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Old 03-16-2012, 07:28 PM   #51
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Picked up the last of the stuff to get this tank rolling.


Brute for water and pond pump for mixing

Idea I got from a member here. Two pieces of hose and a drill operated pump for getting the water from the brute to the tank.

Also picked up a bucket of salt.
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Old 03-17-2012, 01:55 AM   #52
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Tank is in the house and the 100lbs of PFS are in. Am filling the brute as we speak and hopefully be able to mix the salt tonight and put the first brute full in the tank tomorrow morning.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:36 PM   #53
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First 30 or so gallons in.

Got the first 30 or so gallons in and mixing the next 40.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:19 AM   #54
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Rock is in the tank and the last of the water is mixing!
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Looks like it's coming along nicely
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:25 PM   #56
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Cycling - Day 1

Checked levels this morning:

Ammonia - .25ppm dosed to 4ppm
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

And the wait begins!

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Where did you get that drill pump? Have you tried it yet? I have never seen such a thing and it looks like a superb idea!
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Old 03-18-2012, 03:58 PM   #58
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Got the pump at Ace Hardware. It was about $15 and the hoses and fittings were about another $15. Worth every penny. Empty the 44 gallon Brute in about 5 minutes. I do recommend an electric drill, killed one cordless battery per Brute....LOL!
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:24 AM   #59
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Started the cycle on the 18th, last night I had 3ppm ammo, 5ppm nitrIte and 20ppm nitrAte. Cycle is well on the way! I had 100lbs of live rock, so I don't think this is going to take long.
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:30 AM   #60
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This tank is an open top. I am topping off 1 gallon a day of ro/di water. Is that normal???
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