Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: new york, new york
thanks for the comments rikardob, shoteh, and frrok.
rikardbob, I'll have to check out fleabay to take a look at the mesh covers for the intake pipes.
I really have a lot of fun tinkering with the DIY part of the hobby. the acrylic pipes I've made and drop checker work like a charm. and the reactor was well worth the time and energy. If I were to make another one, I think I could get away with a smaller cylinder.
frrok, i don't do anything to adjust the gh of the water or the kh. I haven't had any issues with the tap water here in nyc being too soft for my liking and haven't worried about it too much. I think you should be fine with the tap water as is, although I'm not sure what it is like down at the beach where you are. Looks like there were some fun waves this past week at 90th street. not sure if you surf, but I would've loved to have been out there.
thanks again all.
best, el g