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Old 10-08-2010, 09:19 PM   #11
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Since you're so far from a pet store, you should consider doing a google search and trying to find a reef club in your area. I have found that my local reef club has quite a few people that will sell you rock, fish, corals, etc at much better prices. Ours in Des Moines has a website & forum for buying & selling, and I've used that extensively. I recently got a 7" Magnificent Fox Face, 5" Sailfin Tang, 4" Scopas Tang, pair of Black & White Clowns, 3" Green Chromis, 2" Tailspot Blenny & a peppermint shrimp for $150). Another time I got 50-75 lbs of LR, a ton of corals, a damsel and 2 blennys for $180. Well worth checking into.

Also on the salt, I use Instant Ocean Reef Crystals for coral tanks and Sea Salt for FO/FOWLR and have no problems. Most any salt you get will be good, as long as you pick the right type.

For your RO system, I would suggest getting yourself a 20 or 32G Rubbermaid BRUTE trash can for holding the water. What I do is make it, mix it, and heat it in one location (basement utility room) and then when I do my PWC I put it in 5g Home Depot buckets (the orange ones) to transport them. They work awesome. I have 20 or 25 of them.
Good idea. There is a publication that comes out weekly in my area and I regularly see a person offering coral frags for sale. I haven't contacted him because I'm nowhere close to being able to buy coral, I don't think - yet. However, he may have some sort of network that I could plug into. You got some killer deals - You must have an awesome setup! Looking at the price of this live rock investment, it has crossed my mind to just buy someone's old/unwanted setup for the LR alone. At times, it seems more practical than cherry picking pieces from the fish shop. In that publication, I saw ad for 125 gallon complete SW setup for under $200. However, I recognized that I was too new at this to manage such a large tank with zero experience. The timing was bad but in the future I might take advantage of a deal like that but I can't imagine that kind of opportunity happens often. Later on, I'm going to ask about suppliments but I've got a lot to contend with - rethinking some of my equipment at this time.
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Old 10-08-2010, 09:27 PM   #12
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If your tank is on the same level that you filter your water on yuo can get one of those brute trash cans from a hardware store and they make wheels for them. I filter and mix mine in the can and then wheel it out to the tank. I even use the same pump for mixing with some flexible hose on the end to pump the water into the tank. No lifting, pouring, or cursing required.
LOL at the cursing. Thanks for the tip about the wheels and the pump - good to know.
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Thanks! I'm in Lake Ariel - closest city is Scranton, PA. The store I drive to is in Northhampton.
I'm right outside Wilkes-Barre. I go to Something Fishy in Northampton quite often. Todd and Veronica (the owners) are very nice and their store always has a great selection of fish and corals.
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I'm right outside Wilkes-Barre. I go to Something Fishy in Northampton quite often. Todd and Veronica (the owners) are very nice and their store always has a great selection of fish and corals.
I'm going there next weekend. Love that place!
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