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Old 05-27-2009, 04:40 PM   #11
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When you say a ph what do you mean exactly?
I believe they are referring to a power head and not the actual pH in the tank.
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Old 05-27-2009, 04:45 PM   #12
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Ah Thanks! I gotta learn a whole new set of abbreviations and acronyms now!

For the RO water. Should I use only RO water to set up the tank as well as for PWC's?

Also, It is safe to do a fishless cycle with the LR? And do I need a new test kit?
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Initial setup will be with salt water of your targetted SG. Do you have a hydrometer or preferably a refractometer?

Yes, definitely the safest approach to cycling a tank.
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Initial setup will be with salt water of your targetted SG. Do you have a hydrometer or preferably a refractometer?
I have neither yet. I haven't looked into pricing/availability at my store yet so I have not decided which I will purchase.

A week from this friday I get paid and goto my store to get some kind of substrate, Maybe five-ten pounds of LR. A refractometer or hyrdromter and salt. I'm also gonna grab new supplies for my filter to make sure there is nothing transfering over from the last tank. During the next week I'm going to clean out my 10g with some bleach so its completely sterilized.

When cycling, assuming my other tanks is disease free (which to my knowledge it is) could I use the media to seed my salt tank or is that a bit risky?
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Moving substrate or media from a freshwater tank won't do you any good cycling wise unfortunately. If you can afford to, go for the refractometer. It's one of the best investments I've made.They are much more accurate than the hydrometers.

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I'll be taking pics of the whole set up and I'll start a log in a few weeks!

The live rock will be good and seeded though as it will be coming out of our tanks at the store anyway. That is assuming I can cycle with LR in the tank?
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Yep, cycle with the LR.
Get the refracto...the hydro is temp sensitive and if the water is cold will give you false readings.
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Another thing to add, maybe someone here can chime in on this, but I think you will need a Marine Test Kit. I don't think you can use the FW test kit. But I could be wrong. Am I correct in that you need to use a SW test kit for all the tests?
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Thanks! I'm glad that got thrown in I would have got some weird test results I'm sure!
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