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Old 12-09-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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New 37g reef build

Ither tommorow or sunday after my dad takes me on a driving lesson i will be starting my 37g reef build-so duz any1 have any last minute tips cuz ive done research for bout 8 months and im so excited but ive never done sw only fw for about 9-10 months b4 my final addition seems to have brought black death to my tank! Lol so any tips or tricks would be helpfull---ps:my stocking list is 2 blue chromis,2 ocellaris clowns,and a bi color blenny plus a cleaner shrimp and a peppermint shrimp and about 7-8 assorted hermits and bout 8-9 snails,sound good to you???-thanks ahead!-
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:13 PM   #2
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Welcome to the salty side of things! lol Your stocklist looks good.

Good luck and post some pictures after you setup!
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I really want to just gotta figure out how to get them on my crap top from my fone and btw wut are the like 3-4 most important test kits for sw?(i was planning on therm,salinity,ph,) so i need like 1-2 more
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:30 PM   #4
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Get the API master saltwater kit, its about $20 online. It has ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. You will need those tests as you cycle your tank.

In the future as you start corals you will want the reefmaster kit or separate kits for calcium, phosphates, alkalinity and maybe magnesium.

Do you plan on starting with ro/di water? thats my best advice. You will avoid lots of future issues if you start off right.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:41 PM   #5
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I cant really afford that but my lights arent great and almost no sun hits it,also my water is pretty pure i never had an algea prob in almost a year of fw,but sw is diff i just wish i had the money
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:56 PM   #6
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If you get the ro water from the refill station at the grocerie store, walmart, or even your lfs it's only about 50 cents a gal. And the ro- di unit a lot if people reccomend on here is only 60 dollars on eBay. That is one of my next purchases for sure.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:03 PM   #7
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You will regret not using RO/DI water. You will spend all of your time fighting algae breakouts.

Your tank is 37 gallons. Even if you did 20% weekly water changes, which is on the high side. You would only need 7.4 gallons per week, add a gallon or 2 for evaporation / top-offs. Let's just say (10) gallons. At the supermarket near me, the water costs $.29 per gallon if you have your own jug, and $.39 per gallon if you don't. The most you should pay is $4.00 your first week, and $3.00 per week after that. And again that is doing religious large water changes.

If you are going to have a hard time coming up with that amount of money, I really think you may want to take a look at the real costs associated with this hobby.

I wish you the best of luck, and keep the questions coming. I'm very happy to see that you've done your research and your stocking list looks great.
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:07 PM   #8
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Ill prob get one for my bday in june,just hope it duznt cause a prob by then but i can always just get a strong cuc,speakin of cuc on the bak of my lid there are 2 gaps for filters and stuff but my filter only covers 1 will my snails try to escape from there?
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:16 PM   #9
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Short term i can but i can only get it at my lfs for 1.50$ a gallon and until i get my licence i cnt get a ride there every week
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Old 12-09-2011, 01:41 PM   #10
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Duz any1 no about my snail question 2 posts above?
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