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Old 09-06-2012, 07:57 AM   #11
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Yes same chem but different chart You can try writing the company and asking for a salt water chart
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:13 AM   #12
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Wow them tanks look really cool, nice job!
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:23 PM   #13
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Thanks for the comments .
I'm a little out of my element with salt but I'm learning.
Now I just have to find out my tank's 'personality'
Then I can get corals and fish to match.
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:14 PM   #14
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Dude, there is no out of your element. An aquarium is an aquarium, the principles are basically the same. It just becomes slightly more complex since you are wanting corals. Allow me be the first to say "duncan". Very nice btw.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #15
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you have to admit compared to fresh, salt has many more parameters.
i just have to get familiar with them.

OK, just purchased a RO/DI unit i will mount on my wall and prepare my salt mixture 24 hrs in advance. right now i don't have it so i use PRIME in my water changes.

ANOTHER QUESTION.
i have a brown algae outbreak when i added the 'purple up'
i got tons of purple on the rocks but now i have brown on the rocks and sand.
i took a clean toothbrush to brush the rocks, and i am leaving my light off at the moment, i don't have fish so i should be able to get rid of it.
i want to hold off on doing any more water changes till i get my RODI unit.

or is brown algae a good sign when breaking in a new tank?
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:30 PM   #16
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Possibly diatoms. They would be normal and will go away once the silicates in the tank ate consumed. You are taking all the right steps though if out is something else feeding of of your tap water.
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:59 PM   #17
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thats what i was thinking.
it looks like cinnamon was sprinkled on my rocks and gravel.
i assume it will go away when it starves itself to death.
i also moved all my circulators to point at the sand and rocks to make sure there are no dead spots.

i'm dying to add more pics but it's a waiting game now.
i just added another battery backup for the salt tank.
i keep a backup on each tank so when the power goes out i have a few hours of filtration, before the generator kicks in.

i like to have backups of backups of backups, lol
my fish live better than i do!
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I'd do the same if I could. I have brownouts all the time that turn my PHs in reverse. Very annoying. And when I lost power for 12 hours from a tornado I had 1 acro die and another that I thought was dead but later found some meat left on the bone. Backups and a generator will be something to add once I buy a house.
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here is one more battery backup
there is no load registering on this so it should last over 2 hours.
all i will run is my AC110 and 2 circulators


MACRO Algae is here!!! time to give it a new home in my AC110
hopefully this will out compete for food and starve all the algae in my tank.


slowly the pieces are comming together!
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since my piece of chaeto is so big, light only hits the top half the bundle while it's in the refug, the bottom half is dark. is this ok? or will the dark half die off.
if so i'll have to double my light source.
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