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Beginners Questions / Sand or no sand
« Last post by Bradderz123 on Today at 3:19:42 am »
I’m shortly to be setting up my Reefer 170 and was wondering what recommendations experienced people would make regarding substrate?

I understand sand would make my reef look more authentic but I also understand sand is a main contributor to housing, and spreading disease I.e. housing parasites such as Ick.

Any thoughts or guidance would be welcome.
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Swap Shop / ECO Reef
« Last post by Bradderz123 on May 23, 2019 8:55:13 pm »
I have bought a box of TMC ECO Reef (branches) - having looked at it i’m wondering whether someone who has bought a different box would like to swap some pieces. I’d like a bigger piece to act as a potential base for the branches to attach to. As I’m going to get a reefer 170 I don’t think I’ll be able to use all the pieces.
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Introductions / Re: Hello Folks
« Last post by MarkG on May 22, 2019 10:32:43 pm »
That's good news Dr80, I must get round to sorting that out as the tank is nearing the end of cycling  :glad:
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Introductions / Re: Hello Folks
« Last post by MarkG on May 22, 2019 10:30:31 pm »
Thanks for the handy hint HK, very much appreciated and duly done.
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General Reef Discussions / Re: Cleaning Second Hand Tank
« Last post by MarineMed on May 22, 2019 3:21:22 pm »
Thanks very much for the suggestions - I’ll get some hydrogen peroxide and steel wool next! The limescale like stains on the inside glass where the old water level used to be are a right pain to remove. Even a razor blade won’t get them off so hopefully the wire wool will do it.
They sell steel wool at BQ, ultra fine might be not good enough, but Fine grade should do it, sometimes you have packs with different grades inside to choose from.

Get some stronger bathroom cleaner desigend to tackle limescale so you can soak the steel wool and then rub.
Worked everytime for me.

Good luck

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Beginners Questions / Re: RO Water
« Last post by MightyWings on May 22, 2019 2:58:17 pm »
See if you can pack it tighter, ideally you should never get anything other than zero out of it.

Yeah I’ll try that but maybe not worth it on this current cartridge - not sure if touching it is going to make it worse..
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General Reef Discussions / Re: Cleaning Second Hand Tank
« Last post by MightyWings on May 22, 2019 2:57:05 pm »
Hi,

If its a second hand tank then I would first fill it up with warm water and pour in whole bottle of hydrogen paroxide 9% solution ( tanks 30 gal + ). You can get this at any Tesco Pharmacy. Let it sit for 1 hour, this will eliminate any live organisms that might survive other chemicals. At the end just flush it properly, but dont get paranoid, its not a poison.

Yes you can use tap water for cleaning, why not, just give it a flush with RO and wipe it dry. Its not like few drops of tap water would spike your PO4 and else. Dont worry.

For any dirt on glass, dry - limescale like stains i would recommend Steel Wool - Fine grade, nothing works better on glass and will remove pretty much everything without scratching it ( dont press it too hard - test it on other area first )
Anything more stubborn, just use razor blade, each glide you do, wipe of what came off the glass to prevent scratching with loose material.

Best of luck !

Thanks

Thanks very much for the suggestions - I’ll get some hydrogen peroxide and steel wool next! The limescale like stains on the inside glass where the old water level used to be are a right pain to remove. Even a razor blade won’t get them off so hopefully the wire wool will do it.
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Beginners Questions / Re: RO Water
« Last post by ajm83 on May 22, 2019 8:50:16 am »
Not really tightly packed but I was getting 0TDS after running it for about a minute or so 👍

See if you can pack it tighter, ideally you should never get anything other than zero out of it.
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General Reef Discussions / Re: Cleaning Second Hand Tank
« Last post by MarineMed on May 21, 2019 4:19:05 pm »
Hi,

If its a second hand tank then I would first fill it up with warm water and pour in whole bottle of hydrogen paroxide 9% solution ( tanks 30 gal + ). You can get this at any Tesco Pharmacy. Let it sit for 1 hour, this will eliminate any live organisms that might survive other chemicals. At the end just flush it properly, but dont get paranoid, its not a poison.

Yes you can use tap water for cleaning, why not, just give it a flush with RO and wipe it dry. Its not like few drops of tap water would spike your PO4 and else. Dont worry.

For any dirt on glass, dry - limescale like stains i would recommend Steel Wool - Fine grade, nothing works better on glass and will remove pretty much everything without scratching it ( dont press it too hard - test it on other area first )
Anything more stubborn, just use razor blade, each glide you do, wipe of what came off the glass to prevent scratching with loose material.

Best of luck !

Thanks
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General Reef Discussions / Re: Cleaning Second Hand Tank
« Last post by MightyWings on May 21, 2019 3:22:21 pm »
Ah. They're spiroid worms. I'd just leave it, as they'll just grow back. Harmless filter feeders. They will be dead. Over time new ones will grow in high flow areas. Old shells will eventually break down.


Perfect may not bother cleaning it all then. It’s all nearly ready now but not sure if i need to rinse the tank with RODI now as have been using tap water in tank to clean. Thanks 👍
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