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Old 06-11-2011, 02:36 PM   #1
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10 gallom SW 1st ever

My son has a 10 gallon and I want to make it a SW tank. What are the steps I need to do to get it going?

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Old 06-11-2011, 03:07 PM   #3
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Live rock and sand 1 inch to 4 inch deep will help alot.
Google fishless cycle methods.
If you wish to make it a reef good lighting is a must.
Good quality salt.
Basic key things to know.
Research everything before you add it to your tank.
Flow is mandatory a small powerhead Will do the trick. You don't want deadspots in the water.
With a Reef especially good things take time bad things happen quick.
Basic steps I'd take is..
Grab some aragonite sand rinse well in water and to tank to create a sandbed.
Fill the tank approx 2/3 - 3/4 of saltwater.
Mix before adding to the tank. A specific gravity of 1.024 use ro/di water to mix your salt in.
Add powerhead / heater to tank.
Let sandstorm settle.
Add live rock.
Start fishless cycle method. Monitor ammonia nitrite and nitrate.
Once tank is cycled water change with new water. About 50%
Feel free to add a fish you've researched.

Diligently maintain your waterchanges 20% a week should do it.

I may have missed something here its 3am my time hopefully someone will chip in and help
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Take your time and research look into refractometers, liquid test kits, aquaclear fuge, and ATO. An ATO will make keeping the tank stable when it comes to toping off, refractometer for testing the salinty

Paint the back of the tank that plastic film is a nightmare in the making.

Research and ask question here and at the LFS. You will find knowledge will be the best ammo against the advice of LFS. You find they will try and make a sale over the best interest of the live stock or customer.
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