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  1. That’s what I did. I had a nice new tank and didn’t want to trade it in for a beat up one. That’s why I went to Bud. After a few years of salt on it, I’m not as married to a container plus it’s pretty much tucked away where it’s difficult to see. Thanks for the info guys. I actually had a scheduled surgery the day after getting the tank swapped. Having the calcium reactor stop working that close to being away from home is stress I didn’t need. Luckily it all worked out!! So again, thank you.
  2. I need to renew my membership then
  3. Thanks Piper! The Stirling location is actually closer then Buds. I'll check it out
  4. It seems that Bars By Bud is now gone! Not only was it a well priced place to refill my CO2 tank but Bud was a really nice guy with whom I always cracked a joke or 2 during my fills. Sucks to see the place go. Anyone know of alternatives?
  5. Zoas are starting to interfere w/my SPS. I would probably love something to get rid of them at this point!
  6. Well said! That reply should be a sticky
  7. They last me a bit longer but yeah they are $$. You can ask spectrapure why you’re burning through them so quickly. I know there are cases where CO2 / cloramines can prematurely cause filters to die. They can trouble shoot. Spectrapure sells a co2 test kit I am about to use myself.
  8. I don’t have a prefilter. It’s the regular spectrapure setup for the maxcap. I have a .5 sediment, carbon, mega maxcap roughing, and enduro on the bottom 4. It’s this: http://spectrapure.com/Mega-MaxCap-90-GPD-RO-DI-System-Manual-Flush-w-Mega-MaxCap-DI I don’t need or use a prefilter.
  9. I have their Maxcap and have just recently replaced the silica buster w/the even more expensive enduro. It seems to be working great but in all honesty I was thinking of switching over to BRS media for my next refill. In your case, I would have to say, if it aint broke, dont fix it. In my case, it's about the $. There are threads out there proclaiming that the spectrapure filters last longer but I would be interested to see if that's actually true in my case.
  10. Boiling water. I actually got rid of 100% of all my aptasia. Took a while but I somehow won the war. I would only see 1 or 2 pop up at any one time. Sometimes in the gavel, but usually in my rocks. I know the rock they came in on so I removed that rock in spite of being a cool cave for my fish. Then I purchased a large plastic syringe. This one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00P90N3BY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's HUGE. IF you do this, be VERY VERY careful. You can burn yourself very easily. First, I put some RODI tubing at the end of clear hose which came w/the syringe. It allowed for a more directed stream. Boil water in a container and carefully suck it up into the syringe. Quickly fire it into the target before it cools off. Soon as the hose goes into the water, it begins to cool very rapidly so you want to be careful 1) not to burn yourself, corals, or critters. 2) fire into the anem. The cool thing about this procedure is that it burns it completely off the rock. Sometimes you can even see the little son of a gun's corpse float away an suck it back up in the tube. PLEASE be careful if doing this.
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  12. I’ve always worried about mine. It’s HUGE. I had an electric blue leg hermit that would ravage my coralline algae but it eventually died.
  13. Not really sure but I noticed my TDS went from 0 to 1 so I changed all 4 cartridges on the maxcap. Recently, the whole system seemed to seize and stop producing water so I replaced everything. Nothing "looked" dirty so I was baffled by that one. I've also had 3 faucets needing replacement due to seizing.
  14. I've been blowing through my filters Spectrapure filters a little more than I think is normal. Maybe I'm wrong b/c my tap TDS is usually well below 200 which seems pretty good. Having said that, I've had 3 pin hole leaks in my copper pipes. The house isnt THAT old (1986). Does anyone recommend a kit for testing the tap water? I'm considering getting a whole house filter to remove chloramines and hardness but I want to make sure I get the right system. Any recommendations on that too?
  15. "The system advertises a 2:1 waste:product ratio, but that's only if your tap water hardness is below 180 mg/L. " That's great info Jon! I need to test my water. I dont trust the Fairfax #s b/c I know we have hard water. Wondering if that is the reason for the occasional pinhole leaks.
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