far by moving father along the east coast towards Durban as i did a 30% water change yesterday with NSW collected at Kwelera and fish are still alive.
     
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    i think you are playing russian roulette collecting water here atm, i have seen far less wipe out a system in less than a day, (eg dirty water after rains)

    to collect when red tide is a possibility is putting your inhabatants at risk unnecessarily..
     
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    The red tide has been spotted at Haga Haga so I wouldn'nt take a chance anywhere around the EL area. It will be much safer just topping up with RO and cleaning out your skimmer cup and do no waterchanges for a while than to go and collect water for a waterchange. I haven't done a wc in almost 2 months and everything is still fine in my nano.
     
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