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Building our 75G reef...and updates
Old 08-15-2010, 10:31 PM   #21
 
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IMO, everything you posted above looks fine and will allow you to keep just about anything. That skimmer, lights, RO/DI, and powerheads can do the job. Are they the best products? no but they can do the job. The only question is on the pump. i would go with this one instead. http://www.bigalsonline.ca/BigAlsCA/...mhobbypump1260. it's only 80 watts instead of 120 watts and this pump is considered to be one of the better pumps on the market and imo its enough turnover from tank to sump. sometimes if the pump is too big you will have microbubbles and not be able to stop them from returning to your display tank.
Absolutely respect your opinion. Thanks for the suggestion of the pump. Ideally I would have liked to stick to what you suggested, but the shipping is way to much! those buggers use the boarder to jump up their shipping despite the fact that I am actually closer than a lot of states.

If there is anything that you think is better quality(even if it costs more), on that BigAl site, let me know. I tried to use the suggestions item info that came with each to try to find what the closest thing I thought I could find.

Thanks again.
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Old 08-16-2010, 08:46 AM   #22
 
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the hydrome is a hydrometer which tests salinity of the water. i suggest searching ebay for a refractometer as knowing your exact salinity is very important and hydrometers dont seem to be best at doing so.
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Old 08-16-2010, 09:14 AM   #23
 
this is what the hydrometer looks like. it's accurate enough to start keeping lps and softies.


make sure when you use it there are no micro bubbles on the swing arm because the swing arm is calibrated to float and give you te readings of the salinity of the water. . i used one for years then when i went to sps i use a this which is way more accurate

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Old 08-16-2010, 09:22 AM   #24
 
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Oh perfect! I will go venture on eBay for it.
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Old 08-17-2010, 04:38 PM   #25
 
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Question, heading out today to shop some more. Do I need to get a heater for my reef?
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:14 PM   #26
 
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One more thing, the quote shows: stability 500ml, and prime 250ml. What is this and is it something I need to get? Or is he trying to make a bigger sale?
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:19 PM   #27
 
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One more thing, the quote shows: stability 500ml, and prime 250ml. What is this and is it something I need to get? Or is he trying to make a bigger sale?
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if you are going to get a ro/di you don't need prime. if you are going to use live rock you dont need stability. i would recommend the ro and live rock as basic building block to a successful reef. if you go diffrent it will be alot more complicated to be successful.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:21 PM   #28
 
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your water temp will need to be stable between 76 to 81 degrees. the more stable the better
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:28 PM   #29
 
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Perfect thanks so much!
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:32 PM   #30
 
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Voila

Here we go, went out tonight to get a few more things. Unfortunately after contacting some suppliers, I'm going to really be restricted as to what to get and from where I can get it. I called the only other good store in our area(which is 3 hours away), and they didnt have what i wanted.

So for the sump, I have to get it here locally, tho we did do measurements and the octopus skimmer I'm going to be ordering online, will fit in the sump. I will also have to order the lights, because to get them here at the local Aqua shop, you are looking at nearly a thousand dollars for a T5, 6 bulb set up

So...I ordered the sump, heater, and refratometer(spelling?). I bought the pump, salt and thermometer in store. So all that stuff should be arriving at the same time as the tank and stand(woot!).

Im not sure what Im going to do for the RODI system. It was sooooo expensive in store. I nearly chocked when I saw what it was here. I didn't buy it and wondering if there is a way around it? It's just to expensive. I could get one online for a much better price but now not sure as to how I'm going to set it up on my own if I do, and I dont know how I would check as to how compatible it would be with the rest of my equipment.

My other issue was the pump. Because of weight with shipping, it's going to also cut back on what I am going to be able to order. This pump below was also ridiculously expensive AND the only review I found on there was a 3/5 star rating with a noise related comment. I could still return it at this point, but I dont know what I can find a replacement for it without losing an arm in shipping. All thoughts welcome. I guess this hobby kind of sucks when you're Canadian!






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