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Old 02-22-2005, 01:16 PM   #11
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Yep, we did get the Oceanic. We have to go take back our crushed coral anyhow, so we can return the salt as well for something better. We do have a thermometer and hydrometer.

Another question we have is will the "hitchhikers" on our live rock survive the cycling process? Because we are planning on cycling the tank with a mixture of base/live rock (probably about half and half, 70 - 75 lbs total rock). I don't want our little critters to die, though, if we get any.

Any idea why we can find LR online for like $2.50/lb, but all the LFS sell it for $7+? Even with shipping it's cheaper online. Anyone ever have luck finding decently priced LR from a LFS?

We tried looking for silica-free sand yesterday and had no luck. It looks like this stuff is hard to come by. HD had none, neither did Lowes, wally world, LFS, even hobby lobby. Ugh I don't wanna pay $25 / 10 lbs of LS.
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Old 02-22-2005, 11:25 PM   #12
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"Any idea why we can find LR online for like $2.50/lb,"

hmm, maybe around $3/lb http://www.marinedepotlive.com/lr.html or http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...359323788&rd=1

"I don't want our little critters to die, though, if we get any."

Have a tub of change water ready, to save them you'll need to do frequent water changes.

Did you call local Home depots and have them check the SKU? The HD SKU for Old Castle Tropical is 578-819 - only works for HD I think. They may be able to tell you nearest store that has it.

"Ugh I don't wanna pay $25 / 10 lbs of LS."
I don't blame you, that stuff is worthless. Buy dry sand, it will turn live from your LR. Check this post (pretty long) and see if anyone in your area has found some, maybe someone can ship you a bag.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...asc&highlight=
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Old 02-23-2005, 11:48 PM   #13
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Woohoo! Got the Yard Right sand tonight. Hope 120 pounds is going to be enough. We did run into a small snag, though. Looks like the plae where we want the tank is just sightly not level...but with only a couple of gallons of water in the tank you can see there's a diference in water level.

Think this spells disaster at some point?

Anyhow, the sand is going in tomorrow and the shipment comes in on Friday...we're excited!
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Old 02-24-2005, 03:31 AM   #14
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Think this spells disaster at some point?
What is the difference in each side? IMO, each side should be within 1/4 inch of the other. Higher and it stresses the tank unevenly and can lead to fractures, leaks. Try to shim it or level it, be worth the time spent in long run.
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Old 02-24-2005, 01:30 PM   #15
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Well it's the floor that's unlevel, not the tank apparently. Taking measurements inside and out of the tank, everything is the exact same on both sides, and a level shows it to be the same inside the tank as on top of the stand. We put the level on the floor and it was the same amount lopsided, so... must be the floor. It's only off by a little bit. the tank is 48" long, and the water is higher on one side by 1/2" more than the other. Do you think putting a towel or something along those lines under the one side of the stand would help? That way it's part of the surface underneath the stand and not something it's trying to balance on with all the weight. and hopefully it would give just enough added height to the one side to make it level. That was my idea anyhow
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I don't know the best method for "shiming" it. Maybe someone else will chime in. I do think you absolutely have to address that though, IMO. I hope it works out for you..
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Where did you find the yardright sand?
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Old 02-25-2005, 08:39 PM   #18
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One of the Reef guys from around here apparently ordered a couple of PALLETS straight from the manufacturer. He has it in Dallas and makes trips up there and brings it down here (Austin area). Anyhow, we got 3 40lb bags for $45.
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