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Old 01-17-2013, 08:47 PM   #71
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Can I get by without using the skimmer for a while? At least until I can buy a new skimmer our at least a new pump. I'm going to buy some filters for the bio wheel
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:27 PM   #72
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Sure you can. A skimmer is simply to export nutrients. You can do this manually with water changes.
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:46 PM   #73
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Are the water changes same as freshwater. I'm asking cause I change my 20 gallon water quite often and changed even more when it was cycling. I'm asking cause I need to know how much salt to get at first. Its a 36 gallon and I am going to cycle with raw shrimp or ammonia haven't decided yet. I'm on a fixed income so I'm not rich
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Old 01-18-2013, 05:58 PM   #74
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And I've got a api freshwater master kit. Are any of the tests the same for salt?
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:08 PM   #75
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Ok so do I add rock then sand then water then salt? I'm about ready to get this thing started

If I add sand then water won't the sand get stirred up bad?
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I don't know about the fresh water test kit, because i've never used one, but I would add water and salt to the tank, let it mix until clear, then put the rock in, just the way I wanted, then gently pour your sand (rinsed thoroughly if it's dry sand) in the tank, taking as much care as possible not to make the tank cloudy. This will happen anyway however, and it will take anywhere from 2 to 5 days for it to clear up.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #77
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Ok thanks. How long would 50gal bag of salt last me? And should I just rinse the rock under water and scrub with a brush? He just took every thing out and put it in buckets. some of the rocks still have snails stuck to them?
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No way! If the rock has living creatures on it, put it in your tank as soon as possible. Get that water mixed and heated and save those critters if possible!
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No no the rock is dried out
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:28 PM   #80
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he had everything in buckets. The rocks are dry and the snails are dead :-(

He didn't think anyone was gonna buy it and he was leaving for boot camp so he went ahead and drained it
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