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Old 09-27-2011, 09:17 PM   #11
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haha its too bright for his camera phone it looks like a white blueish white image
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:21 PM   #12
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as long as it's an aquarium fixture and not some kind of rigged up high bay lighting ballast that sounds like an angry bee hive, you should be fine.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:04 PM   #13
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Alright, It's Seems good enough. 250w, **** bright and pretty hot. now for salt and live rock/sand. Should I use tap water? or Make like 6-7 trips to the drinking water stand. OR can I just use the stable freshwater I already have in it?
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:07 PM   #14
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I would start your tank off right and get some ro/di water from your LFS or from a supermarket water machine.
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ken, a metal halide bulb typically lasts about 9 months. some get a year out of them, but you should consider changing out the lamp for a fresh one.
it's not just being on, it actually changes color when it gets old.
the best scenario is using R.O.D.I. water. you can buy your own R.O.D.I unit for about a hundred bucks, or buy water from the LFS. some folks buy distilled water from walmart. not all drinking water is ok to use though...some is not as "clean" as we would like for our tanks.
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:47 PM   #16
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Alright, going to follow the new RO water advice. I was just wondering why tap water wasn't used instead, or the established freshwater. Phosphates? Does a protein skimmer take that out? UV Light? As for the bulb I'm going to my lfs to see if they got one when I get my live rock, which poses this question. Is the bacteria for the live rock the same as the one in the freshwater filter?
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Old 09-28-2011, 04:51 PM   #17
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If you use tap water you're likely to have algae issues early on. Not the best way to start a tank. lol I didn't know any better when I started and used tap water. Mistake. Took me months to get the phosphate levels down.

A skimmer will remove organic waste from the water. A UV can kill parasites and bacteria.

You are emptying this freshwater tank and cleaning it all out and then adding sand right? Like a fresh start. I wouldn't use anything that was in the freshwater tank without thoroughly cleaning it.
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I'm concerned if adding the UV might kill the good bacteria? And is the bacteria same as the freshwater one? Because I have a set of established Bio wheels.
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no. a UV sterilizer isn't necessary, but beneficial bacteria resides on surfaces for the most part, not in the water column.
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no. a UV sterilizer isn't necessary, but beneficial bacteria resides on surfaces for the most part, not in the water column.
Do you use a UV sterilizer?
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