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Old 06-30-2011, 03:41 AM   #21
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Hydor makes a great product, yes, a set of powerheads from them will put a significant dent in your $250, but they are more than worth it. Ask your mom to search for "Hydor Koralia 1" on eBay, they are part of the older line-up before Hydor re-branded all of the models. The 1's put off about 400gph IIRC and two of them, in combination with your filter, should give you about all of the water movement you should need if you decide you want a reef, otherwise one should do the trick.

I recommend you get a light fixture actually meant for use in aquaria. I would worry about that light falling into the water, or salt creep corroding the contacts causing the fixture to short. If you plan on getting coral, look into FishNeedIt.com light fixtures, they are cheap and work great, otherwise any old fixture will work, just make sure it's safe for aquaria.

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Hydor makes a great product, yes, a set of powerheads from them will put a significant dent in your $250, but they are more than worth it. Ask your mom to search for "Hydor Koralia 2" on eBay, they are part of the older line-up before Hydor re-branded all of the models. The 2's put off about 400gph IIRC and two of them, in combination with your filter, should give you about all of the water movement you should need if you decide you want a reef, otherwise one should do the trick.

I recommend you get a light fixture actually meant for use in aquaria. I would worry about that light falling into the water, or salt creep corroding the contacts causing the fixture to short. If you plan on getting coral, look into FishNeedIt.com light fixtures, they are cheap and work great, otherwise any old fixture will work, just make sure it's safe for aquaria.

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Hahaha thanks. and I don't think I'm going to intentionally get coral but if I find some and it starts to grow, then I will most deff upgrade. And Thanks for the advice about the power heads. Do I need a protein skimmer? I don't want to buy if it's not a necessity, ya know? :/
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Without coral, you really don't need a skimmer. Even if you had coral, I would say you could scrape by on weekly water changes as long as you didn't slack off.
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Old 06-30-2011, 10:12 AM   #24
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Cheapest place I found mine as on amazon
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I'm going to the store later. What do you recommend that I get?
Get a new test kit. If the ammonia result seems to be incorrect, you need to retest with a fresh kit.
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Get a new test kit. If the ammonia result seems to be incorrect, you need to retest with a fresh kit.
I bought a new test kit. And a 300 watt heater. Is that good?
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Really? Can you give me an approximation of how much?
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Without coral, you really don't need a skimmer. Even if you had coral, I would say you could scrape by on weekly water changes as long as you didn't slack off.
Ok. Cool. If and when it's necessary, I'll look for one then but all the ones around here at my lfs are at least $150.
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It took 3 days for the water in my 90g to clear take the cartriges out of your HOB (save them for after the cycle) and put some poly-fill in there it will filter the silt out of your water and you can rinse and reuse
I dont run a skimmer on my tank BUT i do a 25g PWC every sunday my trates never get over .5
I have a Potters Angle, Royal gramma, a clown and two gobies and 1/2 doz. SPS coral Test your water then ask the LFS to test the same water this will give you a base line to follow or show if your kit is outa wack Good luck
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It took 3 days for the water in my 90g to clear take the cartriges out of your HOB (save them for after the cycle) and put some poly-fill in there it will filter the silt out of your water and you can rinse and reuse
I dont run a skimmer on my tank BUT i do a 25g PWC every sunday my trates never get over .5
I have a Potters Angle, Royal gramma, a clown and two gobies and 1/2 doz. SPS coral Test your water then ask the LFS to test the same water this will give you a base line to follow or show if your kit is outa wack Good luck
you might want to look at this
http://cgi.ebay.com/Hydor-Koralia-Ev...item4153d051a7
Thanks so much for the info. I'm deff gonna look into the eBay PH. And yeah. I'm just a little impatient. Compared to 18 hours ago the water is 110% better. Here is what it looks like now after like 34 hours of filtration. I don't have any poly-fil, any other suggestions?
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