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Old 07-17-2013, 12:19 PM   #21
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So every time I add a new coral will I have to turn them down and gradually turn them back up again?
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:45 PM   #22
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So every time I add a new coral will I have to turn them down and gradually turn them back up again?
Most people find a shady spot on the substrate to place them and then slowly move them to brighter and brighter places.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:24 PM   #23
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Wednesday and Thursday I started painting the background on and due to a heat wave we had here in Toronto, the humidity bubbled the paint and it looks terrible. Today I'm going to have to scrape it off. I'm really upset and hope it comes off easily. I think I'm going to try black gift wrap for the background instead. Less hassle. And cheaper. That was $4 of paint in the garbage.
Best way to remove krylon from the glass? I've heard a glass scraper or hot vinegar.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:51 PM   #24
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I would go with a dedicated aquarium background rather than gift paper. Water will eventually get on it and soak through. You'll have to replace it quite often.
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:34 PM   #25
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I'm currently taking the paint off with varsol. Seeing as how it's on the outside glass this should be okay right?
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #26
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So luckily I got all the paint off and am now going back to the drawing board for a background. No more paint for me. I always find that those vinyl backgrounds get bubbles and look terrible and they're very over priced. Any other suggestions for something plain black, cheap and easy to apply?
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Old 07-21-2013, 12:56 AM   #27
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You could change the color of your wall to black ^_^ But other than that, im out of ideas.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:23 AM   #28
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Here's a little update.

Starting fresh with a nice clean tank, I went to walmart and found a piece of foamy-cardboard like board stuff for $4 that I will be cutting to size and using as the background. I also went intending to buy some RO/DI or distilled water. Both were effing expensive so I left without it. They had that culligan machine which didnt specify TDS or that it was even RO. For all I know it can be filtered spring water. Anyways, it was $15 for the 19L jug and $3 for each fill. I would need 4 of those just to initially fill my tank and I would have to make multiple trips if only buying one jug. I'm not about to spend $40 on water. The distilled water was $4.17 for 10L which would again put me at around $40 to fill. On the way out I found pre-filled culligan water cooler jugs for $4.97 with a $10 deposit which would put me at $20 to fill. I can manage that but again it didn't say that it was RO. The label said 0ppm fluoride and <10ppm TDS. Is that good enough?

How crucial is it to use RO or distilled or whatever? Should I have my tap water tested to see if its even necessary? Or can I use normal spring water? Could I get away with tap water treated with Prime and some carbon or anti-phosphate media in the filter?

Cost so far: $209
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:38 AM   #29
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At 20 inches I don't have any light spill over on my 40 B
and I get nice coverage of the tank

I keep SPS , LPS , and softies and it's all doing great
Love your rock scape
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:41 AM   #30
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I am a big advocate of ro-di water - if its going to be a reef. I have never heard of anyone having long term success with tap water. This is just my opinion and I personally would never run a tank with tap, even if it tests ok. Good water is the key to a successful reef tank
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