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Old 09-07-2011, 12:05 PM   #41
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Where abouts in Oz do you live? When I started my tank I bought some snails and a peppermint shrimp (9g tank). If you life away from sewage plants and factories you can actually collect a lot yourself like natural salt water and snails from the rocks.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:07 PM   #42
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I live in Narre Warren in Victoria. It's about 20 minutes to a beach, so not far. I honestly wouldn't know what was safe to collect? And the natural salt water at the beach, is that the same as you would purchase from a store?
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:18 PM   #43
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Wow! That looks awesome! The lines are so clean!
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Old 09-07-2011, 07:26 PM   #44
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Thanks Carey! (15characters)
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Old 09-08-2011, 02:54 AM   #45
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Hey guys, any recommendations on a starter test kit package? I do have a refractometer on the way, but what else do I need to measure?

Ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, what else? I want to make sure I get the test kits I need, but not a whole bunch of stuff I don't too Also any idea how long 25 test strips are meant to last?
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Old 09-08-2011, 04:13 AM   #46
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Forget test strips, they're usually not accurate enough! Get the API master kit for SW, that lasts forever. If you want to keep corals measuring calcium, iodine and so on will help but the API kit is pretty much all you need!
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Great thanks mate!
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So, I've put my sand and water into the tank (not the sump yet, I'm waiting on the return piping glue to dry). I have a powerhead going, and the sand and water have been in about 3-4 hours. The water is really murky, I can't see the wall behind the tank really, but I can distinctly tell the water from the sand bed.

It looks to me as if the water is really dirty or something? I did rinse the sand before I put it in, maybe its possible there was still dirt on it? I'm not sure, it just doesn't look like there's sand up in the water, just that it looks dirty. The substrate is 1-2mm coral sand.

Any opinions/ways to fix this?
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Wait it out, too my tank about 48 hours before it was clear.
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Wait it out, too my tank about 48 hours before it was clear.
Same here, this just takes some time. Make sure to watch your pumps if any are running because this can be bad for impellers
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