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Old 08-20-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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So what next?

I got the framing built on the stand and the pluming is run. I didn't glue it together yet. And I still need to put my baffles in. Obviously I want to finish the stand asap so I can get it into the right room. But I was wondering what you guys thought I should with my next pay check? I still need skimmer, rodi, lighting, etc.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:20 PM   #2
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If I had a choice I would vote for the ro/di and a refractometer. About $100 total. The lighting will be a big expense so you might wanna start saving for it.

How big is your tank? Are you intending on corals and if so when?
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:33 PM   #3
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Well I have had salt water before so I do have some of testing stuff. I am not entirely sure what kind of livestock I wanna do yet and that will determine if I go reef or not. It's a 90 gallon... Whoops I forgot to post the pics. But if I do go reef it won't be for at least a few months. But where could I find an rodi unit for $100
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:35 PM   #4
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There we go. I plan on do a dsb on the right and the skimmer in between the pump and intake
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:44 PM   #5
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This is the one I and many others use
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It;s only $69 free shipping too. The thing I like about it is it's portable so you can hook it up to your garden hose or faucet, make the amount you need and then stow it away til next time.

I have the $30 refractometer which I have found invaluable, not sure if you still have one or not.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:07 PM   #6
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Perfect. That's a big help. Are there all the replaceable filters and what not availible for it. Have you had any luck other eBay items?? Powerheads lighting things like that? I do have a hydrometer would like get a better one though
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The company on ebay for the ro/di units sells replacement filters for each of their units. They run from $19 up to $34 I think. A tds meter for like $15 willt ell you when you have to replace your filters. the website says the time frame you get from each filter cartridge.

I bought this refractometer and it has proven to be very accurate and I've seen the same model on websites for $50.

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I've bought things here and there on ebay, just be sure to use a credit card in case of a shady seller. i havent been out any money in years. depedningon what you are looking for I can probably find a online store for it so just ask. I spend hours each day browsing and researching as I have 9 tanks now.
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Well you certainly know what your doing. It helps alot. But what do you use for salt mix?
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When I started I used regular instant ocean. Since I have a lot of corals now I use instant ocean reef crystals. Everyone has their own favorites, so the best advice is to start simple and maybe try other kinds til you find the one you like. I buy in 200g boxes as it's only $47 adn it gives you enough time to determine if you like it or not.
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Sounds good. Any recommendations on a good skimmer that's not $500? Thanks again
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