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Old 06-14-2009, 08:29 PM   #1
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Is a reef aquarium hard to do?

My meaning is that, to run a saltwater set up is it hard to do? I have never had saltwater and am looking for some advice! Start from the beginning right from tank size!

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Old 06-14-2009, 09:53 PM   #2
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Hey Quartz92;

Unfortunately, you've asked an impossible question. What's hard for one is easy for another. Tank size? Whatever you want. I lean toward the bigger the better myself. Anyway, salt tanks. Generally speaking, a salt tank really isn't a whole lot different then a FW tank. Ya buy it, ya fill it, ya put the fish in. Tank temps are kept lower. 72-73 degrees on average. You'll have to keep track of the salt levels in the water but that's easy enough. And the salt gets everywhere so you'll be wiping things down on a regular basis. Ummm, other then that, pretty much the same 'ole.

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Tank size at least 30 gallons or larger. Smaller tanks are not so forgiving. What type of SW system do you intend to keep. Fish only, fish only with live rock, or full reef? IMO it's more up keep and the initial cost is higher. Don't forget to cycle ths tank with a raw shrimp instead of live fish.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:15 PM   #4
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I am not sure, I know I like have fish with live rock, maybe start there and then progress up to a reef.
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Old 06-14-2009, 10:19 PM   #5
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and what do you mean by raw shrimp? Like a peperment shrimp?
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I have to disagree with the tank temps posted by Brad S. Keep em more around the area of 78-80 for a reef. If doing a fish only and you have fish that are used to colder seawater keep the temps lower in that case.
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No, like a raw, unseasoned shrimp that you find at your grocery store. I think you can get them in the deli section.
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No, not peppermint shrimp. Go to the grocery store and buy some frozen shrimp and put one in the tank. As it begins to rot away, it creates ammonia, which is needed to cycle the tank. Once the tank is cycled and the ammonia is zero and nitrites zero, you can then start adding fish.
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Old 06-14-2009, 11:29 PM   #9
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Okay thanks thominil! and thanks ghostknife for the corerrection I thaught it was a little low. Step by step what would you do to start a new saltwater reef lets say?
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Sand, live rock, RO DI salt water then the raw shrimp. Cycle for about a month. This is assuming you have all the equipment ready (skimmer, lighting, power-heads, test kits, and sump) to start.
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