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Old 04-29-2015, 10:36 PM   #181
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Almost any salt will mix thoroughly after a few hours. Some people wait overnight some don not. I use reef crystals and if push comes to shove I can have a batch ready in 20 minutes. I prefer to let it sit a few hours but there have been times when i needed salted water asap, you want to be prepared in case you do need it quick. I have used a few other salts and while i like red sea for it's element content I do not like how it left residue in my mixing garbage can. lol

And yep, a mag float is like a necessity, at least to me. lol

As far as shrimp go by the way, they are all pretty good together except for coral banded shrimp, they can become nasty and kinda large. But yep, i have kept peppermints, cleaners and fire shrimp all together with no issues. A fire shrimp is another great idea, they are sooo red they stand out quite a bit.
I personally have neve4r had any issues with emerald crabs either, I love how they do their little dance on the front glass, it's awesome. But porcelain crabs are cool too. You might find sexy shrimp too tiny really to get much enjoyment out of, unless you don't have much going on in the tank. they are tiny! Nad for the record they do better in odd numbered groups for whatever reason. Go figure. hehe

Thanks for the wealth of information. I've been busy and haven't been able to do a whole lot. Hopefully getting my live and dry rock tommorow. Along with refractometer calibration and the salt mix for initial fill up. Need to go by Walmart for a coctail shrimp as my family is not huge into seafood.


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A cleaner shrimp will be a great addition. Mine cleans my hand and swims around upside down at the water level looking for food.
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A cleaner shrimp will be a great addition. Mine cleans my hand and swims around upside down at the water level looking for food.

Stopppppp more temptation to just want it now!


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Okay guys I'm headed to the LFS from work.

Need to know 2 things:

Ideal temp for the tank. Thinking like 78?
Ideal salinity. Thanking it's 1.024?


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I keep my tank at 80* with a salinity of 1.025
with shrimp you want to keep nitrates as low as possible
you cant have any kind of sudden swings temp salinity nitrates ammonia ph ect
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