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Old 06-10-2010, 10:30 PM   #11
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why pay a hundred bucks for something thats just as good for 10 bucks.. lol i mean really.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:35 PM   #12
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as long as it is calabrated it will work as well as a refracometer. and not really more variables.. mine is +0.003 so if it reads .021 its really .024 thats all there is to it. me and every other worker at my lfs (largest in the southeast) uses a hydrometer.
I should probably save my comments, but I won't. That is a huge difference for some animals (even without the decimal place mistake) and it being + or - makes it worse. If you really think that being a part of the largest anything knowingly using outdated testing gains you credibility, I think you're wrong. As a small LFS owner and an active member of the largest Reef Club in the SE, I hear about your stores all the time.
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2nd pic, bottom left, green.... OMG ridiculous! Nice zoas! All "LE"?
I don't believe any of those were LE. Those are a variant of radioactive dragon eyes.
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why pay a hundred bucks for something thats just as good for 10 bucks.. lol i mean really.
Not going to beat a dead horse but refractometers for more than $45 is a waste of money. I had a Marinedepot brand refractometer I paid $35 for and it worked flawlessly. Hydrometers must be cleaned and eventually the swing arm will fail. Sorry but for my money and livestock I wont chance it. Refractometer is the way to go.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:13 PM   #15
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I can't get a clip-on 75watt MH light for about 60 dollars. Would this light be sufficient for a zoa tank? I can also probably purchase an actinic strip as well for color.
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Yes, as I stated above Zoas can thrive in a lot of different lighting conditions. A 70w Viper (or something similar) will do just fine on your tank however you will have the potential for heat issues with the use of a MH bulb over your tank. Keep that in mind when making your decision.
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I a few T5's and you'll have no heat issues and no problems with lack of light. Plus you could get an actinic bulb and a white bulb.
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Would 18watts of actnic and 18 watts 10000k bulbs be enough for zoas?
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I think on a 10g tank that would do just fine.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:59 PM   #20
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Thanks. Time to start saving. I guess my iwagumi tank will have to wait awhile. I need to grow out my DHG anyways.
I've already got an RO system from back in the day thank goodness.
$45 to a Refractometer
$65 to a Protein skimmer
$30 to chemicals/ new RO membranes
$100 for lighting
$50 to dollars for a stand/tank(going to get a computer stand as they will have wheels to move around easier and already have a whole in there for wires which I will use to route my plumbing.)
$20 to glass cutting equipment
$10 for piping
$60 for a sump pump.
$100 for lr/aragonite
$200 for livestock...
$40 for a Hydor Nano
So that will add up to about...$720. I have a lot of saving to do...I feel dizzy from how fast that added up.
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