AIR QUALITY. I'M TALKING ABOUT AIR QUALITY IN AND AROUND OUR TANKS

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I'm talking about the the air! Today or tonight really. This is one of those things I've always been concerned about, but never really addressed head on, other than to add a massive carbon filter to my ventilator and a little DIY form of this to my fresh air that feeds my skimmer. Oh, and a little air purifier up there. OK, now that I think about it, yes! I guess I have been a bit more aggressive (paranoid) about this than I thought. But what I am really wondering is, is it all necessary or just in my head?

12" round Carbon Block on my HRV.
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I mean can "stuff", as in potential pollutants, coming in the air tonight, get in the water enough to cause actual problems to the extent that we’d want to remove it from the air before it did?



Fresh air skimmer intake carbon and dust filter
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I will stay this. I love my neighbor. We lucked out when we moved here. But, he has this way of slow burning a heaping pile of wet leaves mixed with a mushy black walnut mulm, that smolders for at least two weeks every year. Drives me absolutely crazy, and was the primary reason I got the carbon block on the HRV line to the room to begin with. Oh, that and they love to cover the ground with mothballs under their camper that sits literally right outside the intake of my HRV. Also drives me incredibly nuts. if you'll bear with the pun.


But again, is this worry warranted in any way? Can smoke and noxious mothball air have any affect on water quality, either by way of infusion through the skimmer of surface exchange? Something I've been quietly paranoid about for years and wanting to get some thoughts or opinions on. what do you guys think? We spend a lot of time worrying about water quality. Should we be focusing at all on the air around the tanks much or no?
 

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I use carbon on my outside skimmer airline and then eventually stopped using carbon and never saw a difference. I do turn my skimmer off if there is a large amount of smoke near my intake.

However, if my livelihood depended on me keeping corals alive I would absolutely take every precaution.
 
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100% should be. My tank is in a 1br apt and whenever I use the oven or stove top or even have people over or am there myself vs leave the place empty the PH swings wildly. If CO2 has such a noticeable effect, I'm sure other airborne elements do as well
yeah this is what I think too. seems like if it's in the air, then it's going to get in the water in some form. maybe some folks much smarter than me can chime in on solubility of airborne "stuff" and things of this nature?
 
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I use carbon on my outside skimmer airline and then eventually stopped using carbon and never saw a difference. I do turn my skimmer off if there is a large amount of smoke near my intake.

However, if my livelihood depended on me keeping corals alive I would absolutely take every precaution.
I hear you. I am over paranoid about anything even remotely harmful in this regard.

My other neighbor across the street has an older pick up truck with a Diesel engine as a project he sometimes works on. When it's running (He lets it run for hours) my vents or open windows pull that exhaust in all day and the whole room smells like diesel, if I don't turn the vents off or switch the carbon block, on which does help to some extent. Buy do these fumes really need to be worried about? I don't know. That's what I want to know.

Have I ever been able to correlate a direct effect in my systems to something in the air, I honestly don't think so, but the effects may not be immediate for all I know
 

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I hear you. I am over paranoid about anything even remotely harmful in this regard.

My other neighbor across the street has an older pick up truck with a Diesel engine as a project he sometimes works on. When it's running (He lets it run for hours) my vents or open windows pull that exhaust in all day and the whole room smells like diesel, if I don't turn the vents off or switch the carbon block, on which does help to some extent. Buy do these fumes really need to be worried about? I don't know. That's what I want to know.

Have I ever been able to correlate a direct effect in my systems to something in the air, I honestly don't think so, but the effects may not be immediate for all I know
Its not usually one event that kills the coral its a bunch of small stresses that take them out. Maybe you being paranoid is why battle-boxes are so great!
 
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Its not usually one event that kills the coral its a bunch of small stresses that take them out. Maybe you being paranoid is why battle-boxes are so great!

LOL yeah maybe! I am with you on the 2 or 3 punch progression that will inevitably take sps out though. seen it play out. too many times.

A little alk swing or some minor parameter quirk. Meh, not often huge issue. But, a little alk swing, and then maybe a temp spike, or a top off fluke. Followed by some unknown pollutant in the air, and that may be enough to do it.

Acro start looking off or peeling or whatever. And then inevitably you start throwing stuff at the wall trying to figure out what's causing it...

This is kind of the story of my life really. lol.
 

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Not exactly the same thing, but I can say I once battled a massive bacterial bloom in one of my tanks(white snot everywhere). Then one day I notice on the other side of the room one of these air fresheners that shoots out some good smelling spray every x minutes. I asked my wife when she put that up and it corresponded with when my problems started months before. That got unplugged and within a couple weeks the bacteria issues were gone.

Probably not proof of cause/effect if using the scientific method....but was enough proof that those things never allowed in my house anymore.
 
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Not exactly the same thing, but I can say I once battled a massive bacterial bloom in one of my tanks(white snot everywhere). Then one day I notice on the other side of the room one of these air fresheners that shoots out some good smelling spray every x minutes. I asked my wife when she put that up and it corresponded with when my problems started months before. That got unplugged and within a couple weeks the bacteria issues were gone.

Probably not proof of cause/effect if using the scientific method....but was enough proof that those things never allowed in my house anymore.
I have heard stories about this "white snot" you mention. I'll admit I have forbid any sort of air freshener or infuser or whatever in my house. scented candles even. lol I had to do do it. it's the paranoia an di do have a few wall mount heppa air purifiers in the house as well for good measure
 

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