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Old 07-26-2011, 08:49 PM   #11
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I have used skimmers on some and some not. I'm running my cube right now without one, I used to run my other 29g without one until I got my remora.

I didn't find too much difference either way, nitrates went to 0 awhile after I got the skimmer. In both cases though I was doing water changes each week of at least 20%.
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Old 07-27-2011, 02:11 AM   #12
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Do I necessarily need to use RO or ID water? Would dechlorinated tap water work fine?
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Old 07-27-2011, 03:13 AM   #13
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Actually the best thing you could do is use ro/di water. You avoid algae and high phosphates and other icky things tap water brings.

I started my first sw tank with tap and have regretted it ever since. It's worth the few bucks a month to just get it at either your lfs or maybe a supermarket water machine for like 30 cents a gallon.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:50 AM   #14
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Okay so I'll go with ro/di water. With that being said, do I have everything else correct? As far as the liverock and powerhead and live sand ect. ect. ect....
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Old 07-28-2011, 10:40 AM   #15
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it looks like you got the bases covered. You have an API water test kit and a refractometer? Youll need the test kit for your cycle and the refracrometer is about $30 bucks on ebay if you have the cash. As far as flow i would think a koralis 750 or 550 should do the trick.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:34 PM   #16
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In a 40g i think the 750 (1) will be enough cheaper than 2 of the 550's Only tanks i run skimmers on are large 120 and over you can do the work of a skimmer with PWC's just a bit more hands on stuff
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Okay great! But Grizz, do you agree with Carey that I pretty much know what I'm doing going into this from reading my post? I mean I just don't want this to become a nightmare of shelling out money that I don't have if many problems arise...
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I would say YES only thing i dont recall is a QT. money well spent. And Carey will call you out on any thing that she sees wrong Best way to avoid problems is research and question every thing and go slow
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Awesome, thanks for all the help and advice everyone!
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:19 PM   #20
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Good luck! let us know when you start her up! We love build threads AND pics!
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