Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 12-07-2005, 10:56 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 31
Order of Operations

Is there anything wrong with setting things up in this order?

1. Assemble parts to tank (powerheads, protein skimmer)
2. Put in sand
3. Mix treated tap water and salt simultaneously, pour into tank and mix there until dissolved.
4. Turn on powerheads
5. Once salinity is correct, add live rock and a shrimp
6. Cycle until levels are fine for fish.
7. Turn on protein skimmer
8. Add fish.

Drzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2005, 11:12 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Activist
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Illinois USA
Posts: 157
Was it Live Sand that you used? If you used Live sand I was told to mix water make sure salt is right and heat. Then clean the bags of sand turn off the filters pour in the sand. Let it settle then turn on the filters.
I did not use tap water Because my water is bad here I used RO and UV Water from a Water store.

55gallons, emperor 400 hang on filter, 150watts heater, Coralife 256watt light, 60 LB Live Sand, 43 LB Live Rock, ProClear Aquatics Pro 150 Wet/Dry Filter with Skimmer, 12 Blue Leg Hermit Crab, 2 Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp , 1 Algae Blenny, 3 Green chromis, 3 Peppermint Shrimp, 4 Scarlet Reef Hermit Crab, 3 Emerald Mithrax Crab, 1 Porcelain Anemone Crab, 1 Feather Duster, True Bulb Anemone, 3 Ocellaris Clownfish, 15 Margarita
Snails, 2 Nudibranch, 6 Astraea, 5 cerith snails and 1 Japanese Pistol Shrimp. Updated 02/02/06
Choas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2005, 11:44 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
austinsdad's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Accokeek, Maryland
Posts: 7,694
I'd also recommend filling with fresh water and turning everything on first. If there are leaks, better to find them then IMO.

I also mixed my salt water in the new tank before I added sand. That way, you can move/stir up water easier IMO.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for but while we are here we might as well dance!"

austinsdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2005, 01:17 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Chicago Suburbs
Posts: 320
i agree with austinsdad. you definately want to fill the tank with freshwater and let it sit for a few days. if you find a leak in those first few days, you can easily empty the tank and repair it.

55gal FOWLR,
DIY stand and Hood,
AquaC Remora,
Coralife Lunar Aqualight (4x65W),
60 LB Hirocks Base Rock, 40 LB LR 50/50 Keys/Gulf
150 LB Playsand (~3-4 in DSB)
2 x Blood Red Fire Shrimp, 2 x Cleaner Shrimp
2 x Black and White Percula Clown, 1 x Orange Spotted Blenny, 1 x Red Stripe High Fin Goby
mp3z24 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2005, 06:13 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Posts: 224
In Paletta's book, he suggests to add the rock first and the sand after. In fact, he suggests not adding the sand until after the cycle! I believe the rationale for rock first is that if the rock is sitting on top of the sand bed, there is going to be a bit of settling which may make the whole thing unstable.
cplawrence is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-2005, 06:15 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Posts: 3,294
What you want to do is fine. If your using play type sand then you will be fine. In the future you will need to mix saltwater in a bucket and bring to temp when doing wter changes.
Before adding water cover the sand with plastic garbage bags and place a glass bowl on the bag and pour all water going into the tank in the bowl. Leave the bags in until your done filling then remove slowly. You will have no sand storm, if you dump the sand in with water in the tank you will have a hugh sand storm.
Running the skimmer while your cycling the tank is fine, this will allow the skimmer to break in.
9/02-125 REEF, 125 lbs LR,LS 4x160 VHO, Reef Devil /Sump, Fuge
7/03-55 FOWLR 60lb LR, 50 lb SD sand 2x40 NO strip light, Reef Devil/sump, Fuge

TANK PICS http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=98202
seaham358 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2005, 09:53 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Southern California
Posts: 930
Send a message via AIM to DragonForce
Put on powerheads, heater, skimmer, thermometer. Fill with water, allow water temps to rise to 78-81(temps I prefer) Add in LR and live sand. The water will be cloudy for a week or so depending on how fine your sand is. There are ways to add the sand w/o getting cloudy water but I won't go into detail.

You will want to run all PH, filters etc while the cycle is taking place.
37 gal all glass
50lb LR
3' fine sand bed 1x Orange Stripe Prawn shrimp goby, 1x sixline wrassemated pair of true percula clowns, 1x CBS shrimp, 2x peppermint shrimp, 1x pistol shrimp, 1x tiger tale cuke, ~20+ snails, ~10+ hermits, 1xserpent star.
green Bubble coral, hammer coral (8 heads!) ,various Zoos,green finger leather, green star polpys ,shrooms
175w 10k MH
28w actinic 03
2x maxi jett 1200
Prizm skimmer (modded)
Hagen powerfilter(for running carbon 24/7)
nano arctica chiller
DragonForce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-2005, 02:45 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 31
Excellent, thanks all for your advice! In the end though I decided I couldn't wait and tossed the fish in before I left for work this morning, I hope the little buggers are alive when I get home.

Just kidding of course. I'll be very kind to my fishies.

Drzy is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
in what order? StngStr Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 02-10-2006 08:34 PM
Am I doing this in the right order? sdveirs Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 2 01-20-2005 04:13 PM
Anyone order from here? pondmom Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 02-08-2004 10:09 AM
anyone order from here before? ohio reefer Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 12-18-2003 04:45 PM
Anyone ever order from here?? pondmom General Retailers 0 12-02-2003 08:40 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:05 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.