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Old 09-15-2005, 01:54 PM   #11
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Yes, you need to do a LOT of research before you start buying equipment or planning things out. I highly recommend Michael Paletta's The New Marine Aquarium. it's a good beginner book.
To follow that reading, Robert Fenner's The Conscientious Marine Aquarist is the best.
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Old 09-15-2005, 02:39 PM   #12
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ok I will look for it.. Like I said be a bit before I try so I will let ya knwo how I make out and what I will need to know thanks
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:39 PM   #13
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I stocked my tank with base rock for my cycle. When my cycle was almost complete I ordered rock from www.liverocks.com and it came in great shape, finished off my cycle and I was good to go. I also have a sump that I use for additional water volume (the more the better in salt water), which is where my skimmer is. The skimmer removes quite a bit of "gunk" from the water, but the place where the "cycle" takes place is on the surfaces of the rock, sand, tank walls, etc. Most people say not to skim a tank while you're cycling it (also shouldn't use a UV light during that time either). Hope that helps!
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Old 09-15-2005, 04:59 PM   #14
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If your getting local LR I would toss the LR in from the start. Chances are there will not be much life (stars, snails, crabs)on LFS LR. If its cured LR you may not even have a cycle. I would get at least 1 lb per gallon
Do some reading before you jump into the hobby, SW is not cheap...
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Old 09-16-2005, 08:26 AM   #15
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ya I think I might let it cycle for while. Go with sand and do the whole shrimp thing. Add the live rock when its done after the few weeek by then I can save some $$. Question though I know I dont run the protien skimmer but do I do the filter and power head or? on initial cycle setup
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ok I have read alot on the setup and pretty sure I know how to get started I might start the cycle this weekand. Assuming I have the $$ for soem things.. Wish me luck
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as I said before, you need to run the filtration, that is what is being cycled, NOT the water.
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:48 PM   #18
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sorry I worded that wrong I ment to say more or less do I run the powerr head while I do the cycle. I might pick up a book tonight anyways.
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