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Old 12-22-2004, 01:39 PM   #1
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Newbie with Questions!

I am new to this and I am sure I will have a bunch of questions, but for now, just one.

We are setting up a 54 FOWLR gallon corner unit. We are currently reading the Conscientious Aquarist and in the planning and purchasing stage. We have not purchased a hydrometer yet and after reading these threads I am wondering if we should skip the hydrometer and just buy a refractometer. Is it necessary to have both? Is the refractometer difficult to learn to use? What brand name do you recommend and where can I find one for $40 as mentioned here? The prices on the net seem to be a lot higher than that. We will be buying premade salt water from the LFS.

Here is what I have so far:

54 gallon AGA corner tank and stand
Eheim canister filter (2215 I think)
Aqua C Remora skimmer
(3) Maxi1200 Power heads
100 pounds of Tropical Play Sand
20-30 pounds of Live Rock (pre-purchased to be picked up later)

The type of fish we are interested in:
Percula Clown
Jewel Damsel or Domino
Strawberry Gamma
Green Mandarin Dragonet
Purple Tang or Yellow Tang



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Old 12-22-2004, 01:45 PM   #2
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Oops, almost forgot, I have a submersible heater as well.


54G AGA Corner Tank
Eheim 2215 Canister Filter (w/ live rock rubble in it)
3 Maxijet 1200 Power Heads
Aqua C Remora Protein Skimmer
Acqua C Remora Pre-Skimmer
75 pounds Live Rock
30" 2x65w Coralife Lunar Aqualights
Diatom Filter
Turbo Twist UV

2 Percula Clowns, Diamond Golby, Flame Angel, Royal Gramma, Lawnmower Blenny, PPmint shrimp, 3 emerald crabs and a huge cleaning crew (snails and crabs)
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:05 PM   #3
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You do not need a hydrometer if you have a refractometer. www.drsfostersmith.com and www.diyreef.com has refractometers for less than $40.
*26 freshwater*
2x Sunburst Platys (2M, 2F) // 3x Neon Tetras (?) // 2x Cherry Barbs (1M, 1F) // 2x YoYo Loaches (?) // 1x Bushy Nose Pleco (M) // 1x Clown Pleco (?) //

*15H marine*
-30# Live Rock
-Mixed Snails (Nassarius // Cerith // Astrea // Black Turbo // Mexican Turbo)
-8x Blue Leg Hermit Crabs // 1x Banded Serpent Star // 1x Cleaner Shrimp
-1x Royal Gramma // 1x Percula Clownfish
-2x Mushroom Leather // Metallic Green Star Polyps // Pulsing Xenia // Striped Xenia // Blue Mushroom
-Remora + Maxi-Jet 1200 // 2x Maxi-Jet 600 // Maxi-Jet 400 // Visi-Therm Deluxe 50 // Current USA Orbit 2x 40w PC
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