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  1. I have set up an RODI system in my basement and I have done all the plumbing myself. I'm going crazy and I need someone smarter than me to help me remove air from the system. From what I have observed and tested so far, the system is water tight, but not air tight. I have no idea where and how air is getting into the system. It's particularly annoying because if I don't use it for a few days, the media dries up and I'm not sure this is good for it. I have included a photo. It looks confusing, but this is the system explanation: 1. Pex tubing for hot and cold going to thermostatic mixing valve 2. mixing valve to split between hose(to fill non rodi water) and timer (in case I forget to turn off the system). 3. timer goes to RODI system As you can tell, there is ALWAYS an air bubble up top, even when i try to bleed it. Also, I do not see any air traveling in the tubing pre sediment cartridge, so I'm pretty sure it's somwhere in the RODI system.
  2. I learned my lesson from past experiences and all new fish get quarantined for 4 weeks now. I run a copper treatment at half dose on all fish, regardless if they look infected or not. I have heard conflicting opinions on treating fish that show no signs of sickness, but after the frustrating experiences I have dealt with, I'd rather go through all precautions and preemptively treat. I'd rather have an issue with a healthy fish reacting poorly in the medicated quarantine tank than a possible contamination in the display tank. What do people run for sensitive fish? I do like watchman gobies quite a bit and I know they can't handle copper too well. Paraguard? I also know they're not susceptible to ich, but from what I gather, they might be potential carriers.
  3. I have some cheap live rock I put in the quarantine tank I have running. I know it is porous. This live rock is never going in anywhere except in the qt. If I run cupramine in the future to treat fish, will the live rock absorb all of it? I obviously do plan to test the tank for the amount of copper if I ever do run copper medication. The tank is a bare 10 gallon with only a sponge filter, a power head, and maybe 5 to 6 pounds at most of live rock.
  4. I'm setting up a quaratine tank for soft corals. Any recommendations on a cheap led light that will work for soft corals on a standard 10 gallon rectangular tank? I'm looking for an led light that will be strong enough for any soft coral I may get in the future.
  5. I always had a problem trying to find the right product to sift the very top layer of sand in my nano reef tank. I'm not sure this is the exact same product in the link, but I found it at walmart and works great on my fine to medium sand. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Wideskall-4-5-Stainless-Steel-Large-Wide-Rim-Sink-Strainer-for-Kitchen-Drain-Strainer-Pack-of-2/555318842?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=11989&adid=22222222227238429909&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=283896237978&wl4=pla-474390707739&wl5=9001908&wl6=&wl7=&wl8=&wl9=pla&wl10=117097460&wl11=online&wl12=555318842&wl13=&veh=sem&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-tmX7cOb3gIVAlmGCh0L1gOtEAQYASABEgLrlvD_BwE It's stainless steel, so i just rinse it off and dry it off, Hopefully it doesn't have any chemicals that will contaminate my tank.
  6. I'm going to give it two more weeks. I have no idea why there are so micro bubbles this time and I have no idea what I did the first time around to avoid micro bubbles. Anyways, I added some coral. Is it safe to add coral with so many air bubbles?
  7. 3 TDS is still very good as far as I'm concerned. Obviously, 0 is ideal. Which brand do you have? I have the 50gpd Aquatic Life RO Buddie and I couldn't be happier. My TDS meter reads around 90 pre RODI and 0 post. I believe they have a 100 gpd version. I couldn't be any happier for the price and performance. Also, you might want to think about buying a water jug or some storage container. I bought 3 cheap 5 gallon water bottles from walmart. I keep them filled and capped until I need to use it. It's a pain, but it beats waiting for rodi water. P.S. what tds is your tap water at pre filtration and also, your tds meter might be off a little bit.
  8. I have a fluval sea mini skimmer installed into my Fluval Evo 13.5. Months ago I got it to work fairly well. After a few days the micro bubbles disappeared and it was producing decent skim although not as much as I would've liked. But I was very pleased with the price and performance of it. I went on vacation and decided to turn it off so my sister wouldn't deal with it since she would only do the bare minimum. Ever since returning I have not been able to get that thing to work right. It produces plenty of foam, but just doesn't seem to accumulate any skim in the cup. What's worse is that the micro bubbles are extremely annoying. The aquarium is full of nano bubbles and this has been like this for a month hoping to "break in." I keep trying to adjust it, but nothing has worked so far. I took it out and opened it to see if it was clean or something had come loose. It was fine. I have no idea how I got it to work right the first time. Has anyone had difficulty with this skimmer?
  9. For anyone who has a fluval 13.5 with cooling issues, I just wanted to let you know that I managed to get a Zoo Med Aqual Cool cooling fan to fit on it. Be a little careful positioning it. It's snug, but it fits. You will have to reverse the slider to allow for the maximum thickness. I just installed it, so I don't know how well it works, but I'm optimistic. My tank was only running around 2 degrees warmer than what I wanted. Only issue is that because of the tight fit, the nozzle is positioned almost straight down and a bit of the opening is exposed on the opposite side allowing a little bit of air to be redirected upwards, however the vast majority of air is still going downwards.
  10. by a wide margin too compared to the others I have used. It even keeps sand from getting trapped between itself and the aquarium glass. Cleaning near the bottom is something I always avoided with other cleaners.
  11. Man. I bought the nano flipper scraper......wow. I really can't believe how well it works. Two days ago, I spent around 30 minutes to get half the algae off. Using that nano scraper for 20 minutes I was able to get off around 90% and it was less effort and much much less messy. I will buy one for each of my tanks.
  12. I have 2 quarantine tanks set up right now. both for freshwater and saltwater. I went too long without one and I paid the price.
  13. Thanks for all the responses. I'm probably overly paranoid, but I had the worst luck with clownfish for whatever reason with ich and now that I've managed to have 2 clownfish alive for almost a year, I want to keep it that way. I'm pretty sure it had to do with the source of where I was getting them.
  14. I used to clean my glass three times a week. spotless. then i went away for a month and my sister took care of my tanks. I can't complain since she took care of my tanks, but she didn't clean them. Once again....very little film on the glass, but man is it persistent.
  15. I have that annoying thin film of algae on my glass. It is not obvious until you get close to the tank, but it annoys me. I scrub it, but it won't come off. It's crusted onto the glass. I use a special scrubbing sponge specifically made for glass tanks, and that worked a small amount, but far from complete. The mag float, did next to nothing. Anybody have a successful approach?
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