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Old 02-19-2011, 10:43 AM   #21
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The other ballast is fine.

The rock has remained submerged, so when I add all fresh water to the freshly rinsed sand and the existing rock, I should be fine once everything settles down? Obviously I will check the parameters before adding livestock, but are there any spikes I should be concerned about?
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:48 AM   #22
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There is a small part of one of the rocks that is not submerged, it doesn't fit in the bucket. You can see it in the picture, but all the rest of it is sealed and submerged in 5 gallon buckets.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:52 AM   #23
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yes, take the ballast to an electric supply house and have them match it up for you. should be a cheap fix. btw, power compacts are not very efficient, and the bulbs are expensive. you might want to just toss that fixture too, and get something better.
i wouldn't worry about the little bit of rock exposed. just the same though, test the water for a week or so for A, N, and N.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:56 AM   #24
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Thanks for all of your advice, I appreciate it. I am going to buy some salt and sand today, start all fresh. Would you recommend scrubbing the rock or just knocking as much detritus as possible while it is submerged in the buckets? I promise no more questions after this, haha.
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i would just shake it off...how does it look? is it engulfed in algae, or just a lot of soot on it? if it's covered with hair algae, i would scrub as much off as i could. i might even "cook" the rock for a couple months instead of using it right away (this means putting it in a bin with water, heater, and power heads and blocking out all light).
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:28 AM   #26
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There isn't a lot of algae, surprisingly enough. Just a lot of food waste, etc...
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then just shake the heck out of it in the old water and put it in the tank.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:41 AM   #28
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Cool, I have 60 lbs of white sand on hold at the LFS, that's all they had in stock at the moment. So I am going to pick that up, I will post pics tonight, hopefully I will have the tank up and running, minus one of my ballast. I will have to live with one for now.
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:52 AM   #29
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I lied about the one last question, how do I know if the old bio balls are still good?
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Old 02-19-2011, 11:53 AM   #30
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Also, can you buy replacement parts for lighting ballast? I can't find a manufacture anywhere, but the fan is making a lot of noise and jamming up, it still powers the lights though. Here are some pictures.
If you have problems finding a suitable fan, that fan looks like a computer fan. Might be possible to find them online.
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