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Old 02-04-2014, 06:01 PM   #2151
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I had to plow last night, and again tonight. The guy I plow for said "be ready for about midnight". Nothing worse than that for me....I can't sleep early. I guess I'll be doing some sleeping in the truck

I emailed a company ( St. Louis Testing Laboratories ) about testing the water for the major elements, and they sent me back this-

Hello Doug

SLTL can test for most of the major ions listed for a cost of $300,

This would include an anion scan (chloride, fluoride, bromide, sulfate) and a cation scan (potassium, sodium, calcium, aluminum, iron, copper, lead,-- about 30 elements total ).

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Saint Louis, MO 63103
(314)531-8080

Ouch!
...is that blue eyed blonde In the white smock included ? Wow,..that would buy a lot of beer
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Old 02-04-2014, 06:07 PM   #2152
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Agreed. I'd have to be entertained by her for 4 hours or so before I forked over 3 bills...lol.
this is a different company though....another link on the first page when i googled "water testing".
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Water testing is expensive. I remember getting our spring water testing to find out how bad the fecal count was since the corn field above it was leaching into our water...still is in my mind and I won't drink it. Though I think that this is all about knowing someone. Just wishing I still had friends in the chem lab back at college...they did this kinda stuff all the time.
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That's what I'm looking into. Our conservation department is one of the best in the nation. I know a guy and he can point me where the water testing lab is.

$300 is pretty high, even if it includes dinner with the blond. I will not comment more to stay politically correct. I guess it's expensive to run a sample thru a gas chromatograph. Although even that might not track all the ions you want tested.
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As my continued 4th day off work due to the weather goes on, I stumbled upon this and thought about you Dary. Don't know if this is something you'd do, but def made me want to check in on things and the tank. How are things going?
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As my continued 4th day off work due to the weather goes on, I stumbled upon this and thought about you Dary. Don't know if this is something you'd do, but def made me want to check in on things and the tank. How are things going?
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Although I'm not a big fan of pirate ships,anchors,mermaids etc in tanks This bottle thing was interesting to say the least,...I know that livestock and prob corals too would love the use of a bottle as a home,... I remember catching and seeing people snag a bottle or tin can while fishing and 9 times outa 10 they'd be an octopus or mantis shrimp et.c that had taken up residence there.
I deffinatly could come up with an old ( or new wine bottle) to try it out in the sump first.,... Other than that nothing really going on tank wise , a few corals doing amazingly well while others seem to just hang on,.. Just life as normal here.
The only thing that I even really think about is having my brother watch my tank for 10-11 days while we go to Hawaii next month,..but over the years it's become rather bullet proof as long as he checks the ATO water it should be fine,.,BUT , it's still just something that you worry about while you're away :-/
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We all worry brother. It'll be fine, I'm sure with all the tips you old timers have taken to this reef or that reef that your brother has watched the tank before.
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We all worry brother. It'll be fine, I'm sure with all the tips you old timers have taken to this reef or that reef that your brother has watched the tank before.
I think I'd sleep better at nite having a setup like Greg has that has a camera on the tank that you can access from your phone or computer whenever you wanted to check on things,.... But in my case maybe just ordering another cold one would help
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Dary, these cameras are a snap to set up. Hit your Best Buy and for less than $100 you'll be good to go. You need an internet connection at home to make it work, but it's pretty simple. Call me or my son and we can walk you thru it.
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Dary's tank!

A hundred dollars will buy a lot of cold ones ( even in Hawaii ).... One day ill prob set things up like you have., but for the time being ill just have to make do with what i got.... Cold ones !!!
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