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Old 04-24-2015, 07:54 PM   #91
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If it was me, I'd worry about that when the tank was ready to go. I'd get all my rock in, then put in my sand, then start filling it up. This can be your one and only time you can mix the salt in the tank itself, so you have that one lazy time you can get away with.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:55 PM   #92
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I have no input on being fine in jugs or not, but I'd just buy a 5g bucket and lid. Cheap. Take up less space than a bunch of jugs too

I have one 5g bucket but it doesn't even have a lid lol. We go through a lot of milk in my house so jugs are plentiful. Just an idea.


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I have no input on being fine in jugs or not, but I'd just buy a 5g bucket and lid. Cheap. Take up less space than a bunch of jugs too
The trick is getting salt that already comes in that bucket and you reuse them. Now I have buckets and buckets. Have one for only old water, one for new water, one to throw unwanted pests or algae into (aka trash can)...then you can simply order the stuff in bulk that comes in a box and bags to save even more at times.
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The trick is getting salt that already comes in that bucket and you reuse them. Now I have buckets and buckets. Have one for only old water, one for new water, one to throw unwanted pests or algae into (aka trash can)...then you can simply order the stuff in bulk that comes in a box and bags to save even more at times.

I just have a bag of reef salt but I'll remember the bucket next time when I get low.

What happens if saltwater is stagnant in a jug?


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Ph issues and low oxygen are what pop in my head right away. Salt would settle and can form into a cake on the bottom.
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Ohh I see. That's why powerheads and stuff are used. I might need to find a spare heater and a 5g bucket then.


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That is stuff you can figure out later on when you are perfecting how you do things and isn't that big of a deal right away. When I didn't have any extra powerheads, I simply used a wooden spoon from my kitchen to stir my water up. I would do it on my days off and would stir it any time I would pass the bucket. I still have this spoon with my current reef to this day, though used to stir the bottom from fear of unmixed salt and to hold the tube from my ATO in the bucket as it pushes the freshly mixed water into the tank during water changes.
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Caleb getting salty!?! No way..

Getting another small Eheim Jäger heater and cheap powerhead. Going to use for a 5g bucket that's going to be only for premixed. Lots of stuff coming on Monday.

Equipment list:

SW test kit- Monday
Hydor powerhead- arrived
Tank heater- arrived
Aquaclear HOB- arrived
Reef salt- arrived
Sand- should be Monday
Lighting- Monday. Need to work on a suspension system.
Refractometer- learned how to use it last night!
Live rock- whenever I get the tank back and can start setting up.
Thermometer- Monday


As far as the HOB goes what should I run besides the filter pad?
I have some Purigen.
Carbon?
Might use a dish scrubber as media. Cheap and simple.


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Looks like you are off to a good start and I see Hank has been helping you. I Just skimmed through but what are you going to use for lighting?
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Looks like you are off to a good start and I see Hank has been helping you. I Just skimmed through but what are you going to use for lighting?

Hey Paul! Welcome aboard I'm getting a TaoTronics 165w dimmable LED. Still working on how I'm gonna hang it up above the tank


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