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Old 06-23-2013, 08:36 AM   #51
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My advice Find another fish store. Bulk reef supply has one of the better RO/DI units around. If you use tap water you will get get algae phosphates and who knows what else. Cycling you can use a shrimp or pure ammonia to dose and start the cycle.
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Old 06-23-2013, 07:28 PM   #52
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My advice Find another fish store. Bulk reef supply has one of the better RO/DI units around. If you use tap water you will get get algae phosphates and who knows what else. Cycling you can use a shrimp or pure ammonia to dose and start the cycle.
Here's a series of articles that will help you out a lot
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I second that. A person that instructs you to kill fish in order to dive into a hobby that promotes learning to keep things alive and saving reefs is just whacky!
That store is about the bottom line.
I also concur with the R.O.D.I. unit. There is no way that person can tell you what exactly is in your water.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:01 PM   #53
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I think that a lot of fish stores still sell customers on the damsel cycling idea. I've always wondered if its about making a couple of bucks or just ignorance of alternate methods. I'm not sure I would not use them, but I sure would not ask them for advice (or listen when they offer it).
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Old 06-23-2013, 11:46 PM   #54
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Thanks everyone!

We are mixing the salt water as we speak. I put 5 gallons down in the sump and it almost made it to the water line. Just mixing the rest in the tank before sand or rock goes in. A little nervous about turning on the pump. I fear everything is gonna runn out the bottom and flood my house! How full does the tank need to be before I start it up?
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Old 06-24-2013, 12:20 AM   #55
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How do I get the bulkhead to stick to the side of the tank? I assumed it was gonna suction, but its not working.....
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You mean one of these?

If so, it screws together with the gasket on the inside of the tank.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:01 AM   #57
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@ Mr X: No, not the bulkhead...I said the wrong thing...realized it once I crawled in bed. I was talking about the powerhead.
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How do I get the bulkhead to stick to the side of the tank? I assumed it was gonna suction, but its not working.....
It's probably a combo of magnet & suction. It probably won't seem like it'll come apart but if you see 2 rubber tabs coming off the edge of the part that sticks to the tank, they probably come apart & the magnets are quite strong! I needed a butter knife to pry them apart.
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You are right, Tango, it is a magnet. I have pried and prodded, and am pretty sure I am missing the other magnet that would go outside the tank.
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:22 PM   #60
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Everyone: I'm all set up. water is flowing nicely...lots of rock and more on the way.

Did a water test today just to see what the numbers are. Don't know where they should be on a new tank. I guess I need to test the salinity too but don't know how. I have one of those refractometers (I think that is what it is called) Can someone tell me how to use it please?
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