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Old 03-14-2007, 02:04 PM   #11
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Well Jayhawker you cant get any better service than that. LOL
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Wow, can we talk about a great response.

Ill check those out and probably go with the two Maxi like suggested ive heard others talk about that as well.

I think Im on my way. One last thing. When i start cycling first with the water then throw some live rock and the substrate after. What type of water changes do i do when cycling anything?
Also since I live in an apartment the ro/di unit is a little of out of the question, but i can mix my tap water and salt check it and then add that right? Thanks you guys are the best!!!
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O would add everything at once and start the cycle. If you use cured LR, from your LFS, you might see reduced cycling time, since the beneficial bacteria will already be in the rock (assuming you don't leave it out of water for too long). You don't need to do a PWC until the nitrItes are at 0 and your nitrAtes are spiked. If you are using your tap, make sure to use cold water. I premix mine for at least 24 hours (since your cycling your tank, I wouldn't worry about premixing). I would suggest you mix your salt and water and heater (I have found that it's hard to get a correct reading off a hydrometer with colder water), get it to the correct salinity and then add it to your tank. That should give you an idea of the salt/water ratio you will need.
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Is there any way you can go without tap water. Not a really good idea as so many bad things are in it. Walmart sells RO water. LFS sell RO/DI water.
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Wal-Mart. Ok, I have no idea where to look at our Walmart, if i ask them for some RO water which i understand is Reverse Osmosis water, they will understand what im asking for? Any brand and how much?

One more. The two power heads, im going to get both of those i also have an HOB filter an emperor 280. This will all work out right?

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Is there any way you can go without tap water. Not a really good idea as so many bad things are in it. Walmart sells RO water. LFS sell RO/DI water.
That's a good point. I forgot to add that I am on well water. Thanks Mike!
Generally, if you have 1.5-2 Lbs of rock per gallon and run a skimmer, you don't need the filter. I like to run a canister filter, in the event I need to run carbon or other media.
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Jayhawker, it is a water machine that you put jugs up to. I think it is culligan at my walmart. Over where they sell water.
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Also since I live in an apartment the ro/di unit is a little of out of the question
Most of the RO/DI filters sold on Ebay either comes with a sink adapter or has an option to hook up to the kitchen sink so really RO/DI can be used in any home or apartment. You don't have to have a dedicated line for it, just hook it up as needed and store in a closet when you don't.

In the long run buying your own will be much cheaper/easier then hauling water from a store.
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In the long run buying your own will be much cheaper/easier then hauling water from a store.
Yes this is true. I spent 7 yrs lugging water and I have been so happy since I got my RO/DI unit 2 yrs ago. As Micah said you can hook it up in your sink and sit it in the sink so as not to have any water overflow problems.
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Ok. Well this puts me on the right place. So let me get this all focused.

Im going to go buy some RO/DI water.
My HOB Emperor 280 is ok
2 PHs I need to buy for water flow.
About 25 lbs of base rock and then the rest Live rock will work.
Add it all at once.
Have a heater.
Cycle for a while.
Do i run normal water thru the tank, then add the salt test the salinity with my refratormeter than add the rest?
Thats about a good start right? Anything im missing
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