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Old 08-19-2012, 04:34 PM   #11
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:37 PM   #12
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I have one more question could I use regular well water and add 1/2 cup of instant ocean per gallon or do I need to buy my water from a aquarium store?
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:26 PM   #13
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You should try to use RO water in a saltwater aquarium. I bought a cheap unit right now but it works great! purewaterclub.com.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:30 PM   #14
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Here is a link with some basic information. As far as lighting goes if you are only having fish with live rock, your basic light strip should work fine.
The link provides other links as well so you can read and then further research.

http://saltaquarium.about.com/od/sta...r_Aquarium.htm
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:20 AM   #16
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No problem! Starting out in saltwater is SO different than a fresh water tank however once you get it cycled, adding fish and other things are cool! This site is a great tool for finding answers and learning new things. I've had saltwater fish on and off for 15 years and I learn new things every time I get on here not to mention I ask questions about some stuff I'm knowledgeable on to make sure there's nothing new out or a better way! There are some very knowledgeable people on this forum with great advice!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:40 AM   #17
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You should try to use RO water in a saltwater aquarium. I bought a cheap unit right now but it works great! purewaterclub.com.
I've got an RODI unit from there as well, and mine has worked great for me. They're the cheapest around too. Comes fully assembled and everything. All I had to connect we're just a few hoses and the rest was already done. Would recommend one of these for someone on a budget.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:38 AM   #18
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What is a good mark to be at on the hydro meter or how ever you would call that I'm just now mixing my first 10 gallons of water
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:50 AM   #19
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Your fish store probably has it at 1.021 or 1.22 and when I cycle I will cycle at that. I keep my established tank at 1.025 though.
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Old 08-21-2012, 01:58 AM   #20
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Correction...1.022! As water evaporates just add fresh dechlorinated water or RO water to the tank. You won't do any water changes until the cycle is finished. Basically, you sit and wait for the bacteria levels to grow. Are you using live rock?
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