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Old 10-24-2011, 06:40 PM   #91
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Yep, two filters should be good. One larger one would be better and easier though. lol Amazon has aquaclear 30's for like $20.
That would be nice.. Ill look into that. Carey your the queen of good deals haha! For water changes, since id do them every sunday, should i buy the ro/di water saturday, mix it, and let it sit overnight?
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:56 PM   #92
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Yup, sounds about right. I also put a powerhead into the garbage can I use to help it mix. I don't need a heater since I live in florida but you want the temperature to match the main tank. You also should keep 5g or so as a backup for top offs due to evaporation and in case of emergency.

I am the queen of good deals, I've set up so many tanks I've seen all the prices and specs. LOL
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Old 10-24-2011, 06:59 PM   #93
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Yup, sounds about right. I also put a powerhead into the garbage can I use to help it mix. I don't need a heater since I live in florida but you want the temperature to match the main tank. You also should keep 5g or so as a backup for top offs due to evaporation and in case of emergency.

I am the queen of good deals, I've set up so many tanks I've seen all the prices and specs. LOL
Ok so i should buy another powerhead? Shoul i use my strong one for the mixing and buy a weaker one for the tank? And good deals on a powerhead? Hahah
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Old 10-24-2011, 07:13 PM   #94
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I would use the better one for the tank and get a cheap one like this for the mixing

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I would use the better one for the tank and get a cheap one like this for the mixing

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Ya maybe just the 10$ 250gph one. I have two heaters so thats good. Im not sure if ill be able to afford the refrotractor (sp?) if i get the powerhead and other things...are there any cheaper, but pretty accurate salinity testers?
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actually, no, $30 is the best I've found the refractometer for. It's either the swing arm for like $10-$15 or the refractometer. If you have to wait another week or two then I would cause salinity is very important especially in a small tank. You can have some severe swings which isnt good at all for the livestock.
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Ya thats true. Ill have to go over budget but if its that important, then no problem
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In sw theres just some things you cant skimp on. water parameters are one of those things. lol Cool thing is you dfont have to dunk your hand in the water like you have to do with the swing arm, refractometer uses a dropper to put water on the lens and then you just look at a light to see the salinity. Theres really no guess work involved.
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In sw theres just some things you cant skimp on. water parameters are one of those things. lol Cool thing is you dfont have to dunk your hand in the water like you have to do with the swing arm, refractometer uses a dropper to put water on the lens and then you just look at a light to see the salinity. Theres really no guess work involved.
That does sound nice! And, when transporting live rock, does it have to be in water?
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That does sound nice! And, when transporting live rock, does it have to be in water?
The less time it is out of the water, the better. But you won't kill it by transporting it without water , as long as your not 6 hours drove from your nearest LFS :p
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