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Old 08-16-2011, 12:37 PM   #51
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Kitchen!!! Noooo...no need for cabinets and new countertops...LOL. Oh ok, well I have a while before i buy serious lighting, what kinda of lighting is required for an initial FOWLR set up?
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none...or just the basic t8 tube setup that comes with aquarium setups is fine.
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Old 08-16-2011, 12:53 PM   #53
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Oh very nice...thanks alot.

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Old 08-16-2011, 01:06 PM   #54
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Carey, that is a big relief...It will be alot of trial and error before i get my set up up and going correctly...Do you suggest having a large container of mixed water ready to go or 5 gal jugs? In my mind i feel the large container with a power head and a bubble stone would be better...but i could be wrong.

I keep the 32g garbage can full of ro/di water and mix the day before I am doing a pwc. I keep the 4 5g jugs inside in a closet so I dont have to worry about running out. Keep in mind too that you need some unsalted water for top offs. I wouldnt mix salt water too far in advance either, not sure if it its a good thing.

I also have so many tanks that I need access to plain ole ro/di water. When I do my pico water changes I only need like a gallon and for my cube I use 3-4 gallons. For these tanks i just take out of the 32g can and mix inside the house in 5g buckets. When I do the 125g I start with a almost full 32g can and salt it outside and just fill up 5g buckets or use the pump.

The 5g jugs that I keep in the closet are more for protection if I need immediate water and I have an empty garbage can LOL
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Gotcha, ok here is a another silly question...How much salt do people usually mix with a 5 gal bucket of RO/DI water? Does it vary between salt brands? Is there a better brand of salt to use or is it just personal preference?
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you want to use a reef grade salt. it's going to mix closer to natural sea water. i don't know the exact measurements. i usually pour in some, let it mix, then check with a refractometer, pour a little more in...check again....
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Oh ok, i didnt know if you liked IO, reef crystals or any of them brands better....
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instant ocean is not a reef grade salt, so i wouldn't use that. reef crystals is ok though. oceanic, tropic marin, seachem reef salt, red sea coral pro, D&D ocean..any of those will work.
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Instant Ocean is perfectly fine to use and probably among the cheapest. I've been using regular Red Sea salt for close to 20 yrs.
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Interesting, what is the main difference in the brands, besides one being reef grade...what makes it reef grade?
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