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Old 10-05-2004, 04:48 PM   #11
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So I start calling around and now I'm finding out that I can get Distilled or RO. which is better?

As far as adding sand. If I'm going to add live sand, then I need to have the water in first and have the salt mix correct, right?

Jeeze this is a lot of work!!!

So I'm thinking I'll start out with crushed coral ~40 pounds, add the water, add the salt, then once it is dissolved then add 20 pounds of Live sand. Minimizing the amount of overflow from the coral, and having saltwater ready for the live sand.

Then... add some live rock and let it cycle.

I don't know what I'm doing, help me, Please!
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Old 10-05-2004, 04:58 PM   #12
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RO is the way to go, distilled if RO not available. Opinions vary as to the use of so-called 'live sand.' Basically if you use regular playsand, once you put your LR in there, the sand becomes 'live' after a while. But yes, if you plan to add pre-packaged live sand, then salt up half a tank of water, then add the LS. I would stay away from the CC as this can potentially lead to 'dead pockets' (search for more on that here). Other than that yup, once it is stabilized, add the LR and let it cycle. I would make up a batch of SW in a brand new clean container so that when you place the rocks in the tank (obviously you want to work with just the half tank of water), you can then top off the tank with the pre-made mix.

Yes, it is a lot of work, but if you are committed, it is also enjoyable especially when you add your first specimen HTH

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Old 10-05-2004, 05:01 PM   #13
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for a 60 gallon tank, you would be better off getting a small R/O unit. much more cost effective.
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Old 10-05-2004, 06:48 PM   #14
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The water might be cheaper out of the machines than in the jug--it's RO only, not ro/DI. I pay 30 cents a gallon at the grocery store.

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