Cindy

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  1. rasta

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    Hi,

    My husband bought his first marine tank at the weekend. He has so far put in his sand and a packet of broken rocks on the bottom, filled it and put the salt in. This was done on Sunday. He is now taking readings with his hydrometer and find that it is giving him different readings every time he does a test. His next step is to put in the live rock which he will hopefully do this weekend. Can anybody tell me where the best place is to go for this.
     
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  3. robertkukla

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    Welcome to MASA, have you tried a different Hydrometer, also what is the broken rocks for, i suggest you read and read and read on this forum there are lots of beginners links here that can help you out, i would also suggest you get a no3 and no2 and ammonia test kits
     
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    leslie hempel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    welcome, please research your intended system well before starting out, we are all here to assits in making sure you have a pleasant marine experience..

    pictures of the system will help us a great deal.

    all the best
     
  6. rakabos

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    Hi and welcome. The problem with hydrometers is that they are terribly inaccurate, which is why you will get a rough idea of the salinity and never a really correct reading. You get a different tool called a refractometer which is 100% accurate but they cost upwards from about R600. Maybe get a sample of the water and take it to a local shop (LFS) which may have the equipment to test it for now...
     
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    Hi and welcome, please remember to take this slowly, you have started a very addictive hobby so sit back, relax and enjoy the journey and please read, read, read........
     
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    They are not accurate. One air bubble against the glass and the reading can change. Tap it to ensure you got no bubbles clinging onto it.

    What water did you use. Please tell me you did not use tap water.
     
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    Please read the beginner threads before you go any further. You can save yourself a bit of money and stress... Oh and welcome:1:
     
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    Welcome to MASA, hope you enjoy it here :)
     
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