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Old 01-02-2006, 08:38 PM   #11
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I agree it can be done between 1.023-1.025 and you will find alot of reef keepers will agree. I dont' think there is a wrong here other than taking one man/magazine and thinking it gospel. There are tons of successful tanks with lower as well as higher salinity levels. There isn't always one way to do things.
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Old 01-02-2006, 08:40 PM   #12
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According to Dr Ron 1.023 is good for a FOWLR but not a reef.

Reef tanks need to be at least 1.024 but suggests 1.026..

Your corals may be fine now, but its easier to get a parasite in low SG then high. Normal seawater is 1.027.

SUggest reading reefkeepers magazine about salinity.
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http://www.reefkeeping.com/issues/2004-06/rhf/index.php
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:05 PM   #14
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I would suggest you research some places other than Dr. Ron. lol
He's not the only expert in the hobby.
I agree 1.023 is better for FO and a reef should have a higher SG. I just don't agree that it has to be above 1.026 so, I'll agree to disagree. And, I believe this thread was about starting a cycle and has seriously strayed so lets get it back on track. Thanks.
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i think i'll wait to put the shrimp in until after i get my rock. thanks for the help, i think . . . .
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In my opinion refractometers is the way to go, hydrometers can be inaccurate.
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I have used a hydrometer in the past with success. However the general concensus is that a refractometer is more accurate. If you can afford the refractometer then get one otherwise the hydrometer will suffice. Good luck!
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