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Old 01-15-2014, 09:43 AM   #11
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When you make up a new batch of salt water you make it to the same salinity as your tank. And if your not going the ato route I use the top of my thermometer to mark where my water level should be so I know how much ro/di to add to keep my salinity stable. The api fw kits are fine for the cycle but you will need tests for alkalinity calcium and depending on what corals you keep magnesium
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:44 AM   #12
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When you make up a new batch of salt water you make it to the same salinity as your tank. And if your not going the ato route I use the top of my thermometer to mark where my water level should be so I know how much ro/di to add to keep my salinity stable

So you basically add th salt to te water you will add and then check it until it reads the same as your tank. Also how can I get my salinity down or is it normal to have it at 1.026 right after dosing
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:47 AM   #13
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1.026 is ok but I wouldn't go higher. To lower just make your wc water a lower salinity or add a little extra ro/di to the tank. You should also let your wc water mix for 24 hrs with a small heater and power head ( I use a 5 gal bucket for my small tanks )
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Old 01-15-2014, 09:51 AM   #14
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Ok maybe I'll be able to get a small powerhead cheap.
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:04 AM   #15
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Ya check some if the sales forums on reef2reef and nano-reef.com. They usually have some for pretty cheap. Or let me know I'm sure I can dig one up it could sell
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:41 PM   #16
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Ya check some if the sales forums on reef2reef and nano-reef.com. They usually have some for pretty cheap. Or let me know I'm sure I can dig one up it could sell

Is tere any way to stir the salt in eater than powerhead ? But I can definitely do that it's nbd to me!
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:26 PM   #17
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Any water moving device will work. Power heads are just easiest because you can suction cup it into a bucket a let it run. Salt doesn't mix with the water instantly so you need something.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:12 PM   #18
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Well I got my pump thing haha and some dry and live rock. Here's my pic Click image for larger version

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Oh by the way, I thought i would mention. The one suction cup will not stay stuck, is this an issue? and the sand seems to be getting blown around a bit will this also be an issue? Will this harm the fish once put in?
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You prob want that higher up, it will give you better flow and not blow around the sand. It usually takes a couple days of playing around with it so you don't get any dead spots
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