Originally Posted by RHINO13
Also my temp has never been stable do to a bad heater that never worked(im waiting for them to ship me a new one,local fish store wont exchange.)
Like Lando mentioned, if you spent over $500 with that LFS
, and they wouldn't swap that heater right then and there for you, find another fish store. That's ridiculous.
Mixing the first batch of salt water in the tank is just fine, but as Roka mentioned, once you start doing partial water changes after your cycle is done, premix the salt and water in a separate bucket/tub/holding tank for at least 24 hours. You're going to want another heater and powerhead for your mixing/storage container.
And don't forget... when you notice your water level going down due to evaporation, add NON-saltwater. Either add distilled water, or RO
water, or treated (dechlorinated) tap water. "Topping off" is done with plain water, water changes are done with salt water. Seems that many people overlook this little tidbit of info and top off with salt water which in time will increase the salinity levels and cause you major problems.
Powerhead brand? I'd go with Maxijets. Low power consumtpion for a lot of flow, inexpensive, and reliable from my experience. Not sure the gph
on that canister filter, but most likely you'll want at least one powerhead positioned opposite of the canister filter outlet, shooting across the flow from the canister... kind of an "x" pattern. You might want another powerhead depending on your rock arrangement once you get it in there.
Personally... I'd make a list over the next week or two of hardware you're going to want to buy. Trust me... you'll realize more stuff in the weeks to come. Then buy online. Online prices are literally 1/2 of what you'll pay in the LFS
. And that includes shipping. Try DrsFosterSmith as mentioned earlier, or marinedepot.com, or premiumaquatics.com. I've used them all and would use them again. There are others out there too, but those are just the ones I have first-hand knowledge of and would recommend.