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Old 06-14-2013, 06:27 AM   #601
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I use distilled. It's best for our critters.

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Old 06-14-2013, 06:37 AM   #602
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So what's the problem with dechlorinated water? Also any ideas on safely raising the ph, the sand I bought was ph neutral...
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Old 06-14-2013, 06:48 AM   #603
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There can be all sorts of nasties in tap water. Distilled is cheap, at least here. Less than a dollar a gallon. It's worth the expense, in my opinion.

As for keeping the water's pH up... It's probably best to use those calcium based sands and decorations, like aragonite/coral sand and/or coral decorations, fully cured, of course. Only those items will help keep the pH at the desired level. Anything else is temporary fix, at most, and are likely to cause problems in the long run.

Perhaps you can top off the sand in your container with some of those sands I just mentioned.
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Do you think it's quite possible to get dead coral from the beach and use it? If so should I boil it?
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:04 AM   #605
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Well... Any coral found on a beach should be aged and cured.

Perhaps your local pet store can sell you some?

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My pet store only had lace rocks and lava rocks, not sure if they have bleached coral. Maybe shells from the beach?
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:20 AM   #607
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Check for that bleached coral. Lace rock may help keep the pH on the good side, probably not as good as aragonite or coral, though.

There are too many things anything from a beach can bring to your tank. I'd probably avoid unsterilized shells, too.
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Could I just boil the bleached coral to sterilize it and put it in the tank? My pet stores were out of aragonite, and said they won't restock soon.
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Old 06-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #609
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Hey just found this journal. Pretty cool stuff you got going on here! But your LR doesn't look like much more than algae covered lava rock... also have you tried Enteromorpha as a possible choice of algae? Not sure if they do well in brackish though.

One Lee: You really should buy either Live Rock or "Dry Rock". I personally prefer Pukani as it is very porous and gives you the best bang for your buck, along with acting as a great natural filter as it offers more surface area for bacteria to colonize.

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Old 06-16-2013, 09:19 PM   #610
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Yup, I put "real live" live rock and "cultured" live rock in both the Bookshelf and the original 10 gallon opae ula tanks.


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Ok now I'm setting up my tank, I have some Arrowhead spring water, would it be ok to use that? Or should I go and buy some distilled or RO water instead?
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This thread has gotten huge. Which macro-algae's did you have success with? Which ones failed?

I see Chaeto and Caulerpa Prolifera. Any others do good in the brackish conditions?
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Those are the species I've tried. Some others have grown out of the live rocks, including a very attractive short growing red one that I've not been able to identify.

I'm thinking many other caulerpa species would be happy but I can see on longer get those locally.

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Old 07-18-2013, 05:41 AM   #614
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Another hatching/release of larvae today. About 15 new babes doing the headdown jerk . :-)

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Started reading this thread last night. Just finished. Really cool journal - now I want some too!

Ah well. I have two other tanks planned that I should finish first.
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