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Old 09-20-2011, 04:36 PM   #1211
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Yep that's me, so much to do and so little time. yes it has two screws but what would I screw it to LOL. I don't see how this is a HOB if I have to screw to my tank/stand or to the wall. Nope don't want to do that. Not drilling/cutting/walls. I don't mind the ceiling cause I can alway hang a plant if the tank gets moved.

Oh well, off to buy some plexiglass, chain link and a few eyebolts for my Light Hanger. Besides I need an in ice cream cone before too much cold weather sets in.

Salt is mixing and heating up. From what I read, the salt I bought says for 50 gallons but only does about 30 if I'm lucky. Hmmm. Plus there's no "guidelines" for mixing. So we'll add a few and test and keep going that way. Not gonna test til temp is up though.

Then to do a pwc. While getting stuff for Light Hanger gonna look and see what I can find to hold this reactor on the tank without damaging or modifying anything. Dang what happened to plug and play LOL.

Will update late with how far I got with what.

Wish me luck LOL
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:39 PM   #1212
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Good luck with your adventure! an ice cream sounds pretty fantastic right now. lol

The salt should be about a half cup per gallon and should get you to 1.022 if I'm not mistaken. I've gotten and "eye" when adding salt to get to 1.025, its kinda just a rounded half cup...hard to explain but you'll figure it out I;m sure.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:41 PM   #1213
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Yeah that's the good And the bad about online forums like these, you meet so many interesting people but none of them are next door to help or be helped. And all we can say is wow that's a lot on your plate, good luck.
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:55 PM   #1214
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Take a standard sized container and add salt until you are shy of the salinity you want. Note how many cups it took to get there. Then I use my refractometer to add salt a little at a time to get precisely the value I want. For me, it is 40 gallons of water at .025, so that is 10 cups of salt, then I add 2 more slowly as I test. I don't like to just dump pre-measured salt into water as you can end up with salinity too high or too low.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:00 PM   #1215
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Yep, use your refractometer after you've mixed with the first load of salt to fine tune it to your salinity that you want.

I've gotten quite good I must say at figuring it out. I was just a tad short earlier on my pwc bucket of saltwater for my cube I'm gonna use today, and the refractometer was key in zoning in the right salinity.
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:10 PM   #1216
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I do 5 gal PWC once a week for my 45. As soon as I am done I start mixing my water for next weeks. I go with 2.5 half cups and let it stir for a day or two then check it to fine tune it. That way I have a couple days left to tinker if I need to get it just right. LOL
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Old 09-20-2011, 05:44 PM   #1217
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I do 5 gal PWC once a week for my 45. As soon as I am done I start mixing my water for next weeks. I go with 2.5 half cups and let it stir for a day or two then check it to fine tune it. That way I have a couple days left to tinker if I need to get it just right. LOL
It does seem to take a while for the salinity to settle down after mixing salt. At least a few hours before you can get a real positive test.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:56 PM   #1218
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Thanks for all the input. I generally use 1/2 cup per gal. I cut it short about 2 cups though and then test and slowly add. It's been mixing about 2 1/2 hours now, I'll be testing soon. Gosh I'm tired and sore lol. Long weekend, not enough umph to do much. Definitely not doing anything that requires strength or much energy.

@Carey yep ice cream was good.

Went to store, got everything I need (I think) to finish my Light Hanger, bought some acrylic for the sump and guess what? Got home and found I left the 2 sheets of acrylic at the store, yep I'm tired. So called them up and am just gonna pick it up tomorrow when I go to petco or petsmart and try to find some aquarium safe silicone. I couldn't believe I couldn't find any at Home Depot.

So black chain from corners to center of light and mixed there with cable to go up and through pulley. Yep, gonna be sweet. Hmmm gotta find a crank yet though.
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Old 09-20-2011, 07:59 PM   #1219
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Oh yeah, gonna figure out that reactor and get it installed tonite too. Matter of fact gonna start on that now.
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If you or Carey want a LED panel, I am upgrading. My SPS load is increasing and I am upgrading to a more powerful LED as my central light. Leaves me with a 120 watt panel left over. About the equivalent of a 250 watt MH. 2/3 are white and 1/3 are blue, I think there are 130 1 watt LEDs. Pretty simple fixture, just on and off. Has been used about 2000 hours, roughly 48,000 hours left. I will keep it for a frag tank if one of you guys don't need it. PM me if you are interested.
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