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Old 06-16-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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New to the forum, new to salt.

So I have been a freshwater junkie for awhile. Now its time to get into salt. I have my 75g all cleaned up, new filters in my Emperor 400 and penguin 200. Now what? Lol. My LFS says I have everything I need to get started, just need to go buy the water, salinity tester, and pick out what type of sand/gravel. 2 different LFS have told me 2 different ways to start the tank. 1 says set it all up, wait for water to clear and add a couple of damsels then wait 4-6 weeks for the spike and things should be fine after that. #2 says set it all up, add a few clowns or something hardy and add Turbo Start to start adding fish after a couple of weeks. What do you all think? Any advise would be awesome!
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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You need to pick up an ro/di unit for water. It's handy and will pay for itself in the long run. Then pick up your rock and sand. Don't listen to your live fish store, that's a fish in cycle an it's cruel to the fish. Put some raw shrimp, 3-4 pieces and let it break down. It will cycle your tank.
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What does the ro/di unit do?
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Gets rid of everything in the water. It saved you money and heartbreak in the future. Removes coper, dissolved solids. TSI all the bad stuff. Btw, if you have any questions while setting this up, cycling, lights ect. Just shot me a pm and I'll be happy to help
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What does the ro/di unit do?
http://www.bulkreefsupply.com/bulk-r...d-systems.html

http://youtu.be/ihuHUiE6r0k
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Is that used with a sump system? I'm planning on just running HOB filters.
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Old 06-16-2013, 06:41 PM   #7
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Nah, you hook it up to a faucet or pipes and it filters water to put in your main tank.
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I know it sounds lazy, but can I buy my mixed water from LFS? They sell it cheap enough and I don't have to worry about over mixing
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Sure, that would work. I think wal-mart sells it too
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The LFS I use, mixes their own, runs it through the Ro/di. And does UV. Sells it for $4 for 5 gallons
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