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Old 10-10-2006, 02:54 PM   #11
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Just talked to the Boss... he said that the LR came out of a reef tank (he knows the customer) so it should be fine as far as copper. However, it has been out of the tank a lot longer than I initially thought, probably about 6 weeks. This person tore his SW tank down to convert it to FW and the rock has just been sitting in a Rubbermaid since then I think. Does that change what I need to do with the rock? Should I throw a shrimp in there to get it cycling? Can I leave a lid on the Rubbermaid to avoid lots of top-offs (and dead shrimp smell) or is that bad?

Finatic, I checked out your link and the prices look great, but I still think it will cost me a little less to just use my employee discount. What is the equivalent T5 or VHO fixture to the PC that I'm looking at? It needs to be 48" as I am planning for a 90 gallon. melosu58, your tank is awesome and gives me high hopes for a medium light reef of my own!

I really appreciate all the help so far. You can expect to see a lot more of me on the SW forums from here on out!
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:01 PM   #12
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I would say, if it was out of water that long, you will have to re-cure it. I would say no to the lid, you want the pH to be right for it to cure. You might be able to feed the ammonia with flake food.
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Old 10-10-2006, 03:22 PM   #13
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I am just tickled to death you've come over to the SW side.

Have you checked out 4x96 PCs? I don't know anything about T5s, but I had a decent reef on a 72g w/4x65s on it. Since yours is deeper, wondering if the 4x96 would suffice.
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Old 10-10-2006, 04:28 PM   #14
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Wow, I didn't know I needed to do 2 100% water changes per week. Can I do less since it will be curing for much longer than a week or 2? Or should I just wait to cure it until I am closer to setting up the tank, and assume that most of what was on the rock has died off since it has been in a Rubbermaid with SW for a few weeks already? Can I use tap water for now and switch to RO/DI when I get the tank, since there won't be any lighting on the Rubbermaid to grow algae? I am thinking I won't be ready to go with this project until closer to Christmas and I certainly want to take my time and do it right.
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Old 10-10-2006, 07:43 PM   #16
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while curing its best not to do any water changes. kinda beats the point. that should help ya a bit. im not sure about the tap water, but if it was me, i wouldnt risk it, you can get distilled water from the grocery store, shouldnt cost too much for just the rubbermaid. def dont use it when you get the tankup and running. your testing kit will help you decide.

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Old 10-10-2006, 08:06 PM   #17
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Find out if your LFS sells RO/DI SW. They usually do for about $1 per gal. Good if you can't find a decent source of good water.

I don't like to use tap water then treat with Prime or anything like that. The ammonia that is in the chloramines eventually turns into NO3's and I don't like anything else contributing to my NO3 load.
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Yes, my LFS sells RO/DI water, either salted or unsalted. I work there so it's not a problem for me to get. I don't want to get the premixed water because I plan to use Tropic Marin salt for my tank as I hear it is better quality and more consistent from batch to batch than other brands. I am considering an RO/DI unit of my own but won't be able to get it right away. That's why I thought about using tap water just for the curing process, but I do not want to use it in my tank. I know it causes a lot of problems later down the road. So I should not use tap even if it is only for the curing process?

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Have you tested your tap for phosphates? Even still, If just for storing rock and keeping it wet and fed from time to time, I'd do salt and tap if it were me. Even if the water was changed at some point while the rock is stored there. You're gonna mix new SW (and use ro/di then) in the new tank, remove the rock from the rubbermaid and leave the curing water behind anyway, right?

I'd use the tap now.
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Will do. That's what I wanted to hear. I'll probably use the Instant Ocean for the curing as well, then switch to Tropic Marin and RO/DI when I get the tank.

What test kit should I buy? Is the SW Master Test Kit any good? I have its FW counterpart.
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