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  1. I have been out of the Reef tank game for a few years and recently got back in it in the last year. However, I do not have an RO/DI system and have been using store bought gallons of distilled water for water changes and top offs. I have never ever had such a problem with hair algae and cyano in my life! Anyone else have this issue with store bought water? I'm using tropic marin bio-actif reef salt. Hard corals are growing like crazy though and loving every bit of it, so are the nems. Zoas and ricordea are melting.
  2. Main Question: Has anyone been able to relate any water quality issues with using store-bought distilled water, that later were resolved by using your own RODI system? I’ve been purchasing distilled water for my 30 gal nano reef tank just because I didn’t want the hassle of buying add’l equipment and time with making my own water. I test the bottles every so often and they have all been usually between 0 and 1 TDS. However, I can’t seem to keep emerald crabs or any type of shrimp alive for more than a week or so. Corals all seem ok except I always think they could have more polyp extension, except for an Acan that is alive but has refused to open up fully after the first couple of weeks I got it. I know there are multiple variables, reasons for these symptoms but just wondering if my store bought distilled water @ 0-1 TDS could be part of the problem. I realize not every contaminant of concern shows up as detectable TDS. My reef tank is about 1.5 yrs old. I started having the issues with emerald crabs and shrimp about 2-3 months in. All Hermit crabs and snails seem ok however. Wondering if it’s time to bite the bullet with an RODI sys. TIA
  3. Kaden S

    Tank Revamp

    Hi all! This will be my thread for the revamp of my 26 gallon bow front reef. Long story short, I had to move the tank to a new house about 3 months ago, and ever since then it has been very neglected. It seems to be doing decent, as it is currently lightly stocked (IMO). The reason it has been neglected these past few months is that it is in a room full of other stuff, and I haven't been wanting to get all the other stuff in the room soaked. But, now as I have lived here for a while, stuff has slowly moved out of the room and I can now focus my attention to the tank. Here is what I have stocked in the tank ATM: - 2x ocellaris clowns - 1x yellow watchman goby - 1x Emerald crab - 15 or so snails of different variants - 15 or so blue leg hermit crabs - 1x Shrimp Coral: - 1x acan frag that has 2 heads, has been at a standstill for the past couple months, due to the lack of water changes I have a aquaclear 50 and a koralia nano 425 for filtration in the tank. Inside of the AC50 I have some chemipure and polyfilter pad, along with a stock sponge that came with the filter. I just ordered some more chemipure and polyfilter pads to replace the ones I am currently using. I came here for some help on what I can do that will help me out with: A: Getting these small, hard dots of algae that cover all of my glass off B: Getting rid of some bubble algae that I have attached to my acan frags plug C: Increasing the overall health and growth out of my acan What I had in mind was buying about 6 gallons of distilled water(I know, rodi is the way to go, but we don't have a spot for the rodi filter in the new house yet, and I have been topping off with distilled this whole time and highly doubt that is my problem, as I have seen many other nano reefers use it successfully) from the store tomorrow and changing out 6 gallons once a week for the 3-4 weeks and see how it progresses. Also, any recommendations on a reef salt mix to use? I am currently using the generic instant ocean and feel a reef mix will be the way to go when I run out of the mix I currently have. Any recommendations for a water change schedule and salt mix will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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