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Old 01-19-2013, 10:48 PM   #11
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yeah I'm just trying to get it cycling. The guy I got it from drained it and let everything dry out. So the rock and sand was making it a little cloudy. I'm assuming it will go away eventually

I brushed the rock off some and rinsed the sand some before I added it

So I should look into getting a cheap power head and a heater to mix in buckets.
I would. That's how I did it. Others may have different ideas. I used a cheap power head and a heater. Let mix over night then test. If it was good I added it and was done! 1... 2... 3 done
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Old 01-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #12
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Ok cool sound good to me. And I know better but I didn't use ro water. I used filtered water I have a filter system that removes chlorine and stuff but it isn't ro. Only option I had was $11.50 jugs of water and that is outrageous imo. I plan on using distilled water for changes and top offs
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Ok cool sound good to me. And I know better but I didn't use ro water. I used filtered water I have a filter system that removes chlorine and stuff but it isn't ro. Only option I had was $11.50 jugs of water and that is outrageous imo. I plan on using distilled water for changes and top offs
That's ok for now but definitely switched to at least distilled water.

That filtered water still has "stuff" in it and you may not see the effects for months.
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no fish stores around me sells water. Guy at, store said I may have issue with algae but I can control that.

When I have the money I will buy an ro system
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Walmart sells gallon jugs of distilled water for 0.88 lol
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no fish stores around me sells water. Guy at, store said I may have issue with algae but I can control that.

When I have the money I will buy an ro system
Yeah just stay on top of the water changes and check parameters.
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Yeah I bought a bucket of salt so I'm good for a minute. It took less than what I figured to get it to 1.025

The water was a little cloudy to begin with and worse since salt I'll wait an hour then add the live rock.

I was told to keep temp at 77-80
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Yeah I bought a bucket of salt so I'm good for a minute. It took less than what I figured to get it to 1.025

The water was a little cloudy to begin with and worse since salt I'll wait an hour then add the live rock.

I was told to keep temp at 77-80
75/76 is good. 77/80 is ok just watch it doesn't get higher. I keep mine at 76
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The water was at 78. I turned the heater to 80. Its a little messed up its a stealth and they are sending me a free one I don't know the wattage. I'm trying to figure out where I need it set at. I don't have a lid which hurts and I'm not sure if its 100 or 150 watt

I had it all the way up trying to get to temp
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The water was at 78. I turned the heater to 80. Its a little messed up its a stealth and they are sending me a free one I don't know the wattage. I'm trying to figure out where I need it set at. I don't have a lid which hurts and I'm not sure if its 100 or 150 watt
You don't need a lid on a saltwater tank. Your better off without one. Get the new heater and go from there.
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