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post #21 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks Reefing Madness. that's good to hear.

going to my LFS on my lunch break, gonna get an idea of some prices, and I may even buy a new (smaller) freshwater tank set-up to downsize my 32g FW tank. I'd like to use the FW tanks space to put my new SW tank, and I don't really have room for a 32g and a 40g. well see what I find!
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post #22 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so I just got back from my LFS, I found some aragonite sand, prices ranged from 40$ - 50$ for about 40-50lbs. The smaller grain sand was least expensive. What are the advantages/disadvantages to having large/small grains of sand?

Also, I found a hydrometer and all the marine test kits. so I'm glad to see my small LFS is getting more and more saltwater products (they only started getting into it recently)

And I also found a 10 gallon tank (for my QT) at 20$. but it doesn't come with anything, not even a lid. is it important to have a lid for a quarantine tank? anyways, I don't think I'll have to worry about that yet, much bigger things to take care of first!

So I didn't buy anything, because I will wait to see if I purchase the tank tomorrow, and obviously to see exactly what comes with it. Can't wait!
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post #23 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 01:16 PM
Smaller grains won't trap debre in it, thus keep the nutrient build low and your Nitratess better in line. I'm not a fan of Hydrometers, they are a bit inconsistant. There is no need for lid on any tank, unless you are going to keep fish that are prone to jumping.
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post #24 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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ok nice, so I'll probably go for that small grain sand I saw. and from what I read, a refractometer is more precise, correct? I didn't get a chance to look closely at all the products because I had to hurry back to work, but I'm sure they have a refractometer, if not, I can get one online easily.

I wish we were tomorrow already so I can get the ball rolling and know exactly what I need!!

I noticed Instant Ocean salt mix was on special, but I didn't see the actual product, so ill have to go back and check that out.

For my QT, all I need is a HOB filter, a heater and maybe something a fish can hide in. is that pretty much it?
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post #25 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 01:46 PM
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Im with andy, for a QT do you need to make sure the levels are salt are good in that too im guessing? How do you do that? And what else do you need in a QT because I have a 10 gallon tank just sitting around with a filter that is for a 20 gallon tank but I dont know what else I have to do to make sure this is a good QT for salt water fish.
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post #26 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Well all I can add on that subject is I'm guessing you start by filling it with water from your real aquarium, so that way it doesn't have to cycle or anything.

But you're better off waiting until Reefing gives his opinion on the subject. I don't have any experience in this lol.
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post #27 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 05:46 PM
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Well all I can add on that subject is I'm guessing you start by filling it with water from your real aquarium, so that way it doesn't have to cycle or anything.

But you're better off waiting until Reefing gives his opinion on the subject. I don't have any experience in this lol.
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You can start your QT this way, providing your DT is cycled, but I'd have that filter cycling on the DT also, as water does not carry with it alot of the bacteria needed to keep the tank from going mini cycle. As you stated above also, you right on the mark. QT does not have to be pretty. some large pieces of PVC for the lil guys to hide in to feel safe is all you need, and your HOB filter. Don't even need a light. You do want your SG and Temp to be close to your DT though, unless your treatment is Hyposalinity, then you would gradually raise your SG back to your DT SG over a weeks time frame.
Refractometer is much better than a Hydrometer. Much more accurate.
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post #28 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome, thanks! Tomorrow is the day that I *may* (read most likely will!) buy that deal. I really hope this guy took care of his equipment and it's not all yucky and broken down..

I think once I purchase the deal, I'll close this thread and start a Diary thread, because or else the name of this thread will be misleading, since it wont have anything to do with the deal anymore.

Just wanted to say thanks again for all the help! :)
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post #30 of 46 Old 12-19-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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So now that I'm so close to buying the tank, I have to start thinking about what else I need.

I don't think the deal comes with Powerheads, so are there any powerheads you recommend? My tank is 40 gallons (+20g sump), so if I read correctly I'd need minimum 600gph? (since it will start off as a FOWLR).
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