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Hello all, I recently purchased an Oasis tank and have had it up and running for about a month and a half now. Everything has been going pretty well so far, but I’ve been unsure about a couple things. One is the peroxide, currently at night I’ve been brining h2o2 levels up to 200ppm but I’m going through peroxide like crazy. When I achieve 200ppm the next morning peroxide is down to about 100ppm. I’m having to add about 9oz of 35% peroxide a day which seems like a lot to me, as I’ve heard some only use up to 4oz per day. Which leads me to my next question in regards to running the UV system. Currently I run my UV around 4 times a day for about an hour of total run time and my pump every two hours. I’m just wondering if there’s a need to run the UV system as much as I am if I’m the only one floating in the tank. If so how often do you guys run your UV system, aside from having clients that have just finished floating. I appreciate any feedback or advice. Thanks, Josh P

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If you are testing your h2o2 and it is at 200ppm (which is high), and it drops down to unreadable, there is something in the tank that it is working to get rid of. Since it is only you floating, I highly doubt it is just the oils from you. There could be some other organic matter, but UV helps to oxidize that.

Is the UV bulb new? If not, you may need to replace it.
Did you completely clean before installing?
Can you verify the water is moving when the pump is on?

Try two more things. Bring h2o2 up to 400ppm (be sure to test. Use these test stripshttps://www.amazon.com/Macherey-Nagel-91333-Quantofix-Peroxide-Strips/dp/B00S1UL7XU/

Run the pump only enough to mix the h2o2 then let sit. Take note if the solution bubbles. If you are finding it is still dropping, bring up to 400 again and add 2 cups of white vinegar. If there is bacteria that has biofilm, this will eat it so the h2o2 can kill it.

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Hello Kane sorry for the late reply, Im currently waiting for my peroxide reagents to arrive as they should be here today. The water Is moving while pump is running yes. I should mention I bought the tank used from a centre that was selling it. I had messaged the previous owner a few days ago asking about when the UV bulbs were last changed. To which she replied they were last changed in 2016. I just ordered new bulbs as well as a quartz tube, so I’m hoping this does the trick. When the bulbs get here I will shock the solution after installation to kill off any bacteria. Just wanted to say thanks for the great response, it is much appreciated.

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Hi Josh and Kane,

I read this thread, Josh, and was wondering if you resolved the issue.

Kane, I'm also wondering if the vinegar treatment is something that you'd recommend once or twice per solution as a maintenance approach in a residential application. I haven't done it before, but after two years of the current solution in my home (1-3 floats/week) I'm hoping to extend my current solution a few more months before changing it out. It's had stable levels of hydrogen peroxide, pH, etc., and I've only had one solution in ten years that I've had any trouble maintaining hydrogen peroxide levels, which I interpreted as the signal to change out the solution. PH bounce was the other signal I've used, but if you have any other suggestions beyond those metrics (peroxide consumption and pH bounce), Kane, I'd appreciate your recommendations in addition to the vinegar question.

Thanks, James

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James, for home use, it is possible to maintain solution indefinitely (aside from adding more Epsom as it gets taken out).

For home use, I would recommend only adding vinegar if you are having issues with stabilizing h2o2. If h2o2 is dropping quickly, there is something in the tank it is trying to get rid of.



With your solution, if you keep h2o2 stable, filter regularly, shock when necessary, add a flocculant (it binds small particles to make them bigger to be filtered out), and clean/change your filter regularly, you should be able to keep your solution in perpetuity. I could keep solution at my center for years and they saw 8-12 floats a day by people who often didn't shower well.
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