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Old 09-19-2010, 09:44 AM   #11
 
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Not exactly. The weight of a piece of rock does not determine its size. (google "mass") Hopefully by now you have looked at enough pictures of actual reef tanks that you will be able to eyeball when you have added enough rock to your tank.
I would be lying if I said I don't regularly look up photos and dream about what my tank will hopefully look like.


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If you use the Key Largo dry rock from Marco Rocks, then a 75 pound order will be good, combined with 10 pounds or so of live rock from the LFS.
That's it?! I always assumed that the ratio would be a lot less dry rock to live rock. I like that idea. I think that's just saved me a few hundredsssss of dollars. Months ago I had found a Canadian Marco Rock guy. Still desperately trying to find his contact again to order some rock.


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This is a great idea. Less expensive is to just ask the LFS to provide you with a handfull of the rubble from the bottom of their live rock vat. Most will do so for free, and it will help greatly to seed the sand bed. Obviously, you want to make this request at the LFS with which you actually spend money on other items.
That's great! will definitely do that. I went through the article section to see if there was anything on there about it, but is there a specific way to find -good- live rock. Are there specific things to look for when choosing your pieces?
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Old 10-06-2010, 09:52 PM   #12
 
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So here is the latest update. The new skimmers have finally arrived in Illinois so Im waiting for them to ship me both the powerheads and skimmer. I also contacted our local store because 7 weeks I am still tank and standless as I wait for our stuff to arrive. I've called them since last week and they keep making excuses and saying they are checking up on it, then they never call back. Not in a rush to start the tank, but still pretty frustrated with this. Its the only saving grace they have is that I have no intention on starting the tank just yet.

To keep you posted.
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Old 10-07-2010, 06:44 AM   #13
 
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wow 7 weeks??? did you pay a deposit or pay for the whole thing? in your shoes i would be getting ready to ask for the money back and threaten to brin your business elsewhere... thats just me but then again i am all about A) instint gratification and B) getting my moneys worth when i spend it ....
just sayin....
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Old 10-07-2010, 04:56 PM   #14
 
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wow 7 weeks??? did you pay a deposit or pay for the whole thing? in your shoes i would be getting ready to ask for the money back and threaten to brin your business elsewhere... thats just me but then again i am all about A) instint gratification and B) getting my moneys worth when i spend it ....
just sayin....
I thought about it but unfortunately they are the only store here which is why I had half the equipment shipped from the states crazy shipping but it was the "cheapest" way to go because they were just to expensive.
I just got off the phone with them. Luckily I managed to get someone higher up and got a deal. They said that the city 3 hours from us where their headquarters are, somehow "dropped" that part of my order and didn't ship the sump down, so now they are giving me the option either between the smaller sump or the one bigger model.

As it turns out the model below the one I ordered is to small for the skimmer and the model above is to expensive. I nicely but clearly explained I have already waited over 7 weeks for this equipment and I did not want to wait another who knows how long for the sump to come in.

They agreed to let me have the larger model for the same price(which is good because it was already paid for!). The good news with this is that the tank, stand and refractometer have arrived(can't remember what else I had ordered), so all I have to do now, is find a vehicle large enough to pick this up in.

Hopefully pictures to come to soon.
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:16 PM   #15
 
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Please view I need help

Really need some help with this one please.

RODI system
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:08 PM   #16
 
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Alright! no idea if anyone is still reading or not but I'm getting pretty excited so I have to share.

so the RODI system has been ordered, and the Skimmer and powerheads are on their way from the states. Should take about a week to come in. We are picking up the tank and stand along with the sump and refractometer on thursday (woot!).

Hope to have lots of pictures to come! other than the sand and rock, we should be good to go with the equipment list(I hope)
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Old 10-12-2010, 05:45 PM   #17
 
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Nice! Can't wait for pics. I hate it when I order something and something stupid that could have been avoided happens due to the people bought from... Good to see patience too lol... it gets harder as you go along as I am finding out myself...
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:21 PM   #18
 
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i read every update faithfully!!!!!!!!! i may not always comment but i read
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:12 PM   #19
 
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Congrats! We just ordered our first marine last weekend. Should be here on Sat. I'm guessing you're as excited as we are.

Still have to buy a few odds and ends yet, and finish building the sump, but it'll get there over the next few weeks.

Keep us up to date! Pictures too! Maybe we can learn a few things together as we build.
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Old 10-14-2010, 09:49 PM   #20
 
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i read every update faithfully!!!!!!!!! i may not always comment but i read
Thank you bear!
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