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Old 07-02-2005, 09:07 PM   #1
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Hey everyone, i have recently caught the saltwater aquariums bug, and have decided to take a plunge into it! I recently purchased a SeaClear System II aquarium, and as i have read more and more, i find out that most people say to stay away from this aquarium. Well lucky for me it was damage in shipping so now i have time to to see what the experts on this site suggest i do, got with the sys II aquarium or go with a different aquarium setup. If you think i should get a new setup including separate filters, suggest ones i should get(ones that are in pretty good quality) i have around 450$ and i already all the filtation media(active carbon, filter floss) and everything else you need(saltmixes, additives, conditioners, testkits, practically everything but an aquariums and filters to go with it, so if some of the experts would suggest a system, that would be great, going to be putting live rock in the aquarium. in the suggestion i want the components for for a 450 dollar budget. I want to do a saltwater aquarium right the first time so i wont waste too much money, thanks
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Old 07-04-2005, 12:55 PM   #2
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I don't know the brand names in NE, so but what I did when I got all my stuff was get the basics, but keep in mind :P I'm in Canada, so this is all Canadian!

- tank (over 30gallons) - in my case it was free, but 35 gallon tanks are $30.00 here, plus you have to buy a top
- stand 36"X12" black - $85.00
- crushed coral for bottom - $40.00 for top quality stuff
- fiji live rock (only have 15lbs, but getting more soon, depending on your tank size, you are to have that manly lbs of live rock. 33 gallon tank... 33lbs of rock) $79.98
- two power heads to keep current going - $65.00 for both
- penguin biowheel filtre (170) - $30.00
- salt - $40.00
- hydrometer (to test the salinity of the water **A MUST HAVE**) - $19.99 - salt should be at 1.022 - 1.023
- heater - 150watt submersible- $50.00

- don't really worry about lighting right away.. live rock actually does a bit better without a lot of light right away.

Since youre just starting, dont get any fish other than a damsel (any kind of damsel is okay). I am still cycling mine, and have a domino damsel in there to get some bacteria in the water.

Some people believe to just cycle the water with just the live rock in, but with a fish in there, it speeds the whole deal up a bit.


This is pretty much the steps I did with my tank, and so far everything is going good. I know I'm what people would call a "newbie" on here, but I've had more than enough experience with EVERYTHING saltwater can throw at someone, and that includes black tipped reef sharks, jumbo lionfish, trigger fish, brain coral, polyps, diseases, and a whole lot more...

I can give you some brand names if you want.... just let me know
Overall I spend around $400.00 give or take
Hope I helped you out in some way

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Old 07-04-2005, 01:05 PM   #3
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thank man, were i live in NE i have to drive 2 hours to the nearest marine store, but thanks go ahead and give some brand names
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:13 PM   #4
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Hey no problem here they are:

Ebo- Jager 150 watt heater
Maxi-Jet 900 multi-use submersible powerhead X2
Carib Sea Aragonite reefsand
Deep Six Hydrometer
Penguin 170 bio-wheel filtre
33 gallon Hagen tank
Any stand will do, just remember to get the measurements of your tank
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:15 PM   #5
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I'd skip the live fish cycle method and just dump your LR in there and a cocktail shrimp from the grocery store to let it cycle your tank...
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75g w/ 30g sump, 160# LR, 60# sand: Inverts =18 turbos, 30 nassirus's, 40 blue leg's, 5 emeralds, 1 CBS, 1 skunk cleaner, 1 brown gulf shrimp? and various other LR hitch hikers yet un discovered or un-ID'ed
Fish=1 yellow tang, 1 yellow headed jawfish, 1 pink/blue shrimpgoby, 2 perc clowns.
Future fish = 1 sixline, 1 lawnmower blenny
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:20 PM   #6
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oh yeah... add your LR always.... that helps build everything up....

another thing you can do, and I've done it before at work when starting a new SW tank... is get some cheap feeder minnows (roseys) and once your saltwater tank is set up with the live rock, put maybe 5 of the freshwater minnows (or any other cheap FW fish) in the tank, they will die, but they will add the right bacteria into the tank
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another thing you can do, and I've done it before at work when starting a new SW tank... is get some cheap feeder minnows (roseys) and once your saltwater tank is set up with the live rock, put maybe 5 of the freshwater minnows (or any other cheap FW fish) in the tank, they will die, but they will add the right bacteria into the tank

Just do the raw cocktail shrimp, nothing has to die to get your cycle started... its the popular fishless method...
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:29 PM   #8
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i thought about that.... i just didnt know if it would affect anything.. it being human food an all...

but.. it is shrimp.... bah do whatever works for you.... I'm doing the live fish method with a Domino Damsel.. and no problems
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Old 07-04-2005, 01:59 PM   #9
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well the only real issue is IF the damsel lives. you'll have an aggressive fish on your hands :P
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heheh yeah i know.. however i have in line... a dwarf lionfish coming into the tank.. and a few other aggressive fish... dont worry....
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