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Old 12-25-2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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my parents went all out and got me a 29gal biocube. just wanted to check a few things

they bought "live sand" despite my advice.. but anyways ive got 1.5 inchs of it at the bottom. bioballs are gone my levels are pretty well perfect. salinity is 1.022 ph is 8.8... is that too high? everything else is 0.

now im picking up my live rock tomorow...

this is going to be a reef aquarium. so what temps am i shooting for... how much live rock should i be shooting for? how much rubble do i put in the 2nd chamber.


lastly... i have this big bag of bio balls.... any use for these at all (salt water or fresh water)?


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Old 12-25-2008, 09:16 PM   #2
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Congratulations!

Live sand is fine - won't hurt anything, it's just an expense that is unneccessary as it's not that beneficial coming from a bag. A friend's tank is a different story.

Salinity seems a tad low, most target 1.024-5. Your pH - well, how long as the water been mixing? that is kinda high. Temps you should aim for 78-80.

Bio balls aren't a bad thing for FW tanks, but yeah, ditch them for SW is the general consensus.
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Old 12-25-2008, 09:18 PM   #3
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water has been mixing since 7 this morning... so 13 hours.. added more salt as my salinty was WAY low.


so could i put them in my fresh water filters?


also how long should i wait before checking salinity after adding more salt?


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Old 12-25-2008, 09:31 PM   #4
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I would check it every 30 min to check your Salinity. like Neilanh says 1.024 or 1.025 would be great for reefs right now I am running 1.024 since I am almost ready to add coral.
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im really new to this so i have a ton of questions

how much salt should i add at a time trying to get it to rise? 1/2 cup? sorry for all the questions but i truly have no idea

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What salt brand? They should have instructions with it - but I don't think you're in a huge hurry, so go slow adding the salt. It's easy to add more salt, if you overshoot, it becomes a lot more work to get it down.

Are you using RO/DI water as your source?
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im not sure what the difference is between RO and RO/DI is but im using water from a RO system at the grocery store.
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o and the salt is Reef crystals
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I would add it slowly 1/2 cup may be way to much if your already at 1.022. I would sprinkle a small bit at a time till you reach the proper salinity of your likings. good luck
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not that im over already but if i do overshoot how do i go about lowering it... for future reference as im sure ill do it some day... syphen out and add more unsalted water?
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