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Old 08-16-2011, 02:31 PM   #61
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i like to use reef grade salts because my reefs rely on water changes for trace element replenishment and i want my new water to be close to NSW as possible. while instant ocean is "safe" to use, it's about the furthest from natural sea water and will need some supplementation.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:33 PM   #62
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Oh...very interesting, do most LFS carry these brands? Are they much more expensive? I don't mind cost since i will be dropping a few pennies into the hobby...might as well get the most out of it.
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yes, most stores carry those, or a reasonable facsimile. for a fish only or FOWLR, i would definitely suggest IO.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:41 PM   #64
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Well for the first 3-6 months i would like to do FOWLR to build hopefully a stable system then eventually switch to corals, anenomes and all the fun stuff...

I mean does that sound like a good plan? Is there a better way to do it?
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sounds good to me..just remember to purchase only reef safe critters in the beginning. once they are in there, they can be a real pain to get out.
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:47 PM   #66
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I've been doing alot of research...i had a great stocklist of all the things i wanted to ask you guys about...but left it in my pocket and put it through the wash...DOH!!! lol. I do know i would like a bunch of skunk cleaner shrimp and the blood fire shrimp i think they are called...i really like them both. Please tell me they are ok...lol
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Old 08-16-2011, 02:51 PM   #67
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I'll have to re-write the list and run it by you...is there any good website that has an extensive list of corals and anenome I don't know the names just what they look like for now...lol. Sorry...such a beginner...
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Old 08-16-2011, 03:10 PM   #68
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Try Aquarium Fish: Tropical Freshwater Fish and Saltwater Fish for Home Aquariums. they have all the requirements and other info for most any fish, coral and invert.
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Do you think i could have those two shrimp in my tank?
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Oh nice, that makes it easier, i always forget about that site.

I'll post my potential stock list a little later after work and tell me what you guys and gals think so i can prepare now.
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