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So uh... what else do I need?
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adamprice271
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PostPosted: 2004.03.21(Sun)16:32    Post subject: So uh... what else do I need? Reply with quote

Hey guys, I got my cichlid tank convertered to salt water today. I picked up a bucket of instant ocean and my specific gravity is 0.023 (perfect) and I got a dual strip compact fluorescent light with the day bulbs and actinic blues. I am using an emporer 400 bio-wheel filter and a 300 watt submersable heater. Is there anything else I really need right now? I know I could use a protein skimmer at some point but not now and what else is there? Thanks a bunch

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wormo3188
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PostPosted: 2004.03.22(Mon)20:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Instead of using the Emperor filter I would get an overflow box and a sump, this will allow you room to add things such as the skimmer, heater, etc. without making anything too unsightly inside the tank. I would strongly suggest that you look into getting live rock.
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PostPosted: 2004.03.22(Mon)23:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where I have the tank set-up I don't have the room for a sump or anything. I am going to get some live rock but the guy at the LFS said any rock you use will become live rock when things are added. Thanks for the reply.

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PostPosted: 2004.03.25(Thu)7:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rock will become live after time but you should watch what kind of rock you do use. Most rock used in fresh water can't be used in salt water. The best kind is live rock, but if you find lace rock or dry base rock you can use that also. A lot of rocks if used in salt water can leach unwanted stuff over time like minerals or maby even metals. But the 2 listed above are safe
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adamprice271
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PostPosted: 2004.03.25(Thu)21:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

The rock I used is a white coral rock which ups the pH and is for saltwater/ african cichlids so I am good with that. Thanks for the heads up though.
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