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Old 11-17-2004, 02:00 PM   #11
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If you're going cheap, get a swing-arm hydrometer. Doesn't have the same accuracy of a refractometer, but its really not bad. Stay away from the floating type hydrometer (looks like a thermoeter with a skinny stick on top). They're rather hard to read, and impossible to use when mixing salt outside the aquarium, unless you have transparent buckets

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Old 11-18-2004, 04:09 PM   #12
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ok here is some sound advice....... don't overdo it your first time in.

This is my first time keeping a reef too(3 months so far) and the guy who owns the store I go to gave me that advice. I went in trying to throw down some money the very first day on an impulse.... i was going to get a 75 gal pre-drilled stainless steel bowfront...... instead I bought a 20H. The best advice I have gotten so far as far as corals or anything has been to not go crazy your first time in, start small and learn.

Right now I've got a 20H with good lighting, good filtration, the right amount of live rock and live sand, great flow, and stable temperature. I'm learning just like anyone else would be at 3 months, but I like the fact that I chose to go with the 20 gallon my first go round.

So I don't have any advice on corals or lighting or anything (there are many people here that can do a better job at that than I ever could), but taking it easy your first time in is the way to go IMO.

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