Hello NOOB here with Reefer 250 starting my journal

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  1. jordimex

    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Hi Heather do you have a Red Sea Reefer? if you do the size of the filter socks is 4.5" x 10" all i can find in wish is not that measurement :S
    i already got the live rock from the guy at the LFS, also i don't know what you mean by vodka how do i use it apart from drinking it? what does it do? and you mean never put tap water? the guy at my LFS actually sells sea water so i don't have to do the mixing which i know costs more but is more efficient
    and i top off the stock ATO with RO water that i get from him, soon ill be making my own.
    what other aquarium supplies do you get from wish.com?
    i am trying to buy the best stuff for the tank so i don't have to worry later although it will take some time low on money at the moment
     

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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    problem with live aquaria for me is that i live in an appartment and don't know how they handle live things
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    This are my parameters after my first test what do you guys think?

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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    What are ur nirites?
     
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    moseley75 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    What are your nitrite, temp and salinity? I am patiently waiting for my water to become stable. Mine is only 4 weeks into the process. I've been keeping my tank at 78° and salinity at 1.026 although I read something yesterday that caused me to consider raising both.
    Vodka helps with the patience when imbibed it can also be used for carbon dosing. I don't use it, in my tank, but others do.
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    Hey Brett_schn and Moseley75 do the API freshwater nitrite work on salt water?
    my temp is at 75 and salinity i have no idea how to check any advice on what should i buy?
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    No and never ever use the api test kits for anything.
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    i use the master kit not the strips that one is also bad?
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Yeah they are not the most accurate. U could use them but definitely not recommended and u will most likely get flamed on here most likely
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    what brand do you recommend? i did the nitrite test and got 0
     
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    brett_schn Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Hanna checkers if u can afford them but in the long run they are the cheapest. I heard Red Sea is good that’s what I’m going with and there is another brand that I can’t remember the name
     
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    If you are first starting out then I don't see anything wrong with API. I still use them a little bit myself but that because I myself am still fairly new. As you progress more into it and start getting livestock (fish/corals) then you will probably want to look at a more accurate testing system. I know people that have been in saltwater tanks for decades and a couple of them still use API. It just a matter of what you like and how serious of a reefer you are.
     
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    moseley75 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    I like the Red Sea tests there are other good ones just not api. I recommend you get a light bulb that has a color rating of 6500 Kelvin to read them under. $6 at Lowe's.
    You should check out BRstv 52 weeks of reefing. 52 short YouTube videos. Lots of valuable information
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    as for the next couple weeks ill stick with the API and take a water sample overtime i go to the LFS to get it tested for free. i will save some money to get the red sea tests which ones do i need?
     
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    moseley75 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    Start w/ the marine care kit from Red Sea and a good quality refractometer.
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    i will be buying the refractometer tomorrow, as of the red kit ill wait a bit.
    What do you guys think about the jebao wave maker? i know its chinese and the cheap price any advice??
     
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    moseley75 Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor

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    You might want to look at Salifert test kits. They are accurate and cost less than Red Sea.
    I was planning on purchasing a jebao pump before I found a MP10W on the "for sale" thread. I don't have first hand experience but read good reviews.
    I have gotten some good equipment and saved quite a few dollars by watching this thread. You have to be patient though. I wanted a pb4 for my controller. Ordered one from BRS and one came up for sale the next day. Would have saved about 30%.
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    i have been checking the reviews on the Jebao and almost all seem to work for 5-6 months and then stop working
    i have been searching the for sale threads and haven't been able to find anything
    tested my water today you can see the results in my signature
    what do you guys think
    i bought a couple fish today asked the guy at the LFS to double check my water and see if it was good to put a couple fish in it
    bought 5 chromis, 3 firefish, and 1 diamond goby as well as 2 sand sifting stars, 2 emerald crabs, couple snails and hermit crabs, and 2 fire clams i think thats how they are called
    as well as a torch hammer, a mushroom not sure about the name, a monti, and 2 that i don't remember the name any help identifying them?
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    My signature for some reason hasn't refreshed but here are the parameter

    Alkalinity 8 dKH
    Calcium 460 ppm
    Phosphate 0.25 ppm
    Nitrate 0 ppm
    pH 8.2 pH
    Ammonia 0.25 ppm
    Ammonia was a bit high but added AquaVitro seed as well as SEACHEM Stability
     
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    jordimex Well-Known Member R2R Supporter Build Thread Contributor

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    any advice guys?
     
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