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Old 04-23-2015, 09:58 PM   #81
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Saturday my father is helping me move the 45g to my brothers room which gives me a bunch of space for my 10g. Going to go hunting for a nice stand to put it on that will blend with a room. While holding upwards 200 pounds to be safe.


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Old 04-24-2015, 06:08 PM   #82
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Is this a decent sand to use? It's cheaper than most of the 20 pound bags..
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:21 PM   #83
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Saw the shipping price on that after I posted 😱 I like Carib Sea for my freshwater so I like this one.

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Old 04-24-2015, 06:26 PM   #84
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Defiantly something worth having Prime for! Shipping cost on heavy items can be crucial haha
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Old 04-24-2015, 06:28 PM   #85
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Defiantly something worth having Prime for! Shipping cost on heavy items can be crucial haha

Oh yes! Prime has paid for itself easy


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Old 04-24-2015, 06:51 PM   #86
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Too bad it isn't eligable for Prime... But, I used Caribsea in both of my tanks. It does the job. I'm sure there is price saving somewhere, like using pool filter sand, but I didn't go that route.
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Too bad it isn't eligable for Prime... But, I used Caribsea in both of my tanks. It does the job. I'm sure there is price saving somewhere, like using pool filter sand, but I didn't go that route.

In this hobby I'm really sketchy of even used tanks lol. Glad to hear you have had success with it.


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You can use any type of used equipment if you are careful. The ONLY thing I never recommend reusing in any manner is sand. So much uneaten food and poop gets caught up in there I really believe you can stir all day long and all the rinsing in the world won't save it from causing an issue down the road.
Used rock can easily be rinsed off, in comparison. Same with any used equipment and tanks. Bleach and lots of water to rinse away and dilute.
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Old 04-24-2015, 07:24 PM   #89
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Caleb getting salty!?! No way..

Good to hear. My reef salt and refractometer arrived today!

I've seen a lot of stuff about keeping saltwater moving with powerheads and stuff.

Is it not okay if I got ahead and start making up some in milk jugs for when the tank is ready?


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I have no input on being fine in jugs or not, but I'd just buy a 5g bucket and lid. Cheap. Take up less space than a bunch of jugs too
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If it was me, I'd worry about that when the tank was ready to go. I'd get all my rock in, then put in my sand, then start filling it up. This can be your one and only time you can mix the salt in the tank itself, so you have that one lazy time you can get away with.
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I have no input on being fine in jugs or not, but I'd just buy a 5g bucket and lid. Cheap. Take up less space than a bunch of jugs too

I have one 5g bucket but it doesn't even have a lid lol. We go through a lot of milk in my house so jugs are plentiful. Just an idea.


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I have no input on being fine in jugs or not, but I'd just buy a 5g bucket and lid. Cheap. Take up less space than a bunch of jugs too
The trick is getting salt that already comes in that bucket and you reuse them. Now I have buckets and buckets. Have one for only old water, one for new water, one to throw unwanted pests or algae into (aka trash can)...then you can simply order the stuff in bulk that comes in a box and bags to save even more at times.
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The trick is getting salt that already comes in that bucket and you reuse them. Now I have buckets and buckets. Have one for only old water, one for new water, one to throw unwanted pests or algae into (aka trash can)...then you can simply order the stuff in bulk that comes in a box and bags to save even more at times.

I just have a bag of reef salt but I'll remember the bucket next time when I get low.

What happens if saltwater is stagnant in a jug?


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Ph issues and low oxygen are what pop in my head right away. Salt would settle and can form into a cake on the bottom.
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Ohh I see. That's why powerheads and stuff are used. I might need to find a spare heater and a 5g bucket then.


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That is stuff you can figure out later on when you are perfecting how you do things and isn't that big of a deal right away. When I didn't have any extra powerheads, I simply used a wooden spoon from my kitchen to stir my water up. I would do it on my days off and would stir it any time I would pass the bucket. I still have this spoon with my current reef to this day, though used to stir the bottom from fear of unmixed salt and to hold the tube from my ATO in the bucket as it pushes the freshly mixed water into the tank during water changes.
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Caleb getting salty!?! No way..

Getting another small Eheim Jger heater and cheap powerhead. Going to use for a 5g bucket that's going to be only for premixed. Lots of stuff coming on Monday.

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SW test kit- Monday
Hydor powerhead- arrived
Tank heater- arrived
Aquaclear HOB- arrived
Reef salt- arrived
Sand- should be Monday
Lighting- Monday. Need to work on a suspension system.
Refractometer- learned how to use it last night!
Live rock- whenever I get the tank back and can start setting up.
Thermometer- Monday


As far as the HOB goes what should I run besides the filter pad?
I have some Purigen.
Carbon?
Might use a dish scrubber as media. Cheap and simple.


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Looks like you are off to a good start and I see Hank has been helping you. I Just skimmed through but what are you going to use for lighting?
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Looks like you are off to a good start and I see Hank has been helping you. I Just skimmed through but what are you going to use for lighting?

Hey Paul! Welcome aboard I'm getting a TaoTronics 165w dimmable LED. Still working on how I'm gonna hang it up above the tank


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