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RO water, saltwater aquariums -

In the saltwater aquarium hobby, you may hear people talk about “R.O. water,” but might not be sure why people use it. R.O. is short for reverse osmosis filtration and is used to top-off water that has evaporated from the tank, or for mixing new saltwater with.    In the saltwater aquariums, we strive to have ideal water quality with proper filtration, but if you use water straight from the tap, you may end up fighting a losing battle. Water conditioner can detoxify the chlorine, but there’s much more in tap water that’s harmful to sensitive marine life.    Water...

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Saltwater, saltwater aquariums, Sump -

Here’s sumpthing to talk about, why would you want a sump for an aquarium? With the right kind of hang-on-the-back filters, you can successfully run a saltwater aquarium, but sumps do have their advantages. Sumps increase the total water volume of your system, which helps stabilize fluctuations in temperature and chemistry. Sumps give more room for equipment like protein skimmers, phosphate reactors, and biological filtration while keeping them out of view of the display tank. Also, when the water flows down into the sump, it becomes more aerated. Sumps make it easy to add a freshwater auto top off system so the...

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