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Old 09/23/2014, 07:20 AM   #176
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Thanks, Karim and JLynn. Oh well. It was an interesting thought. My main aim was to get an 'easy' carbon source for the grasses, which I don't think I'd get with this idea…

It's been 3 days since I started filling the tank, and it's only one third filled! It's looking like it's going to take 10 days, which would be fine, except I've got seagrasses, macros and pods on the way! They'll be here tomorrow, so I'm adding salt to the water I've got in there. Not an ideal situation, but if I keep my head on straight, I think it'll be okay.


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Old 09/23/2014, 08:09 AM   #177
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If you really needed to, you could pick up a few jugs of RO water from a grocery store. That would speed your filling if you run out of time!


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Old 09/23/2014, 09:05 AM   #178
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Saltwater Sam, that occurred to me as well. It's a 240 gallon tank, so I'd need a lot! Maybe I'll wait until it's close to filling, then I could top it off with store-bought water.


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Old 09/23/2014, 09:38 AM   #179
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240 gal sw planted tank, that's just fantastic man. I can't wait until you got her up and running.


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Old 09/23/2014, 10:40 AM   #180
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Thanks, Sam. I ran to the store and picked up five 2.5 gal jugs of distilled water, and added it to my tank. Checked salinity and added more salt.

And then the UPS man arrived! He brought the six turtle grass shoots/propagules. So right now I'm floating the bag to equalize temps. I think rather than plant them right away, I'll just let them out of the bag and into the water for a day or so. At least until the water clears up, so I can see what I'm doing.


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Old 09/23/2014, 12:31 PM   #181
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Yay! This so exciting! I can't wait to see everything planted. Pics or it didn't happen.


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Old 09/23/2014, 12:41 PM   #182
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I'm excited too! The Turtle Grass is in, but not planted. They're just sitting on the sand. Oh, there will be pics! Probably tomorrow when I get the other grasses and macros. Not much to show right now, but about a foot of cloudy water.

It's funny how everything went so slowly for so long. Now everything's moving quickly! Except for the ro/di…


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Old 09/23/2014, 04:47 PM   #183
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Call a water company. They can deliver RO water in 5 gallon jugs. Believe me, you won't be the first aquarium 'nut job' to call them with a 200gallon request. It will likely cost you $100 though.


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Old 09/23/2014, 05:23 PM   #184
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Not a bad idea, but I'm trying to keep costs down. Delivery costs up here in the foothills above Boulder are insane.

I think this will work, letting my ro/di do its thing. Might even be easier to plant with the lower water level. I should be fine…


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Old 09/23/2014, 06:32 PM   #185
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Do you have a URL for Florida Pets? Google isn't turning up anything for me.


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Old 09/23/2014, 06:48 PM   #186
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Sure:

http://floridapets.tripod.com/index.htm#.VCIUXxwfqHd

That's weird though, huh?


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Old 09/24/2014, 01:19 PM   #187
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Yet another lousy pic! Hopefully, you can see the turtle grass propagules. The other grasses, macros and pods came today. I'm floating them now.



It occurres to me that maybe I ought to get the lighting in place!


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Old 09/24/2014, 03:15 PM   #188
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Yep, I can see them. They look comically tiny compared to the space allotted to them! And, yeah, you should definitely rig up the lighting, and give that grass some food. It will definitely need it to grow enough to fill up all that space!


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Old 09/24/2014, 05:45 PM   #189
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Here come the plants! Lights are on the way.


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Old 09/24/2014, 05:48 PM   #190
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Loving the red macros!


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Old 09/24/2014, 06:38 PM   #191
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Indeed. Red macros are probably my favorite, next to blue macros.


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Old 09/24/2014, 11:40 PM   #192
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I got the grasses planted and my metal halide online, ready to light the tank in the am! Now I better get some sleep…


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Old 09/25/2014, 06:11 AM   #193
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Root looks awesome, by the way.


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Old 09/25/2014, 06:59 AM   #194
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Thanks, Karim. I look forward to getting them colonized with all kinds of stuff. Also, can't wait to see how the powerhead hidden within it works, once the tank is filled! Right now I've got two bubblers going, for water movement.


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Old 09/25/2014, 10:13 AM   #195
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Are you seeding with pods?


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Old 09/25/2014, 10:50 AM   #196
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Yep. Got 2 bags in there. If the water clears up enough, I'll try to get a decent pic today.


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Old 09/25/2014, 04:38 PM   #197
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More pics!







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Old 09/25/2014, 07:04 PM   #198
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And more pics!








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Old 09/25/2014, 07:14 PM   #199
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So, I went ahead and 'planted' the red macro algae. It's amazingly beautiful!

I still can't get very good shots, with the cloudiness, but it's good to record the early history of the tank.

I must say, I was very impressed with the plants from Gulf Coast Ecosystems, Florida Pets and Live Aquaria. It's just amazing the quality of SW plants available to anyone right now.


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Old 09/25/2014, 07:36 PM   #200
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It is amazing. I would love to see a larger variety of macro algae become available to us, but what we can get, we can get very high quality specimens of.

What is the clumpy green species of algae you currently have in the seagrass section? It looks almost like really tightly bunched chaeto.


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