While waiting for the tank, I have been reading up on water. I will need around 18 gallons or so I guess (leave room for sand and rock). I have ready nasty stuff about tap water, but just cannot ordering any kind of RO
machine. ($$$ reasons). I can buy de-chlorinator, but that doesnt do anything about any phosphorus or diatoms that may be in the water. Are there water test kits that will let me detect this stuff in the tap water before using it? Would the DIY filter+carbon be decent enough (along with the de-chlorinator) to use? There is bottled water refilling machine at a Publix near me that apparently uses 8 steps to purify the water with the final step being UV
light. 30cents a gallon is great, but that means filling up 20 1 gallon jugs and looking like an idiot!
I know that a RO
machine is going to be the best advice, but its just out of the question (for now). I need to stop the bleeding ($$$) for now. I still have to buy the water testing stuff as well as a thing of salt.
Also, I got my 30lbs of "live" sand in the mail today. I need to wash it. This obviously will need purified water to wash, but how much? (A rough estimate). Is this something that can be done with a 5 gallon bucket and some purified drinking water? The guy swears there is live coralline algea in the sand. Even though I told him I could care less if its live or not, he still insists that I dont mistreat the sand as it is alive. (I bought it as it was $20 for 30lbs) If it really is alive, great. I plan to use live rock for cycling and seeding though.
So I guess to sum everything up, should I test the tap water or just go get 20 jugs filled up at Publix.:p
Thanks guys, the process will begin soon!
Also, how familiar are you guys with ebay sellers? Theres a guy with good feedback selling all sorts of stuff in my state. Overnight fedex to me is $20.00 and he gives $5.00 back to those ordering in my state. (Florida).
eBay Store - Oceans Garden Inc: saltwater fish, coral, Reef
Does he seem legit? (Incase my local store is overpriced or such?)