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    Morning all,

    2 part questions here:

    I just want to find out how you guys are handling water changes with the current water restrictions in cape town?

    Any tips?

    Also - do you think the water is still safe to use from the faucet?
    I am still doing my weekly water changes, and prepping water about 3 days in advance, however i am concerned - is it safe to use for the tanks?

    I had a big die off of fish about 3 weeks ago, but nothing since then. Just concerned,

    Live in durbanville.

    Thanks


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    If you are not dosing EI you can stretch your water change to every two weeks.
     
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    I've resorted to 2-3 week wc's. EI. Dosing week one and nothing for the following two. Plants are surviving
     
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    Ditto, I do mine every 2 weeks. Canister filter once a month because the filter floss gets really dirty. I really need to install a sponge to the intake so that I don't have to clean the canister out every month.
     
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    Make a still to recycle your water? All you need is sunlight and some tubing and plastic/glass bottles to store the water in.

    If you are not doing, the main issue is increasing NO3- and decreasing pH. Ethanol dosing can help keep the NO3- down and the pH up. See http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2008-08/nftt/ .
     
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    Vodka dosing!
    (Carbon dosing)
     
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    we now on level 4b in cape town...things not looking good.
     
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    Better start collecting that rainwater fellas
     
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    What rainwater? :)
     
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    We had a bit, every bit helps though
     
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    Solar stills! Recycle the fishtank, bathtub, etc... water.

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    Get a big drum (metal) and place a bucket in the middle of it. When the bucket is full replace it with an empty one. Store up the water for BIG water changes or just do little ones each day.
     
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