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Old 08-21-2009, 03:59 PM   #291
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Don't have an RO unit.. (refrain from saying I need one, I know I do.)

It's just tap water that's had time to "settle out" so to speak. I saw a video of a guy that filled the tank with (carbon filtered) tap water, added salt to the tank, let it mix for a few days, then added LR and sand and so far the tank looks pretty good to me.
thats how i set up my first salewater tank.
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:17 PM   #292
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Some areas have really junk water...High in nitrates and PO3 and then they find themselfs playing catch up while fighting hair algae and cyano outbreaks. If your water is not half bad it should be okay. As a general rule I have to layout the textbook way of setting a tank up. We all know that more then likely most of us will not have all or need all the items for a "proper" setup. That's what makes reefing so much fun...so many ways to do the same thing. XD
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Old 08-21-2009, 09:37 PM   #293
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Some areas have really junk water...High in nitrates and PO3 and then they find themselfs playing catch up while fighting hair algae and cyano outbreaks. If your water is not half bad it should be okay. As a general rule I have to layout the textbook way of setting a tank up. We all know that more then likely most of us will not have all or need all the items for a "proper" setup. That's what makes reefing so much fun...so many ways to do the same thing. XD
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We're dealing with some cyano even though we use RO/DI and have a lot of flow. It's best to keep tap water out of the system IMO. Of course, you can always use phosphate remover or other chemical media to remove some of the bad stuff.
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Some areas have really junk water...High in nitrates and PO3 and then they find themselfs playing catch up while fighting hair algae and cyano outbreaks. If your water is not half bad it should be okay. As a general rule I have to layout the textbook way of setting a tank up. We all know that more then likely most of us will not have all or need all the items for a "proper" setup. That's what makes reefing so much fun...so many ways to do the same thing. XD
As one aquarist once said "there's the right way, the wrong way, and the other way."

xD

I'll see what happens, I plan to get phosban and some sort of nitrate absorbing thing..
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Update:

I GOT SAND!

lol not too happy about it, but still. The guy at the store was cool but the manager would only give me 30 bucks for my light. It's brand new in box!! >_<

Oh well, 30 bucks is 30 bucks.

I'll get some pics up later.
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Old 08-21-2009, 11:13 PM   #296
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rolf how many lb of sand u got? LS?
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Eh, like I said, not too happy but somethings better than nothing. lol its a 40lb bag of "live" sand. It was actually cheaper/lb than dry aragonite. (figure that out O_o)

I'll probably get another 20lbs from Petsmart when I get a coupon.

I'm not sure if I should put the sand in, seeing as it has "bacteria" that only live in salt water.. xD It looks like dry sand to me though. Anyone have any thoughts? Should I just wait till I get salt?
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yes, they need salt water, so wait till u get salt.
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I just ask because I don't really see it as being "live" sand, so it shouldn't really matter. lol
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Thats what I asked them too, they said its still live sand, its still have bacteria in it.
don't kill them LOL
doesn't hurt u just put aside and wait for the salt, but it will hurt u if u pay $40 for live sand but kill the bacteria.
rolf~ I will share some salt if u live close to me LOL
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