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Old 12-07-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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First as my first post on this site I would like to introduce myself. My name is Mike and I've been GRAVING a saltwater reef tank ever since seeing my friends 5 yrs ago in college. I have little knowledge of the necessary steps other than canvasing this forum as a guest for the last 2 months. Heres my goal.
1)I would like to have a reef tank.
2)1 or 2 clown fish for a little activity in the tank.
3)endless time spent staring at my hard work lol.

What i have already:
40 gallon seaclear acrylic tank(36 gallons i think dimensionally)
Emperor 400 bio-wheel power filter(hob) see i was reading slang on here lol
Marineland reef capable 36in led light system.

Besides substrate and live rock and salt water what do i need do get this going? I want to build off what i have. THANK YOU ANYONE WILLING TO PROVIDE THEIR KNOWLEDGE
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:39 PM   #2
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Firstly welcome

Do you have a good fish store close to you that sells ro water? It's the first step

Also have u thought about how u will cycle the tank?
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Old 12-07-2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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here are some good ideas of choosing how you want to cycle your tank. this helped me out a lot.
FISHLESS
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...ng-148283.html
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Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side.
Here you go.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:07 PM   #4
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Yash- Yes there is a store that recently opened that has an ro/di filter who sells the water as well as many corals and fish. Problem though is he doesn't have a stock of supplies besides the base substrate. Most things I would imagine are ordered. Which I can do without a mark up haha.

Kpcustoms-I will def read thoughs over tonight and probably multiple times tomorrow at work. Without reading what you posted i have read that with fish usually the fish dies(a waste of money in my mind) So which would you think would be easiest for a first timer. I have an ace hardware 2 miles away for the janitorial ammonia. I read a lot of people talking about that already.

Edit- just checked the links and they say they are invalid.
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ya do a fish less cycle its easier and cheeper. doing a fish in cycle takes water changes every day with 40-50% water and a lot of the fish die. i think its cruel really
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Kp- So do I. Do you have a full link to those links you posted? When I click on them it says "cannot be found"
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one sec i will find them again
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The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling
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fish in
I just learned about cycling but I already have fish. What now?!
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