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Old 02-04-2013, 06:36 AM   #11
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I don't recall you saying what substrate you plan on using, but I wouldn't use gravel in SW. The pieces are too big and it's impossible to get really clean. That will result in a nitrate issue for you down the line. Sand or barebottom would be better than gravel.
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Old 02-04-2013, 07:25 AM   #12
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Yes, when it comes to substrate it's all about surface area. You could use a combination with gravel but it's for a an older tank that has the needed bacteria to establish adequate bio-filtration. I can snap some pictures for you when I'm home from work.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:17 PM   #13
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Bio wheel filters can often get stuck by the salt drying and then stopping
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #14
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As promised pictures of the hydor pumps I bought and a picture of the a stablished sand/gravel substrate mix.
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Old 02-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #15
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Now I just need to attach the pictures this time
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:33 AM   #16
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Don't bother with a hydrometer ( idk if someone else said this) but get a refractometer
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Old 02-05-2013, 02:43 AM   #17
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I hope you have like 5 more of those 425's coming... You will notice nearly no flow with those in a 40. Hell, I have one in my 20 long and I wish I would have gone with a 1050.

My 20 long now has a korilia #3 and the 425 on it. Still think I could put a #2 on it and take out the small pumps...
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:38 AM   #18
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I'll keep that in mind, good thing they are just to induce an ebb and flow in the tanks. I have a much larger pump powering the whole system.
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