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Old 07-03-2013, 11:00 PM   #31
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Got my refractometer today. Instructions say to use distilled water to calibrate but I'm all out at the moment. Checked it with RO/DI and it reads 0. Checked the tank water and its 1.024. Should I trust this reading? Pick up distilled water or calibration fluid? I'm reading some people state that RO/DI won't calibrate it properly.
I don't know a whole lot but I think it has to have something to read. RO water should be 0 but distilled water usually gets some sort of reading. Which is why RO water is preferable. Lol.
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I don't know a whole lot but I think it has to have something to read. RO water should be 0 but distilled water usually gets some sort of reading. Which is why RO water is preferable. Lol.
Yeah, from what I understand, as long as you ro water has 0 TDS it should be okay. I do not have a TDS meter... :/ I figured distilled would be better... Hmmm
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If you know your ro unit is fine then you are good
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Water was purchased from a LFS.
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On another note. I picked up the cheap clip on fan from Walmart. It's working out fairly well so far. Temp is staying at about 80 during the day, and 78 once the house cools off at night and through the morning. I have a Toms Aqualifter pump and Madison float switch on order for the ATO, should be here next week sometime. Gonna test params later tonight. I'll post results and an updated pic to show the fan.

Oh, the water is still a bit cloudy, should I run a small hob with polyfill for a few days? Thanks for the help so far guys!
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On another note. I picked up the cheap clip on fan from Walmart. It's working out fairly well so far. Temp is staying at about 80 during the day, and 78 once the house cools off at night and through the morning. I have a Toms Aqualifter pump and Madison float switch on order for the ATO, should be here next week sometime. Gonna test params later tonight. I'll post results and an updated pic to show the fan.

Oh, the water is still a bit cloudy, should I run a small hob with polyfill for a few days? Thanks for the help so far guys!
It usually takes a few days for the sand to settle. Running a little filtration won't hurt. Sounds like you got your temp figured out.
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It usually takes a few days for the sand to settle. Running a little filtration won't hurt. Sounds like you got your temp figured out.
Tank has been set up since Saturday. Yeah, temp is okay, for now...
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If this goes well for you (which I'm assuming so since you have everything covered) an upgrade won't be too far in the future, right?
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Tank has been set up since Saturday. Yeah, temp is okay, for now...
Awesome. it'll probably clear up after a water change. What kind of sand did you use?
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If this goes well for you (which I'm assuming so since you have everything covered) an upgrade won't be too far in the future, right?
Well... It depends... I have a lot of work I need to do on my house, and over the last year or so the hobby has been taking most of my extra money... Ahh, addiction. I may just get this dialed in, run it for a while. and get some stuff built other than aquariums... In the long run, yes, an upgrade is inevitable... I may throw a budget FOWLR together with a pair of clowns for my wife and kid. They're extremely disappointed they can't have a "nemo" in this tank...
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