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Old 09-15-2011, 10:21 AM   #21
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It's up to you on thepowerheads, 425's are sufficient I would think, BUT the 550's would do a better job of circulation in my opinion.

I have 2 425's in my 20g and am not toally impressed with them. The flwo seems so light. LOL

And the api test chemicals work the color chart is a little different though. But still the same basic concept, any green in ammonia and thats bad, anything but blue for the trites is bad. LOL

Do you have a refractometer? Great $30 investment and youre likely to never be off , unlike if you use the swing arm hydrometer.

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Old 09-15-2011, 10:23 AM   #22
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Already have the refractometer...

I'll go with the 550's, I'm gonna have the marine sand fine sugar grain, i really hope it doesn't blow it all around. Will 2 PH's be enough?
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Yes, two will be sufficient

If placed correctly, after a lot of trial and error you shouldn't have any of your sand blowing around. It's just a matter of palcement and angles.

You'll see, it's not really that bad.
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:49 AM   #24
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What's a good price for these? I see em on Ebay for 22-32 bucks?
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Old 09-15-2011, 10:53 AM   #25
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Amazon.com: Hydor Koralia Evolution 550 Aquarium Circulation Pump, 550 GPH: Pet Supplies

cheapest i found. $34

But you can get lucky on ebay and maybe get a few bucks off.
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Hydor Koralia Evolution 550GPH Circulation Pump! *NEW* | eBay

23.50 on ebay...whatcha think?
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Looks good. Seller has decent feedback. looks like he might be in Nj. If thats the price you wanna pay I'd grab two up.
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Sweet ill do that in a min...i also need to get base rock...im torn...either BRS or reef cleaners???
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Anyone have any recommendations of a HOB skimmer? Octopus BH100 looks decent...???
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Yep, I hear the octopus ones are pretty good. I;m using a remora hang on back now which I happen to like alot. But yeah, the octopus should be a good one.
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