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Old 10-18-2012, 03:37 PM   #1
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I have had dozens of threads about this tank so I figured I'd put everything in one spot. I got this for trade for an jogging stroller I hadn't used in a year. It had some scratches (acrylic) and the stand had been painted black, it's solid oak. So I started by stripping black paint and staining the stand/canopy red mahogany. Sorry no before pics. I then started sanding tank, boy was that
a head ache I couldn't get it to clear up so I had to start sanding process over again. I finally, a month later, finished that and then built sump, thanks to my hubby. Now and finally filling it with ro/di water as we speak. I pick up 60 lbs of live rock today and already have 80 lbs of live bahama oolite sand waiting to go in. I'm wondering how do you calculate how much salt to put in bc it won't be 70 gallons once rock and sand are in. Do I mix in full tank and sump then remove some water to add extras? I have a 20 gallon long sump/refigium with 9" baffles. I would imagine its probably 10 gallons of water, right? Also do I mix in tank and just let salt mix as it passes through sump? Thanks any pointers would be great! Here are pics of the tank along the process up till now. Will keep updating as I go.

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Old 10-18-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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Also, I know not to use my protein skimmer during cycle but it's brand new and needs time to break in so when should I start it?
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Also, I know not to use my protein skimmer during cycle but it's brand new and needs time to break in so when should I start it?
Start it after the cycle, it should only take about a week or so to break in.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:37 PM   #4
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Anybody have tips on adding the salt to the tank? I bought instant ocean salt crystals.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:39 PM   #5
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Anybody have tips on adding the salt to the tank? I bought instant ocean salt crystals.
You premix it. Don't add directly to your DT.
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Take a 5 gallon bucket, fill it with RO/DI water. Add appropriate amount of salt and mix with a power head and put a heater in to temp match.

I aerate the 5 gallon bucket for hours before testing it and checking temp. I but premixed but I use a power head to agitate the water and help mix better also I heard it helps bring pH up.
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:59 PM   #7
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I thought I could the first time. It would be a lot easier mixing it in tank first time since I have nothing in it than mixing 80 gallons and transferring to tank. I know this is the only time to do this but water changes is a lot less water. I posted my concerns on 1st post. Thanks.
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Yeah you can the first time. Just fill up the tank and add the salt (amount per gallon is on directions, but I think it's 1/2 cup per gallon)...use powerheads to mix it and wait at least 24 hours. Might want to make the salinity high so you can wait for the salt to mix and in the meantime make more water for sump...Might be able to turn on filtration, but wouldn't recommend that when mixing salt. You'll have to add sand after which will make the water extremely cloudy for a few days. I didn't do this method, I premixed my SW, but doesn't matter as long as you have nothing LIVE in the tank.
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So i can't let the sump fill with ro/di water and just add the amount of salt for the tank and sump to DT and just drain some when putting in rock and sand?If I can t then I'll have to stop water soon so it does not go down drain, my tank is drilled, and how will I know how much water is in the tank if not full?
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Ok so I used my ball valves and put them so water can't go down pipes. How do I go about filling the sump separately? So I should add enough salt for both tank and sump and then add ro/di to sump? Sorry if this is common sense but I want to make sure I'm doing everything right. The last thing I need is a flood in the living room. Thanks.
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