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Old 09-02-2011, 08:58 PM   #1111
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What I did. And it worked for me on several occasions.. I have a dc to ac power port that I plug in to my car and just run an extention cord out to it... I picked it up for 30 dollars at wally world.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:35 PM   #1112
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What I did. And it worked for me on several occasions.. I have a dc to ac power port that I plug in to my car and just run an extention cord out to it... I picked it up for 30 dollars at wally world.
That would work when I'm home. I have one in my truck too. Forgot bout using it here, I use i on the road to charge my phone and stuff.

Found a my "shopping cart" lol, was in marine depot.

They want 59.99 for a phosphate tester plus shipping (order isn't over 175.00 for free shipping).

Affordable Aquatic Supplies wants 49.50 for the same one. (4.95 flat shipping for all orders over 75.00)

Foster & Smith over 200.00 (YIKES) for some other kind, they don't have same one.

Bulk Reef Supply 49.99, IDK shipping.

So was just doing some comparing with different items and prices. Not going to do anymore on this right now.

I'm either going to order from Bulk Reef Supply or Marine Depot (though higher, have heard people order from their but have not seen any one order from Affordable Aquatic Supplies)......However am gonna wait a bit to see how HumaHuma's Group Order is gonna pan out cause if it does, then I will go that route.

So anyone out there need anything go to HumaHuma's Thread and put your name in to order.
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Old 09-02-2011, 09:56 PM   #1113
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Carey started a new thread for the group buy under equipment.
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:00 PM   #1114
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Carey started a new thread for the group buy under equipment.

Got it already, thanks, done deal, gave her info woohoo!!!!! I love my SW Mommie lol
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Old 09-02-2011, 10:10 PM   #1115
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Now that I have "livestock" I need to get on some kind of routine (that's why I want software, to keep me in check and I do not want to make spreadsheet stuff, I want to just be a user - LOL)

So Aquarix lost out, as after I entered information, it appears it is for freshwater. If I had freshwater, I'd kept using it.

So now I am gonna test out (if I can AquaTrax and AquarioGest).

Diatom Bloom:

I believe this is what I have going on. After being on forum and researching a few months I'm pretty sure. I've read that Diatoms are good (too a degree) and they eat nitrates, so if the Diatoms were gone, then my nitrates would be high. Sooo I'm needing to clean my fluval I think and my emperor. I also need to vacuum but .....here ya go....I don't know how. I have a syphon thing for filling tank and emptying when I first got my set up but I don't want to use the faucet and empty my tank (besides last time I used it it blew off my faucet and just pretty much flooded my bathroom).

So anyone want to clue me in on this?

Also used my Thumb Abusing Ph Tester and Ph shows 8.7 YIKES. I need to run all tests tonite and vacuum, but if I loose water while vacuuming, then I need to mix some up and add it and then WAIT and then do tests right?
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:23 AM   #1116
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Doing my first Calcium and KH/Alk test using Salifert.

So far instructions are a tad confusing. Gotta go to web and kinda sort it out. After I do it a few times, I know it will be embedded in the brain.

Finally my Ammonia is showing true zero. It is actually YELLOW!!!! Woohoo , Nitrite is 0 and Nitrate is 40 :-(, going to do a pwc tonite anyway), also going to be seeing how to do maintenance on my fluval and my emperor, so that all will help, plus i still have to vacuum out the tank. I was afraid of losing water for that but I already have di water made so I just need to mix up and replace what I syphon out for my pwc
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Old 09-03-2011, 12:40 AM   #1117
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Wow, I thought this was very helpful, so am posting it for others who may need a little more help on Salifert Calicium Tests.

Salifert Ca Test Kit - Podcast Episode 68
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:56 AM   #1118
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Ok, so my Calcium is 400 and my KH/Alkalinity is 2.02 meq/L (5.6 dKH), rather low from what I've read.

Still gonna do my maintenance and pwc before I worry about any of my test results. I wanted to see them before I did maintenance and pwc so I can see what the difference of doing these brings.

My Coco, Elegance and Orange Eye are doing good. I have located my crab, peppermint shrimp and fire shrimp. I have also found my snails (though I don't know which is which LOL). I have not seen my Scarlet Red Crab today but I haven't looked real hard in the "deep holes" of the rock yet. Everyone else was close enough to the "entrance" of their caves that I was able to see them without a flashlight.

Now time to, try to figure out if my water changer syphon thing can be used as a vacuum.

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Old 09-03-2011, 02:43 AM   #1119
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Yep, your ca and alk are a bit low. Calcium should be up to 450 and I have always kept my alkalinity at about 10, but it's been dropping to the 7.0 area. A good water change should get your numbers up.

Wish I had been on before, the saliferts look complicated but after awhile it just seems so much easier. I think I'm gonna get an ammonia test from them too, I;d love to know I def have 0 ammonia, with api its not always clear if its greenish or yellowish lol
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Since you both are talking about the Hanna Checkers - what do you both feel is the best one to get 1st?
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