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Old 02-03-2013, 08:59 PM   #11
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Great! Also what is the order of operations for setting up the tank....


1) water and salinity...
2) add sand after water and salinity
3) add live rock when sand is settled
4) at fish after cycling

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Is that good way to go? Also how do you add the sand when water is already in?
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Old 02-03-2013, 09:05 PM   #12
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Great! Also what is the order of operations for setting up the tank....

1) water and salinity...
2) add sand after water and salinity
3) add live rock when sand is settled
4) at fish after cycling

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Is that good way to go? Also how do you add the sand when water is already in?
It'd be best to add rock before sand. If rock is on sand it could shift (or get shifted depending on tanks inhabitants) leading to problems.

If you're just starting out with dry sand/rock and it wouldn't need to be/stay wet I'd add water last.

If you're able to add water last you can place something like a saucer or similar on the sandbed and pour the water (or pump) on that saucer, keeping the sand from kicking up.

It was not fun adding sand once my water was in, for me anyway. Ill do it differently next time.
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I ask only for acclimating reasons.... If you get the water set with salinity and then ph then live rock would be safe to add.... But if you put in live rock and sand first then try to get the water correct will that kill off anything on the rock?
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I ask only for acclimating reasons.... If you get the water set with salinity and then ph then live rock would be safe to add.... But if you put in live rock and sand first then try to get the water correct will that kill off anything on the rock?
Do you have a separate container (trash can, tote, etc) that you would be using for water changes perhaps? You could have water ready in terms of temp and salinity that way before adding it into the tank.

I mean you can have water in tank first I just think it was more difficult that way, for me anyway.
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I have ordered 50lbs or rocks from both marcos and reefrocks.net. Both have very nice rock that make scaping a breeze. I went with reefrocks first on my 75 mainly due to price but I also wanted their sand. Like I said the sand and rock is great but be warned it takes on average a month to get your items from reefrock. So when I needed rock for a 30 gallon and some more for my 75 I went with marcos. I ordered on Wednesday it shipped out that day and was at my door Friday. Reefrock has nice rock but for a little extra Marcos will save a headache.
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