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Old 07-28-2012, 03:21 PM   #31
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Well I think I'm just gonna end up getting the filter with the skimmer inside, I know I'm going to be spending money for this tank but I'm not tryna go all out if ya know what I mean lol
That filter will be a little bit bigger than you actually need. It may not be going all out like having a sump setup, but it isn't skimping at all. You'll have an excellent setup. Trust me. I've designed and built nearly every size reef and specialty saltwater fish systems up to a 600 gallon system with a 400 gallon refugium. That filter will be great!
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:56 PM   #32
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That filter will be a little bit bigger than you actually need. It may not be going all out like having a sump setup, but it isn't skimping at all. You'll have an excellent setup. Trust me. I've designed and built nearly every size reef and specialty saltwater fish systems up to a 600 gallon system with a 400 gallon refugium. That filter will be great!
Okay cool, I guess I'll go with that then in the next few days I'm gonna try to start setting everything up. Just gotta find the best spot for the tank lol
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Ok so I think I'm going to go out and get some things today, if I get the water(RO/DI) today, should I pick up salt as well? And what kind?
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Ok so I think I'm going to go out and get some things today, if I get the water(RO/DI) today, should I pick up salt as well? And what kind?
I read a lot about salt brands, even professional chemical analysis charts, and most comonly used salts seem to be fine for FOWLR and soft coral tanks. I like Coralife and Instant Ocean best myself. Lots of people use other brands and do just fine. Those are the only brands I have used for years, besides Tropic Marin which is over priced, so I can't speak for all the others.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:53 PM   #35
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I read a lot about salt brands, even professional chemical analysis charts, and most comonly used salts seem to be fine for FOWLR and soft coral tanks. I like Coralife and Instant Ocean best myself. Lots of people use other brands and do just fine. Those are the only brands I have used for years, besides Tropic Marin which is over priced, so I can't speak for all the others.
Okay I'll look for coralife and ocean best.. as far as starting out, im going to get a refractometer, water and salt, should I need anything else for now??
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A book on saltwater tanks. Then, just the very basics like a new bucket to mix saltwater for water changes plus a tiny powerhead to get it to mix, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and alkalinity/KH test kits, sand, a fresh light bulb if yours is old, a heater if you don't have one.
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A book on saltwater tanks. Then, just the very basics like a new bucket to mix saltwater for water changes plus a tiny powerhead to get it to mix, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and alkalinity/KH test kits, sand, a fresh light bulb if yours is old, a heater if you don't have one.
I have a 5 gal bucket, a powerhead for the bucket alone?? I'll get a test kit, sand I'm gonna get today hopefully, light is brand new, and I have a 50w heater(good enough?)

Oh and what brand test kit should I get? I heard API for saltwater is no good??
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I have a 5 gal bucket, a powerhead for the bucket alone?? I'll get a test kit, sand I'm gonna get today hopefully, light is brand new, and I have a 50w heater(good enough?)

Oh and what brand test kit should I get? I heard API for saltwater is no good??
You can use a powerhead from your tank to mix salt water. Lots of people do that. 50W heater should be fine. You won't know for sure until winter but it's a small tank so should work unless your house gets really cold.

We went over test kits in an earlier post in either this thread or your first one. Good luck!
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Oh yeah haha you said Red Sea if I was using coral but API would be fine for just live rock. I think I'm going for live rock right now and I'll decide down the line if I wanna do coral
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Hop on my other thread I posted in the FOWLR section, sorry about all the different threads :/
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