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Old 02-01-2005, 12:28 AM   #11
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i think that there is a big difference between the ballasts at the hardware store used to light a room and the ones we use to light a tank, im not positve but maybe someone else can chime in there, as far as running it with no rock or substrate, i would say if you have it and its not stinky or just dirty and gross, then it might be ok to use, what was the substrate? and how was it stored? same with the rock? if it was stored in stagnant water then you might need to get new stuff, or put it in and let it clean itself during cycle,

as far as the uv sterilizer, depending on what kind of tank your doing you might not even need it, and this early in the set up i wouldnt even worry about setting it up, same with a skimmer, you dont really need it until theres soemthing for it to do, and when first setting up its not gonna have any affect on the tank,

id say hook up the filter put the water in and let the salt dissolve for a day, then add your sand and rocks, once all thats running, figure out your lighting situation and get your tank cycling, HTH
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