Originally Posted by Adamkelly
Thank you for the info
What temp is good?
How much salt?
How to read salt?
How long to cycle my tank before I can add fish
Do I need to add tap safe like fresh water?
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A good temp IMO
should be between 72-78*F. I usually try to keep mine right about 78.
When you buy salt there will be directions on the bag/bucket and that is normally a good starting point.
You test you salt ( specific gravity) with a hydrometer/refractometer. Refractometers are more accurate and more fool proof. At least in my case
When it comes to cycling it varies from tank to tank. My husband's tank cycled in 3 weeks where as mine is still cycling and it's been running for over a month. The best way to cycle is a fishless cycle IMO
. You can either buy some pure ammonia and add it to your tank to start the cycle or you can use a raw deli shrimp ( which is the method that I used). I just wrapped mine up in some cheesecloth and threw it in and let it rot away. It will cause an ammonia spike which is what you need to start your cycle. Just remember to be patient during this process. It is the most important! If you don't let your tank cycle you will be in store for some disappointments and hardships.
As for your water the best water to use is RO
water. You can normally get it from you LFS
or even a supermarket. It is a lot better and it will save you many headaches fighting with algae blooms.
BTW if you are worried that you will not make the salt correctly you can ask you LFS
if they sell saltwater or seawater. I know mine does and they charge about $0.40/gallon. It's not a bad choice considering the size of your tank.