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Old 08-06-2007, 12:31 PM   #21
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I use reef crystals and love it. I switched over from IO. There are many opinions on salt mixes, sometimes you just have to find what you like.
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Old 08-06-2007, 04:10 PM   #22
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OK..Reef Crystals it is..Bought a bucket of them today.
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:46 AM   #23
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OK...Set up the tank, filled it, all parameters look good:

SG = 1.023
PH = 8.2
Alk = 3.5 mEq/L
Ca = 380 (bit low)
Temp = 80-81 deg

I put in the raw shrimp, got some good ammonia readings within 2 days. Cycled it, now just added the LR. Already found some feather dusters poking out, and a couple if teeny tiny crabs (I think) in what looks like blue shells (kinda like a snail shell)

Got 15 lbs of Fiji, nad a nice 8 lb chunk of something that cost twice as muck as the fiji, but had 10 times the growth and stuff on and in it.
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Sounds good, what are your ammonia/nitrItes/nitrAtes reading?
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As of last night:

ammonia 0.8+ mg/L (but the shade was lighter than yesterday)
nitrate < 10 mg/L
nitrite < 0.2 mg/L
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Just a quick question. I saw a "pipefish" at LFS today.

My stocking plan is:
1 maroon clown
1 fire angel
2 blood (fire) shrimp
some snails & hermit crabs
2 blennys

Eventually... some kenya tree and bubble coral and a bubble tipped anenome.

Would a pipefish be compatable with this population?
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The blennys will probably harass it as well as the clown (if it already has an established territory) and should not be housed with stinging corals or inverts...such as anemones...
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OK..just a thought...Liked how it looked, but wont buy it. Thanks for the info

Oh and one other thing....I took my water to LFS so they could verify my test results...Pretty much the same readings

Except one..

My refractometer came up with 1.023

their swing arm hydrometer came up with 1.020

Is it normal for their to b e that much of a difference...or might my refratometer be wrong (yes I did calibrate it with distilled water, at room temp and let my sample get to room temp as well)
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Oh and one other thing....I took my water to LFS so they could verify my test results...Pretty much the same readings

Except one..

My refractometer came up with 1.023

their swing arm hydrometer came up with 1.020
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I'd be concerned about a LFS that used a swing arm hydrometer to test salinity.

Yes... there can be that much difference. Most likely, your refractometer is correct.
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I Figured as much..

Any opinions on UV Sterilizers? Are they worth the money? Are they beneficial?

I was looking at this one:


http://www.nanotuners.com/product_in...9d0ac51979e9b9
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