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Old 12-14-2006, 02:38 PM   #1
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The sea horse odyssey starts today. My wife found a tank and stand today for free. I believe it`s a 29 gallon but not sure maybe someone can help me as it is 30" long , 12 inches wide and 18" tall. I am going to document the whole process on this thread. That way others could use this thread to do their`s and you seahorse experts will be able to watch me and make sure I do the right thing. Day 1 will be spent cleaning the tank. Filled the tank halfway with water. Added a cap of bleach and scrubbed down the tank. Rinsed it off real good and will allow it to air dry for a few days. When I add water I will add a little dechlorinator just in case but I`ve heard that air dry will be good enough but better safe than sorry. Hopefully I will soon start to make enough RO/DI water and mix salt. Will be using oceanic salt. I`ll then add sand and cured LR from my main tank. Thats my plans for now. If you see anything let me know.
I`m pretty excited about this.
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oh YAY how exiteing! congrats! the demensions sound right for a 29!
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Awesome!
My wife wants a seahorse/pipefish tank, and now I'll be able to watch and learn from yours first.
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Yep, it's a 29g, that's what I have.

Can't wait to watch this thread for progress
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Congrats I'm sure you probably already know but seahorse.org, seahorse.com, & the article on advancedaquarist.com Seahorse Care: A basic guide to starting your first herd are all good references.

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Thanks Micah as I had not seen those but I need something to study while my tank dries and during the cycle. Thanks all. I cant wait to start.
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I`ve got to worry about the filtration now. I was wondering about the emporer bio wheel just remove the wheels and replace with rubble and LR or should I try for a HOB skimmer and LR. What kind of filtration will be good for this project.
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After reading thru those links I would be a little wary of an HOB skimmer unless you could be assured of zero chance for microbubbles getting into the tank.
I had no idea that seahorses could develop and die from a "bubble" sickness... wow.

In my own inexperienced opinion, I would go for the Emperor w/ rubble and LR.
Keep the water level at or above the spillway lip on the filter for a gentle surface agitation with no bubbles.
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Thanks LR. I`m going tomorrow to get something. I agree that those HOB skimmers do give off alot of micro bubbles. This weekend I`ll start to add the water and salt. And then filtration and heater and then sand and LR. Then I should be ready for the cycle.
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