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Old 05-09-2006, 02:04 PM   #11
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Thanks for the help and patience guys, because im really comming from a freshwater angle on this. But it seems pretty easy, you just have to be careful whith water changes, and not to stock too quickly.

I never imagined to have that many snails, thanks for the heads up.

Sounds good with the filtration/circulation.

I forget do you do water changes during cycle for SW?

Im gonna keep my fish count down so the maintenace down, I have an Oscar so he'll keep me real busy.

And with LR from what ive goten is to add a little at a time after cycle; how long would it take dead rock to get cultured from a piece of LR? Lets just say the rock is the size of a softball.
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YOu might want to look into a RO or RO/DI water system. Tap water contains a lot of bad stuff and the RO system would help cut down on bad stuff goign in and therefore it would help to treduce algae breakouts and what not. These systems run $100 on the low end.

I would reccomend a protien skimmer especially if you are goign to have fish. Many people have different opinions on skimmers but I hear that the Aqua Remora C is the best out there. IF I had to do it over again I would get that skimmer cause the SeaCLone that I have sucks.

Try to keep up with your PWC. If you do you will probably be fine and not have to worry about too much. But I would still get test kits to test: Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, calcium, PH, PO4 and ALK.

Definitly let the tank cycle with no fish. Get it set up and get the water in. Then order or pick up the live rock and put it in. The tank will start to cycle then. Let it go until the cycle is over before addign fish or a clean up crew. THen wait another mounth or so before you add coral.

Good luck. Just remember that it gets expensive quick.
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I forget do you do water changes during cycle for SW?
Nope just keep the same water in the tank till the params get to normal, then do a large water change.

I use tap water and havnet had anyproblems this far. I think it really matters what area you are in. But dont take that as go ahead and use tap water. If you can afford the RO/DI unit definatly invest in it.
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Old 05-09-2006, 04:33 PM   #14
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Yah i'll ask the lady at one of my LFS I know her well and we'll see how the water around America's home town is...
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