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Old 03-10-2007, 11:32 PM   #21
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should i buy my LR at the LFS or order it online somewhere? and can you guys give me some reccomendations on where to get the sand, powerheads, skimmers, and most immportantly the cheapest place to get the salt.

and also can i use a different filter method seeing as 75 pounds of LR will get pretty darn pricey
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Old 03-10-2007, 11:51 PM   #22
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Without a skimmer you would need something to remove DOC's like a filter with GAC or some other sort of filtration.
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You don't have to buy all 75 lbs as LR...you can buy base rock which is much less expensive. You will only need a little bit of LR to seed the base rock, it will become LR as time goes by. I strongly recomend a skimmer as one source of filtration! The LR will take care of the rest once it is established. The stuff can get very very expensive, but if you look around and check online you can save a lot of money!
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This hobby is expensive. Think long and hard before jumping into it -- know exactly what you will need to buy (don't go cheap) and what you will continue to buy.
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Old 03-11-2007, 11:29 AM   #25
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should i buy my LR at the LFS or order it online somewhere? and can you guys give me some reccomendations on where to get the sand, powerheads, skimmers, and most immportantly the cheapest place to get the salt.

and also can i use a different filter method seeing as 75 pounds of LR will get pretty darn pricey
http://www.drsfostersmith.com is a good place to buy most everything...I just spent over $500 there last week buying sand, salt, ph's, heaters, thermometers, test kits, ect. They ship pretty fast & it doesn't cost a ton of money for shipping.

http://marcorocks.com/ is a great place to buy your base rock from. I just got in 100 lbs last week & it is awesome. Quite a few others here have also bought their base from them. I might not be exactly right, but if I were you I'd buy 75 lbs or so of base & get around 20 to 30 lbs of lr for it.

Hope that helps some.
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I also bought 150 LBs from marcorock, and love it.
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I just want to add something about hydrometers since there has been a lot of talk about them in this thread. Hydrometers are ok, some may be better than others, but you need to do a few things. 1 Season the hydrometer. Soak it in SW for a day or so. 2. Use the eraser of a pencil, etc. to knock off any micro-bubbles on the swing arm before taking a reading. 3 Use a level surface when taking a reading. 4 Always wash them w/ fresh water after use. 5 Replace them every few months. Past 6 months, they are useless IME. Because of that, overtime a refractometer may be cheaper, and it will definitely be easier to use and more accurate.
FWIW I tested two Instant Ocean brand hydrometers and both were only off by .001 -and that is exactly the margin of error they advertise. Not bad IMO.
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Mine was .005 off. That is a good idea to clean it off after use. If you leave it in the aquarium, they tend to get aldae on them ond other stuff, which makes them inaccurate. I do love my refractometer, much easier to use and quick.
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Thanks for all your advice guys, I'm going to one of the 2 LFS's to get a list of everything that i can get there and prices. If i decide to definitely jump into a saltwater tank i will be buying everything in 2 weeks.
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I find drsfosterandsmith.com are a lot cheaper than my LFS, they have great prices and low shipping.
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