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Old 11-18-2012, 01:10 PM   #1
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First saltwater tank

I'm starting up my 56(us gal) for saltwater. I started cycling it last night. I have a cheap 60 gal Walmart filter and a aqua tech clear 70. I put 20lbs of aragonite sand and put a thin layer of crushed coral for now. I also have a 200 watt heater. I'm using the coral life 10k bulb. I'm also going get a protein skimmer today. I am skipping the sump process. Also I'm going get 20 lbs or so of live rock.
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Old 11-18-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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Look forward to seeing how your build goes.
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Look forward to seeing how your build goes.
Hopefully I can get it cycled as quick as my fresh water cycled..
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Old 11-18-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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I myself have just finished cycling my 55G SW tank. Patience is key I wish you the best of luck and hope everything works out for you. Make sure you post some pictures up once you have the rock scaped out ! Are you planning on doing FOWLR or Reef tank? What kind/price was the protein skimmer?
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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Just got back from the lfs... Good news- my ammonia, salinity, and ph are all in perfect ranges.. Bad news- nitrates and nitrates are off the charts... I bought 10lbs of life Rock for $4.99/LB... I also bought clear fx pro to bring the nitrates and nitrites down
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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I'm Also doing fish and live rock... Not sure on the skimmer.. The guy at the lfs said since I've been spending most of my money there he would either discount me a new or give me a new protein skimmer..
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:20 PM   #7
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This is one of the display tanks at my lfs... Want mine kind of like this but a smaller version of course..
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:27 PM   #8
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I know you said that you were using the Coralife 10K bulb, but what kind of lights do you have? (Power compacts, T5HO, metal halide, number and wattage of bulbs, etc.)
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:42 PM   #9
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Single bulb 10,000k/120v/15w/T8

In a Janet fixture (manufactured date 05-1997)... I think the fixture is a little out dated... Lol
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Old 11-18-2012, 08:44 PM   #10
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My 10LBS of live rock. The tank is still cloudy but getting better.
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