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Old 09-08-2017, 08:38 AM   #21
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That looks amazing! Well done!
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:38 PM   #22
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Old 09-12-2017, 04:43 PM   #23
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Hi there and welcome to the salty side. Everything is looking great. I love the stand. It looks really nice and I like the white color. I would do a little more research on the salt. When I started up my tank I started with the coral pro salt and ended up switching to instant ocean. The coral pro has high alkalinity, calcium and magnesium elements and is more for a tank that is already established with corals that will use up those elements like hard stoney corals and SPS corals.
I would start with instant ocean reef crystals and save the coral pro for later when you have a fully stocked tank.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:53 AM   #25
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Thanks for the welcome Bdonaldson. Did the coral pro salt cause any problems in your tank? I purchased it just for the reasons you stated because I would like to stay away from dosing for as long as possible. I also read from multiple sites to pick a salt and stay with it because switching could cause problems. If it is going to cause problems I will gladly switch but if it just saves a few bucks I will just keep it.
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Old 09-13-2017, 11:02 PM   #27
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Ok I will stick with the coral pro since I have already have it. It's looking like Monday now before I can start, marine depot drug their feet shipping my ro/di system. I went with a spectrapure maxcap 90gpd unit.
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Thanks for the welcome Bdonaldson. Did the coral pro salt cause any problems in your tank? I purchased it just for the reasons you stated because I would like to stay away from dosing for as long as possible. I also read from multiple sites to pick a salt and stay with it because switching could cause problems. If it is going to cause problems I will gladly switch but if it just saves a few bucks I will just keep it.
When I cycled my tank and even after it was cycled i only had fish in there for a few months until the tank was ready for corals. Over time the elements were rising while I was waiting for the tank to age. There were no corals to use up the elements. Thats why I switched back to instant ocean until I put my corals in there.
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Set up looks awesome
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Thanks arnoldndana it's a work in progress. Here an updateClick image for larger version

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New update.
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ID:	303912 another view of the rocks. I would have already had water in but my rodi system came in missing the ro membrane! So after a long conversation with marinedepot they sent me one free of charge. More to come!
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Making saltwater! Should have it full by tomorrow, fingers crossed for no surprise leaks.
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stand looks professional very nice
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Thanks! It was the second stand I have built and I borrowed a finishing nailer which helped a ton.
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ID:	303936 It's a bit cloudy but I have both wavemakers going so hopefully it will settle. Salinity is 1.025sg and I'm waiting for ph and temp to stabilize. So the guides I have read and your suggestions say to cycle with a raw shrimp, what size type do I get? Should I add some fish food for any other trace elements needed? Thanks in advance for your help, more to come!
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Ok and I just add it and let it go until the cycle completes? Thanks for the help.
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Done and done, hopefully the cycle will get going pretty quick with the live sand and life rock that is supposedly spored with bacteria and I had a little stability left from another tank.
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