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  1. I have previously and mine was the same. Think it was ensuring there was no competition for food
  2. I think a multi meter is the only way combined with switching off equipment one bit of kit at a time to highlight where it is coming from.
  3. Yes pal
  4. Also worth testing your RO for P04
  5. Great work pal, Im sure every one will find a theme to suit them
  6. Contact them via pm or in open forum pal or alternatively ring them no set rules really pal
  7. Hi Rob, I have one and have to say it is useless IMO As Webbo said cuc nasarius snails and conch I find best i thought you was using NOPOX ? If so continue using it , it will reduce your P04 with good skimming what is your N03 ? There needs to be nitrates in order to reduce P04 as they bind to be skimmed out.
  8. IIRC they say clear food safe is best for RO as coloured containers tend to leach
  9. Hi Damian, I haven't used either of the lights but friends have and have had great results with both units, I personally would go with the Hydra's . Much smaller and tidier units. Way up the costs and looks then have a good scour of the net. I know @Red Sea Kev is using Hydra's
  10. Most if not all salts will be balanced so as I always advise I keep my parameters to my salt mix so in this instance 450/12.6
  11. As above water changes but test your freas salt water for N03 and P04 before changing it, it may be the problem is with the water pre tank ?
  12. Tank Tests use to sell a few P04 reducing products like phos and doc (P04 remover and carbon) which worked very well but as @W3bbo stated a PITA to rinse. Rowa is essentially the P04 remover side. They also did a liquid phosphate remover which was diluted Lanthanum Chloride very effective but did bond to calcium causing precipitation (cloudy water) like I said very good but am word to the wise, if you are using it keep an eye on your Ca ! Rowa can be using in conjunction with Nopox to help bring P04 under control but only for a short period as it will strip out the P04 giving nothing for the N03 to bind to and be skimmed out. Nopox/Vodka are food for nitrifying bacteria which introduces and healthy balance of bacteria for N03 reduction. The key when carbon dosing is good skimming.
  13. Without a doubt I'm in
  14. Guys I thought I would give you a quick review of Ultra Aquatics after calling in today for the first time. @ Ultra Aquatics Well lets start of with location and placement. Its approximately 60 miles from Manchester - a quick run down the M56 then the A483 6 miles further down another A road and your there. Took me a little under 90 mins to get home to Rochdale. Positioning- A little tricky to find once you are on the estate but aren't they all. Carl and Jo assured me they are working on a few finger posts giving directions in. The shop Appearance - Guys this is a great place very neat and tidy- a lot of thought gone into the lay out. Very colourful and tasteful Dry goods on the back wall and by the counter. Tanks (for sale) on the wall facing you as you walk in. Coral tables central to the shop (ill come back to these) Fish on the entrance wall Ro water and salted water in IBC'c by the counter- they are using RSCP for the salted water and displaying the analysis from the Red Sea Batch checker. Salts and additives - large range of goodies including my personal favourite a FULL compliment of Red Sea Program. A massive range of fragging tools and cutters. Their own display tank is a Reefer which is clean and crisp but still a work in progress as they are still only 5-6 months open. Coral tables consist of separate tables of SPS LPS and softies. 8 tanks in total if i remember correctly and each tank is around 6x2 10" deep. Again all very clean and tidy. Fish and invert tanks again very crisp and tidy. Carl and Jo are very welcoming and friendly people and make a fantastic cup of coffee. In summary very clean tidy and well laid out shop with plenty of goodies for all !!!! The live stock again plenty to choose from and all healthy and very well priced. Like i have said this is a new business and in the process of building up, if what I have seen today is any indication of where they are heading it will be one of the top places in the North West. Defiantly worth a trip out and have a look for your selves.
  15. I have always said 10x but you won't be a million miles off Unless you plan to "T" off to reactors ?