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Old 10-01-2008, 03:52 PM   #11
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Hmmm...that is a tough call...I think if I knew for sure I was going to be moving in a year I would probably wait. It is at the 1 year mark that the tank is really going to start taking off. I don't know. I would probably wait, knowing what I know now.
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Same here... I'd wait.
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I'd wait if I were you, especially if you were interested in a reef tank. The less disturbing / starting over after moving the better. Saltwater creatures are pretty fragile and sensitive to changes. Especially if its a long move ( than than a few hours ) I'd wait. Thats too rough on most aqua critters
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waiting was the answer i was expecting. what i may do is do a small 20g and if i move give it to my sister. if i dont move then i can expand =) im not positive about this yet but it gives me something to look int oand research.
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couple more questions

can a filter from a fw tank be used to help cycle a sw tank?

i understand how to cycle a tank, but i see all the time in sw posts about needing to let the tank establish. whats the diffrence between cycling a tank and establishing a tank? with cycling your waiting for bactira to develope but with establishing a tank what are you looking for to be in the tank.

what do you do with the tank after it cycles but waiting for it to establish? are you adding live things or do you just keep the ammonia source in it to keep the tank cycled?
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Nope... freshwater bacteria and saltwater bacteria are two different beasts. A biological filter from a FW tank will not speed anything up in a SW tank.

Cycling a tank is getting that initial bacterial population in place - just like FW. Letting it get established probably more has to do with introducing corals, or anemones. In my opinion, getting the tank established means slowly stocking the tank with fish (1 per month) and letting the bacterial populations catch up with the new bioload. During those first few stocking months, if it's not done slowly, water parameters will yo-yo as the tank tries to reach an equilibrium. That's not really good for corals. Giving the tank a few months to get "established" as you add fish, before adding corals, is what I think you're probably reading about.

In a nutshell, "established" can also mean stable.
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reading thru posts on here i see alot of answers about "your tank isnt established" or "give your tank time to get established"
so what your saying is its basically just going slow so you dont upset the bio load?
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also is it possible to have a coral only tank or do you need some kind of bio load from fish and critters kinda like plants from a fw tank.
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i want to see if im missing anything for lighting. if doing a semi diy mh lighting i found these 3 things.

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would i need anything else to make that lighting work?
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I can't think of anything else you'd need for the lighting.

In regard to your other questions, established pretty much means set up long enough to not upset the bioload, yes.

Also, you could have a coral only tank yes, but I would include a clean up crew (snails, hermits, shrimps, etc) and the food you feed them would likely be enough to keep your tank just fine with no fish.

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