Discussion in 'Marine Depot' started by MarineDepot, Aug 8, 2017.
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No more water changes?
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I'd be interested in knowing how this system will handle the build up of elements that are NOT used up naturally and keep building up as food and detritus continues to process to final stages.
I've always done water changes more to lower elements not consumed than to build up ones that are consumed.
@rayjay This is something I have pondered myself about the different methods of maintaining a tank without water changes.
What it boils down to is what elements or compounds are you referring too?
Science has not yet discovered all of the roles these various elements play in a corals biology and I think aquarists like us are on the forefront of discovering these sorts of things. I am just as eager to learn and see what the future holds.
-Robert @ MD
Sorry, but I no longer remember all the elemental build up that occurs.
My thoughts stemmed from articles on RC about 16-17 yrs ago when someone then (one of their specialists forums of the time with professionals like Randy Holmes-Farley and others) undertook sampling tank water from may sources and found that very many elements were increasing in amounts, some drastically and in short periods of time, others slowly over longer periods of time.
All I remember now is that some of those elements (in multiple compounds) were thought to be problematic for reef tanks as levels increased.
Sorry I don't remember more but at 74 and with Mild Cognitive Impairment I find it hard to remember a lot of things now.
Just further thinking now, I believe it was on the RC forum of a Marine Biologist whose name still evades me.
@rayjay Thanks for commenting here and I think this is the exact sort of thing that will be more closely studied and observed in the coming years by scientists. The good news is we now have a way to accurately and affordably measure and study the effects in our home aquariums. Sharing these experiences and findings with the aquarium community is exactly the sort of thing that drives scientists to do such studies.
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