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Old 12-18-2010, 02:31 PM   #11
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it's not normal. what are you using to measure salinity? a swing arm hydrometer? they are very inaccurate. check to see if any air bubbles are attached to the arm.
i would raise the salinity to .025-.026
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:41 PM   #12
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Im using the hydrometer... so if there are no air bubbles should I add more salt and if so how much of it? maybe 1/4 of a cup?
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well, hydrometers are inaccurate as i stated above. it may still be incorrect. meanwhile, you would add a little, let it circulate a bit, then add more if necessary. you can't just go by the recommendations on the package because there are more variables to consider, like for instance, the water temp.
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just added more salt and the salinity is at 1.023/4... and the water temp at 79

edit: also there's this glass piece on the middle of the tank (on the top) I was wondering if that is going to affect my lighting in any way? I want to a reef tank
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no. it won't effect your lighting, unless you have a single bulb right over top of that brace. what fixture are you considering for the tank?
btw, .026 is the target salinity.
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thanks mr.x! I'm not sure what kind of fixture to get atm. something that is powerful enough to get to the corals and reef. do you recommend any fixtures?
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what is the light you are using?
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nothing as of yet... read here that reallydont need light for cycling. what would you suggest?
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edit: also there's this glass piece on the middle of the tank (on the top) I was wondering if that is going to affect my lighting in any way?
the reason i asked what fixture you are using, is some fixtures have a single metal halide bulb right in the middle. i would say this brace would effect your lighting if this was the one you had/considered.
if you went with t-5s or something, the brace would not effect it.
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I thought about getting the HQI with the light in the middle, but I completely forgot about the brace on my 55gallon. Here are the 2 lights I looked at; and I think this is an example to what Doug was referencing.
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