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Old 08-23-2008, 05:09 PM   #21
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You can get Base Reef Rock from Ebay for about $1.50 per pound with shipping, out the door. Just use that and then all you need is one piece of Live Rock to seed all of your base rock. Figure 50-pounds of base rock will cost you about $75. then you can get a decent skimmer like the Octopus NW-110 for I am guessing about $125. So all you need to come up with for the rock and the skimmer is roughly $200. DO IT!!!
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Old 08-23-2008, 06:51 PM   #22
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$200. I can totally do that.

Do I need to cure and clean the baserock before adding it to the tank if there are no inhabitants? Is it better to do it all in a tub before adding it to the tank?
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Old 08-23-2008, 11:21 PM   #23
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It really depends on your base rock. The base rock I got from ebay had not actually been on a reef and in the ocean for about a million years, so I was able to put it right in the tank. Just for the heck of it, I did put it in a bucket with saltwater and a powerhead for a few days. Then I tested the water, everything was 0 as expected. However, if the rock was recently live and now is dry base rock, then you would have to be careful and cure the base rock first. I will see if I can find the person that I got mine from off ebay, if you got it from her too, you wouldn't have to cure it. As far as the skimmer I recommend this one as a good skimmer on a budget, for your 46-gallon tank. http://www.aquacave.com/octopus-nw-1...immer-750.html
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Old 08-24-2008, 01:37 PM   #24
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Nice! Thanks. .. will that work in a 10 gal sump or should I use a larger sump? I think I will have room for a larger one say 20 gal if I remove the shelf under the stand.

I keep working on the hubby...he has practically given me the ok without doing so directly so I think I will be on track for a winter time project with this.

So that means I can probably start buying the less expensive things and putting them in a box to get ready.

So any good recommendations on pumps or powerheads?
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Old 08-25-2008, 04:13 AM   #25
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Dont you already have pumps and powerheads from the FW that you can use in the start?
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Old 08-25-2008, 11:26 AM   #26
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Well I have a penguin 660 and then there is the HOT magnum filter that I have that although it is over 10 yrs old it still seems to work fine and might do better without media. I also have a small AC powerhead.

I do have a pump from a water fountain (of the small garden variety) that I will not be using outdoors now as the fountain broke. I am not sure how powerful it is though. And I have a magnum 350 that I retired from an old tank a while back....the media basket was destroyed but it may also work empty just as a pump so I welcome any thoughts on the stuff I already have.
I am currently trying to figure out how to set up the sump using the 10 gal tank I have. I saw another post with links to an overflow box from DFS for under $40 and I think it looks like an ideal way to get the water down there.

What say the experts?

The only other thing holding me back at the moment is the RO/DI issue since this will likely require my husbands involvement to install and that is usually where things break down. Not to mention I need to find a good one at the right price. But I am going to town and will price them at Lowes today. The other good thing with that is that it will be useful for more than just the fish tank so I think I can sell that idea fairly easily.
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You may need a powerhead and pump then, I can give you links later, I have to get to work now. But quickly I wanted to say that IMO the water units are Lowes are not good enough. Only for the reason that they are RO only and not RO/DI. At least thats how it was at my Lowes and Home Depot. I just used Distilled water from the grocery store for about 5-months and then I finally broke down and bought a RO/DI from ebay for under $200. They do have some on there that can be used as drinking water/RO water. Then you can direct the RO water through the extra "DI" chamber and make your RO/DI water for your reef tank. Maybe you can talk your husband into one like that.
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That sounds great. I talked to him about it a bit this morning and he really liked the idea of having one for our drinking water so I am sure if I can find a decent deal on ebay that would be awesome.
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If you can beleive it....my husband is already thinking ahead to the eventual upgrade to a larger tank.
Get this...we walked into the livingroom and he started looking all around and said....I need to make the house bigger so you can have a BIG tank. You will not be satisfied with the 46 for long honey but if you can make due with it maybe it can help you get started for a much bigger tank down the road when we have A ROOM for it.

You could knock me over with a feather.....my GOD I love that man! Then he talked about building an addition that is sort of a library/sitting room planned with plumbing in all the right places to make mainenance easy. drool....drool.

I guess I am lucky that he is a builder even if it is just in his spare time. I suppose this is his way of being involved in my hobby even if he is ambivalent about it at times....saying.....it serves no purpose other than the fact that I like it....apparently the fact that I like it is enough.

I am all confused and excited now. lol
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Nice! So are you going to skip on the 46 and go big?
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