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Old 12-19-2006, 02:21 PM   #31
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You could probably remove it and replace it with some LR rubble. If you get 1.5-2 Lbs of rock per gallon, you can skip the filter.
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:02 AM   #32
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Ok so I got back from the pet store and they said that everything they tested was high, and I needed to do a 35-40% water change. I will be doing that tomorrow. is there a step by step guide here?

and also The live rock at the top has started growing green hair...is this normal or should I do something else with it?


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Old 12-28-2006, 11:08 AM   #33
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That hair algae will get out of control if you don't get your phosphates/nitrAtes down, by doing a PWC.
This is how I premix my water, (you should let it aerate for at least 24 hours).
Friday-add salt/water/heater/ph
Saturday-test salinity and adjust, if needed
Sunday-remove old walter, clean filter and other equipment and add new SW
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:19 AM   #34
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thanks for the tip! is there anything that I can do to get rid of the algae that is there or will it go away with the water change?
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Mel likes to use a toothbrush strapped to the end of the siphon, Hara likes to pull it out manually. Really it is an indication of excess nutrience in the water. I would do PWCs, maybe about twic a week and see where that gets you. Have you tested your source water?
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Old 12-28-2006, 11:57 AM   #36
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how would i test the source water? I got it from the tap and its been sitting outside for a week. I haven't put any water in the tank other than what i took out

this is what i have in my chopping cart so far, have I missed anything else I need?

Item # Description Price Qty Subtotal
CD-907026 Master Liquid Test Kit Saltwater $13.69 x = $13.69
CD-967104 Special Grade Reef Sand 40 lbs $31.99 x = $31.99
CD-14035 Portable Refractometer 0-100 ppt salinity and 1.000-1.070 specific gravity $41.99 x = $41.99
CD-18715 Stealth Heater 250W $17.69 x = $17.69
Subtotal = $105.36
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Your source water can be tested with your Master Liquid Test Kit Saltwater, I would check for ammonia and nitrAtes. You might want to get a phosphate test kit and check your source water with that as well. NitrAtes and phosphates will fuel hair algae. That list looks good.
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Ok this is what I ordered! thank for the help guys, im sure I'll be back when it gets here!

Item # Description Price Qty Subtotal
CD-604047 Titanium Probe Grounding Probe $13.59 x = $13.59
CD-907026 Master Liquid Test Kit Saltwater $13.69 x = $13.69
CD-967104 Special Grade Reef Sand 40 lbs $31.99 x = $31.99
CD-14035 Portable Refractometer 0-100 ppt salinity and 1.000-1.070 specific gravity $41.99 x = $41.99
CD-18715 Stealth Heater 250W $17.69 x = $17.69
CD-27184 Phosphate Test Kit 150 Tests $5.99 x = $5.99

Subtotal = $124.94
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Nice catch on the Titanium Probe Grounding Probe!
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lol I actually just placed it and caught the power head too! There is an $8 off coupon that I found online as well if anyone is buying something!!

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6) CD-18715 Stealth Heater 250W

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7) CD-27184 Phosphate Test Kit 150 Tests

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