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Pierce
01/04/2008, 07:15 AM
Recently picked up an ozonizer. How important is it to run the discharge water thru carbon? I have the ozonizer plugged into my protein skimmer.
Also, what is residual ozone and why is it bad.

Randy Holmes-Farley
01/04/2008, 07:38 AM
Some folks do not do it, but I think it is important. I discuss the reasons in these articles:

Ozone and the Reef Aquarium, Part 1: Chemistry and Biochemistry
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-03/rhf/index.php

Ozone and the Reef Aquarium, Part 2: Equipment and Safety
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-04/rhf/index.php

Ozone and the Reef Aquarium, Part 3: Changes in a Reef Aquarium upon Initiating Ozone
http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2006-05/rhf/index.php

Billybeau1
01/05/2008, 01:04 AM
Although the life of ozone is short lived in salt water, it can get into the tank if not properly protected.

When I first started using ozone years ago, I thought "no it can't get into the tank.", and did not protect the output with carbon.

Well, I cooked a flame angel because of my stupidity.

I still use ozone today but have the output of the skimmer protected with carbon as well as the top of the skimmer to protect my family. :)

Randy's articles shed much light on how to properly and safely use ozone. I suggest you read them twice. :D