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Old 11-04-2012, 10:57 PM   #51
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The eshopps is 150 and I'm sure you can find free shipping. It is so worth it for a hob. I know it's more than you wanted to spend, but a skimmer is a very important part of the equipment, next to the lights in a reef.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:18 PM   #52
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I have the eshopps 100 works great for me no problems. People spend a lot of money on equipment and some is worth it but to keep your tank consistent weekly water changes and maint. goes the farthest. Not the most expensive toys.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:28 PM   #53
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Thank you I appreciate the helpful feedback. I will look into the eshopps 150 or 100 whichever.
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:57 PM   #54
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I have mine on a 75 it's a hob I have a sump now but can't adapt it to fit in sump. doesnt look that bad tho.the only thing is the cup seals tight on it. Its hard to remove that's good I guess.once it's dailed in its good. Don't over tighten the nylon screw I did and had to use some epoxy.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:17 PM   #55
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I wouldnt cheap out on a skimmer. I first bought an oddyssea skimmer off ebay for $40. I ended up upgrading my skimmer 2 times until i was satisfied. Might as well save yourself the trouble and invest in a good one.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:02 PM   #56
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Yea I hear you on that one. Thanks.
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Old 11-06-2012, 03:01 PM   #57
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So just a quick update. Finally got the salt mixture accurate. It was1.014-1.016 for a while. I spent about an hour last night gradually adding salt and mixing it in. Going to test it tn last night it read 1.022. Still have room for more water if needed. My girlfriend is picking up live rock for me today from a lady that needed to get rid of it. $100 for about 50lbs. She stated its fully cured and came from a tank that was going for 10+ years and has a lot of color. Gotta wait to see that one. Also my lighting system should be at my house by the time I get off work! So excited. I love this hobby
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:43 PM   #58
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Great deal on the live rock! Awesome hobby always something new to learn or do.
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:03 PM   #59
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My girlfriend put the rockin the tank for me I'm going to play around with it when I get home. These are the pics that she sent me.


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In regards to the salt mixture. The closer up one I took last night and the one a little further away was taken now, I feel like my tank is eating salt. I'm going to wash and retest it when I get home.
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Sometimes your salt readings when starting up may fluctuate because it hasnt mixed.

Water will evaporate salt stays the same unless you actually take water out with a syphon and replace with fresh.

So make sure your measuring correctly , stirring it and checking SG and salinity before adding it
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