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Old 09-27-2012, 08:15 PM   #11
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Hey there, I am new to the saltwater world myself but I really wanted to respond to your post because of your lupus. My wife who is 33 also has lupus, it can be hereditary as her mother had it. My mother in law lived with it her whole life as it never turned on her. I believe it's called systemic lupus. My wife just developed the rash and if she in the sun she does burn quick and gets a rash. Anyhow I just wanted to say hi and if you have any questions or need to talk send me a pm. Good luck on your tank!!!!
Thank you for responding. I am so sorry to hear about your wife. You are correct about it being called systemic lupus. I don't have the sun aspect of it, but my internal organs are failing. So, I cannot not be out a lot due to the risk of getting an infection and my organs shutting down. I will keep you and your wife in my prayers. Thank you!
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Old 09-28-2012, 04:11 AM   #12
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yes. get your own test kits. better to have them and not need them im pretty sure you need a whole new hood to get the better lights :/ i know its a pain. cant wait to see pics
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:11 AM   #13
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yes. get your own test kits. better to have them and not need them im pretty sure you need a whole new hood to get the better lights :/ i know its a pain. cant wait to see pics
I ordered a saltwater complete testing kit today as well as a aqua clear 70 filter. Buying things slowly right now.

This weekend I am going to sand and paint the stand so I can get started on the actual tank. I am so excited! I will post the before and after. My stand is a oak color right now, but my mom wants me to paint it a funky color to make it stand out. So, I will see what she picks.

Speaking of a new hood, I just found out that my hood is not working and it is not the bulb. The actual hood is 16.5'' long, and I am having a hard time finding a hood that size. Most hoods I am finding at 20'' long, and since I have a hex shape, it needs to be less than 18'' long.
Any recommendations on a hood that will house better lights so I don't have to buy a new hood again. Might as well buy the hood I need later now, as long as I can find the hood with the right size.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:14 PM   #14
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I ordered a saltwater complete testing kit today as well as a aqua clear 70 filter. Buying things slowly right now.
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What brand test kit did you get? And did you get liquid or strips?
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:14 PM   #16
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have you thought about LED lights? they'd be expencive but it'd definitely fit your tank. you could do some DIY LED's look em up.
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:04 PM   #17
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welcome to AA
I feel your pain as I'm recovering from mantel cell lymphoma
I also don't have a immune system so I know how your feeling
fish are just so relaxing I'll try to do my homework cause I know I saw hex hoods somewhere and I"ll pass the link along as soon as I find it
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I found this one
just follow the link
think it was third one down
Amazon.com: hexagon aquarium hood

if I come across others I will let you know

just found these also

http://www.aquariumguys.com/hood-accessories.html
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Welcome, and starting a SW tank can be costly, frustrating, and confusing, but with our help you'll be alright!!! Lol most of us have all learned the hard way on the do's and dont's, and the things that are a waste of money or that can wait. You have the tank and stand: step one is done!
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:32 AM   #20
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Also you made a good purchase with the aqua clear filter. I have one and its great! I will give you advice on which media to put in it when you set it up. Having a hexagon shaped tank can be frustrating on finding things for it, due to its odd shape. But I wouldn't buy a hood for it anyways. Will trap a lot of heat. what type is substrate( sand) are you thinking?
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