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Old 02-19-2014, 03:15 PM   #21
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The API kits really aren't good for saltwater (the ammonia and nitrIte are fine, but the others don't have the low range resolution you need).

Do you have a skimmer? And it might be better to switch to LEDs (either chinese ones from ebay or ones from BuildMyLED.com ) if you start dropping $$$ on your existing lights for new bulbs, etc.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:16 PM   #22
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I was told by others that the Hanna checkers are for freshwater only??
Nope, I use them on my SW tank...as do lots of others here...definitely worth the money for the accuracy and ease of use.
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Sadly, when it comes to API only the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are worth their weight. All the rest are junk...I fell into the same trap when I started in the hobby. Same goes for the hydrometer. I have 2 of the pieces of junk. The hanna checkers are worth their weight in gold IMO.
Atleast on a good note the lighting is nice. Have you owned the tank for the whole 7-8 years, it doesn't appear that way.
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I don't think the API nitrAte kit is worth it for saltwater use.

If your test kits are old (more than a year or two), they may be expired, too. If that's the case, go with Hanna and either Salifert, RedSea, Lamotte, or some other test kit...
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I do have a fairly large insump skimmer. I don't know the brand name. Tonight when I get home I am doing a 20gal water change straight from the sump and plan to dismantle the skimmer and I'll post some photos and maybe someone can identify that and my return pump.
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Sadly, when it comes to API only the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are worth their weight. All the rest are junk...I fell into the same trap when I started in the hobby. Same goes for the hydrometer. I have 2 of the pieces of junk. The hanna checkers are worth their weight in gold IMO.
Atleast on a good note the lighting is nice. Have you owned the tank for the whole 7-8 years, it doesn't appear that way.

I apologize...in my rambling I failed to disclose that I have only owned this setup for a month and a week so far. I bought it and transported all of the live rock,water, and fish home (which was a 3.5 hour ride) in brand new 32 gallon trash cans and new 5 gallon buckets.
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Is it all new sand...? That is a almost 8 years of poop, food, and other detrius built up that has been stirred up by the move.
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Is it all new sand...? That is a almost 8 years of poop, food, and other detrius built up that has been stirred up by the move.

I put 20 lbs of new sand in. The rest is the original. When I got home I rinsed it all real well before I put it in the tank.
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Rinsed in non-tap water, right?
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Rinsed in non-tap water, right?

Wrong....Garden hose. Crap!
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