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Just got a pretty good positive from my goldfishautolinker.com autolinking image tank. So the kit is working..

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Umm, you dant test fw and sw with the same cards. They don't read the same.

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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

They are actually pretty close in color (there are two different cards though) and are definately the same reagents for API test.



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Umm, you dant test fw and sw with the same cards. They don't read the same.
I wasn't trying to use it to test my FW. I was just trying to confirm that ,y test kit actually reacts with Nitrate because I haven't had a single positive since I owned the kit.

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They are actually pretty close in color (there are two different cards though) and are definately the same reagents for API test.
I agree both reagents are the same for FW and SW nitrate tests. The cards are slightly different.

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I wasn't trying to use it to test my FW. I was just trying to confirm that ,y test kit actually reacts with Nitrate because I haven't had a single positive since I owned the kit.



I agree both reagents are the same for FW and SW nitrate tests. The cards are slightly different.

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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

I'm looking to replace the filter I have on my nano reef with a second powerhead.

Looking at this: 80 GPH Submersible Pump Aquarium Fish Tank Powerhead Fountain Water Hydroponic | eBay

And adding this: Hydor FLO Rotating Deflector | eBay


That will put me at 130 gph with 2 power heads. After I test to see if the rotating deflector will fit and work on my 50 gph head (It's recommended to be used on 80 gph+) I will buy a second one and have both power heads running the rotating deflectors.

Edit: Like how tiny the power head is and I hope the deflectors will have the current sweep the rock better and also provide more surface agitation to break up the surface film.

There are a few videos of the deflectors in action on youtube. I think they will work nicely.

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I'd find out if it can withstand a SW tank. If it says just aquarium, it may not have the appropriate shaft for SW.

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I just sent the seller a question regarding the powerhead and saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image.


My alternate choice would be this: Aquarium Powerhead 53 400 GPH Fish Tank Pump Undergravel Filters Hydroponic | eBay

I have the 53 gph version of this one and it's been working great so far. I would get the 120 gph version this time. This is a second choice because of the size.


Also, do you think ~170 gph in a 5.5 gallon (holding roughly 3.5-4 gallons of water) would be overkill? That would be 40x the volume in circulation.

What if I got a second 53? a total of 106 gph would be 26x circulation. (Assuming the deflecting attachment will work properly on a 50gph pump)

Right now I have 130 gph (80 + 50) and I'd like to stay in the same ballpark.

I also really want to run the deflectors because these powerheads just make a really focused jet of water. And the smallest circulation fan available would be A: overkill and B: kinda expensive

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Re: Starting a 5 gallon Marine Tank

here's a good, safe, small powerhead
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here's a good, safe, small powerhead
Aquaclear 10 Power Head
We sell those at work. I was considering it. My biggest problem with them is, no intake strainer. They're intended to be used with a under gravel filter or a sponge filter. Not as stand alone circulation.

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I just sent the seller a question regarding the powerhead and saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image.


My alternate choice would be this: Aquarium Powerhead 53 400 GPH Fish Tank Pump Undergravel Filters Hydroponic | eBay

I have the 53 gph version of this one and it's been working great so far. I would get the 120 gph version this time. This is a second choice because of the size.


Also, do you think ~170 gph in a 5.5 gallon (holding roughly 3.5-4 gallons of water) would be overkill? That would be 40x the volume in circulation.

What if I got a second 53? a total of 106 gph would be 26x circulation. (Assuming the deflecting attachment will work properly on a 50gph pump)

Right now I have 130 gph (80 + 50) and I'd like to stay in the same ballpark.

I also really want to run the deflectors because these powerheads just make a really focused jet of water. And the smallest circulation fan available would be A: overkill and B: kinda expensive
Yea, 40x would be really overkill in such a small tank. I like your idea better.

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I like your idea better.
Whats that? the 50 and the 80? or two 50's?

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LOL, sorry. The second 53.

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ebay seller says "Hello, it can be used in saltautolinker.com autolinking image water, thank you."


Hmm...

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Then the choice is your. =)

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I bought it. I like the price, i like the size, and it's adjustable.

I have also done business with that seller before and have no reason not to buy from him again.

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Right on. =)

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I got it. It's small. I'm happy. 300l/hr on the label converts to 80gph. Also the paperwork lists several marine applications. Played with the adjustments and got it running. Just gotta pick up the Hydor Flo attachment. But otherwise looks like I got a good deal.






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saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image Tank Update - YouTube <<<<

I installed the Hydor FLO wavemaker on the new powerhead and removed the filter. The corals seem to like the amount of and more random flow. I'm happy with the FLO but it could spin a little faster.

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My snail died... :( I found him on his back 2 days ago. I pick him up, he didn't smell so I put him on the rock and he quickly started moving again. So i guess he just fell. I find him on his back again and I just roll him over where he was. Didn't move in over a day. And last night, the hermits had him rolled over and were eating him. Sad, but that's how it goes. My guess is he wasn't finding enough to eat and starved. I won't be getting another snail anytime soon. I don't want to introduce competition for the stometella snails. Which IMO are much cooler anyway.

I will be getting around to getting a shrimp or too soon.

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