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Old 09-03-2011, 07:07 PM   #1
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Thirty Gallon Build!!!

I have just bought some things from amazon for my 30 gal. I bought a saltwater test kit, hydrometer, and digital thermometer. I know it's not much, but its a start. I am going to buy salt soon and base rock when i start the cycle. It's going to be a fowlr in the beginning and transition into a reef. I was told by my lfs that instead of the sump I built, I should use a filter called CPR. It looked like it would be efficient but im not sure. Has anyone used this? And any startup suggestions? Thanks!
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Old 09-04-2011, 01:23 AM   #2
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I would get a couple pounds of LR to seed the base rock and help u out alot in your cycle. You could run the sumpa and the cpr? Never heard of CPR but Im not sure there is anything better than a sump. . Good Luck!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:22 AM   #3
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Thanks and the reason I don't want the sump is that it was super noisy ( as it's him homemade by a fourteen year old lol), it's a ten gallon so its not going to help much, and it doesnt fit all too well. It does work though. It was much better than my emperor 400 filter ( made by marineland) but it was compromised by the cons posted above. And for the live rock, is was also going to buy maybe 5 pounds of rock? Not sure if that is too little. Here us what I bought, I think it was priced decently as I have seen test kits go for a lot more...
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Old 09-08-2011, 12:40 AM   #4
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Test kits came in today.. Making me more excited of starting up the aquarium. I reads ammo, nitrite, nitrate, and ph. Enough for now or do I need master kit?
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:45 AM   #5
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Is it high range ph? Thst what you need for sw.....
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:58 AM   #6
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CPR is a brand of sump. I have one, also the part that sits into the tank and pulls the water down to the sump is made by cpr..... I love it! I started out with a 30 gallon and a canister filter.... the sump is much better and easier (IMO) Also it gives you more water volume which makes the parameters easier to keep
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It is high ph and I dont think we have the same thing ibannie. I saw a pic of it and it is definitely an HOB. The one I will be getting is called CPR bakpack 2 reefready +2 I think. I will find a pic soon. It's on amazon and marinedepot.com
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:43 AM   #8
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Heres some pics...
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Old 09-08-2011, 05:46 PM   #9
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yup different...sorry!
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Old 09-08-2011, 08:42 PM   #10
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Lol no problem! from the reviews I read, the only cons of it are micro bubbles and noise. It will be in my basement so noise isn't a problem and there are bubble traps specifically made for it.

On a side note, my hydrometer came in... Nothing special lol
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