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Old 08-22-2008, 02:20 PM   #21
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I use 1 raw unseasoned jumbo shrimp per 30G to provide a decent ammonia source to start my cycle. You should have the sump going as well.
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:37 PM   #22
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That's what I was afraid of. With my current funding, I can either build the sump, or buy everything else, but not both (for another week). I guess sump it is
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Well, you can always add the sump later. Are you planning a sump/fuge or just sump with only water and equipment in it?
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I am not 100% sure yet. It really depended on how big I was going to be able to make the sump. I was leaning toward a sump, with a HOB fuge, but again, that depended on exactly how long the sump would be (I dont have much width to work with, that's why I can't convert an aquarium for use).
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Old 08-22-2008, 04:50 PM   #25
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Would it be best to do the sump during the cycle? I can get circulation going without one (closed loop), but I want to do what would be *best* for my aquarium. I just called the plastics place, and they are only open 8am-5pm M-F, so I am not sure I'd be able to even get the sump built this weekend. If that is the case, I'll just order everything I need and do the sump build next weekend and start the cycle then (I should have everything but LR by Friday next week if I order this weekend), and I can pickup LR locally.
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It doesn't matter either way, with or without.
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I just tried to get the Acrylic, and I couldn't fit it in the van (I didn't remove the middle seats so it didn't have 8 feet of clearance). I guess I'll order base rock and pumps this weekend.
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:21 PM   #28
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Well, I bought some plumbing from Lowes and a SCWD&Mag 7 pump yesterday from a LFS. I started building my Closed loop last night, but ran out of teflon tape and noticed my pvc cement is jelly instead of the normal goo (probably from sitting in a texas garage for the summer), so I'll be heading to Home Depot in a little while.

I also have some base rock from Marco coming that I ordered Friday.

Is there anyplace I can buy the water jugs that the LFS's carry, for cheaper than the LFS (Both want around $10/each for the jugs)?
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About 5 gallons, to move water from store to home. What you would use to move RO water from the LFS to your house if you didn't have a filter. Opaque white, with a screw on top...
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