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Old 10-06-2004, 04:38 PM   #1
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Things you have wasted money on for you SW tank...

-Tetra Test Kits, $20. I have nothing good to say about these. I replaced everything with fasTesT kits after one use.

-50/50 15w NO Bulb, $20. I used this for about a week, then my Orbit fixture showed up.

-Kent Scraper Short $5. Short means REALLY short, just a handle with a scraper blade. Online pic showed something longer. Replaced with a 24 inch version.

-Two 10g boxes of salt mix, $8 each. Then I smartened up and bought a 25g box, which was still too expensive. Waiting to LFS to get in buckets of Instant Ocean or Oceanic salt mix.
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Old 10-06-2004, 04:53 PM   #2
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50 bucks. Bio-wheels for the canister filter

10 bucks. Bag after bag after bag of silca playsand.

3 bucks. blue- legged hermits that turned out to be empty shells. :|
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:00 PM   #3
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Off the top of my head...

1. Useless chemicals and additives to put in the water.

2. Junk test kits other than Salifert. Especially the test strips.

3. Overpriced carbon at the LFS. Buy it at Wal-Mart as it is much cheaper...

4. Having a 10 gallon tank drilled (for a fuge) instead of buying one pre-drilled. The glass company ended up breaking the tank (apparently it was tempered and not plate glass) so I had to go out and buy a pre-drilled 10. So far, this whole disaster has cost me as much as new 55 tank would cost.
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:02 PM   #4
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What test kits would you suggest?

You can buy buckets of salt?
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:21 PM   #5
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75$ Wet dry - (I use a 30gal show for a sump now instead).
100$ Prizm Protein Skimmer - No good on my 90gal, hopefully will work on the 20L nano.
150$ 3x30w NO fixture at LFS. I coulda got cheap PC or VHO retrofit for that price..
$30 50lb bag of sand at LFS. Found southdown locally 2 weeks later.

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Old 10-06-2004, 05:22 PM   #6
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$8/# UNCURED LR...

*dies*

*looks longingly at the perfectly good $2/# cured stuff online*
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$70 Prizm Deluxe skimmer - not good enough even on a 40gallon...mostly too much tinkering to keep it skimming.
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:25 PM   #8
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$150 Seaclone Skimmer
$50 2xCoralife NO 18" 10,000k bulbs
$25 Ammo Lok, StressZyme, and the other one with stress in it, I now have R/O
$15 "Carribean" playsand which caused enough foam after washing to saturate my QT...
$300 on a 55g All glass tank when I should have bought a 90 or 120 to start

I think that is about it...

Kinda wondering about the empty hermit shells though...

Forgot one... Powersweep PH which worked for about 5 days $35
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:27 PM   #9
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What test kits would you suggest? You can buy buckets of salt?
Salifert test kits. Yes, you can buy buckets of salt. Instant Ocean, among others, is available in 5 gallon buckets.
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:15 PM   #10
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the money I spent on cleaning stuff. the long arm sponges and scrubers, magnets and such. Now I just spend .20 on a sponge with a scubbie on one side. That, with some elbow grease, is all you need to clean a tank.
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