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Old 10-24-2011, 12:26 AM   #1
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FINALLY! started my 55

I have finally started my 55 gallon salt water build. I currently just have 50 lbs of sand, 20 lbs live rock and just an overflow pushing water no filters just moving water. I have a 75 gallon sandman filter and a 60 gallon overflow. I'm getting to 850 gph powerheads soon. Here's some crappy pics for now.



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Old 10-24-2011, 12:41 AM   #2
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Well I am starting my 55 tomorrow and I think I will keep an eye on your build! I have everything but my rock it is in the mail should get it by the end of the week. I an going to wash my sand, and set up my equipment as well as start mixing my water tomorrow.
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Are you buying ro/di water or making it?
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I don't have a RO/di unit and I am more than 40 min away from anyplace that sells it so I am going to use only RO water. Do you think that is bad?
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But you do have a reverse osmisis water processor then?
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I just put my water in a 5 gallon bucket, treat with water conditioner and add salt. Just check salinity and its 1.022 and nitrate is 0. Im slowly building it up as saltwater is expensive... scored like 22 or so pounds of live rock for $30. Used concrete and, not with hardener of course. Got 50 pounds for $4. It took 3 hours to rinse but well worth it.
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No the kiosk at the store that you fill your bottles up with is what I am talking about.
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I just put my water in a 5 gallon bucket, treat with water conditioner and add salt. Just check salinity and its 1.022 and nitrate is 0. Im slowly building it up as saltwater is expensive... scored like 22 or so pounds of live rock for $30. Used concrete and, not with hardener of course. Got 50 pounds for $4. It took 3 hours to rinse but well worth it.
You treat tap water with a conditioner ar then add the salt? What about the chemicals in the tap??
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You treat tap water with a conditioner ar then add the salt? What about the chemicals in the tap??
I just started and my tank is still cycling. I havent had to add anything to my tank... my lfs sells sw at a little over a buck a gallon. Ill prolly just buy from them.
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I just started and my tank is still cycling. I havent had to add anything to my tank... my lfs sells sw at a little over a buck a gallon. Ill prolly just buy from them.
Dang thats expensive dude! For the amount it would cost you to fill your tank with sw from them, you could buy a cheaper ro unit
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