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Old 09-21-2011, 10:43 AM   #11
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Whatever one you like. The "live" sand in a bag is just a gimmick in my opinion, but if you like the texture and color buy it. I used live sand only because I wanted the fiji pink stuff and it happened to be "live". if you go with live sand, dont rinse it but if you get the regular aragonite or anything else make sure you rinse it very very well. it will cut down on the cloudines you'll get.
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how in the world do i rinse sand?
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:55 AM   #13
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LOl. I used the pillow case method one time, just put it in an old pillowcase and rinse in the tub or outside with a garden hose.
I also last time used a bucket, pout some sand in, added water and just kept dumping the water until the water runs clear.

takes some time but with your size tank it shouldnt be that bad.

I had to rinse 250!!! lbs of sand, took me hours to do it too LOL
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just a guess, how long should cycling take, also, i should put the reef/live rock in before the cycle right?
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:02 AM   #15
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Yep, put as much live rock as you can and the base rock too. It will help your cycle. It could take a week or 4 it all depends. I like ammonia dosing to cycle, gives me more control.

Juts make sure you have a test kit, preferably the API saltwater master kit as you will NEED it for cycling properly.

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when i start cycling i will have very frequent questions
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And you will get answers. No worries.

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i will be using the dead shrimp method
also, will the test kit show salinity
if i am planing fish and coral, what should salinity be
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You'll need a tester for salinity also. I use a refractometer, really really easy device and here is the link. I keep mine at 1.025 for corals and inverts, fish as well.

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what does a refractor do
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