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Illah

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Well this weekend is it. I'm finally gonna be putting my water together! Tubing comes tomorrow, pump on Friday, and I just finished midterms so all my teachers pretty much gave me no homwork.

Just one final question as my situation is rather unique as far as I can tell.

I got a 4' bong growing out of a 20 gallon aquarium that'll be used as a res. I don't feel like describing my whole deal right now, once it's all put together the pics will speak for themselves :) Anyways, with such a large res and a system that's open to the air I'm gonna have the funk growing in my res in like three days!

So what should I do about that? Someone mentioned bleach, but I need to strike a fine balance between germ-killingness and a nasty chemical smell all over my apartment.

And if you could please suggest additive amounts in PPG (parts per gallon). I doubt I'll be filling the res to the brim all the time.

Suggest away! Thanks!

--Illah
 

sneakyfart

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Klownin79 is reffering to is called "Blue Magic" unlike water-wetter it wont change the color of the water or stink it up.
 
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Illah

Illah

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That blue magic seems best for my needs. I live in downtown SF and the nearest pet store is way out. Any ideas as to where to get it?

--Illah
 
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Illah

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Actually almost every place online has free shipping, so it's not an issue really. Plus even if it takes a few days for it to get here I don't think my setup will insta-mutate into a reef or anything :)

Any other suggestions before I order?

--Illah
 

Diggrr

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I've been wanting to try Listerine (Listermint) for that minty fresh bong. 1/8 tsp per gallon. Definately non-toxic too.
I used bleach, and actually liked the clean fresh smell, but at clean out time, I got tired of flushing it before adding CLR, so I didn't send up any poison vapor clouds....bleach+acid=bad.

Eurethromyiacin <sp?) looks like the best choice though. Probably worth a drive to go get it from the petshop.
 

TheGhengisKhan

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I'm using stuff called bromide concentrate. It's mainly used for swimming pools, and is sold at any pool-supply store. just a little aroma, but it's not unpleasant. the smell from my bong reminds me of those long summer days, going to the pool. :D
 
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Illah

Illah

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Any of you guys got tips for the foam from the Blue Magic? I used about a 1/2-3/4 oz. within a res that's filled to about 12+ gallons right now and it's foaming up all the time.

--Illah
 
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Illah

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I swear I'm thinking of switching over. This stuff has raised my temps ~1C too, probably from little micro-bubbles in the lines. The soft trinkle I had before now sounds like a soapy washing machine.

How much bleach per gallon of water do you use? Does it smell all chemicaly? This stuff smells nice but the foam...

--Illah