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Old 02-23-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new to this site and found you because of my new Saltwater aquarium. Here are the details:
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One piece of coral
1 piece Red Rock
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1 synthetic anemone

1 False Percula Clown
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1 Coral Banded Shrimp
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Old 02-23-2007, 04:48 PM   #2
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How new are we talking? Did you cycle the tank first before adding stock?

A coral & gravel substrate isn't the best since it often traps waste. Aragonite sand would have been a better choice.

Lava rock can sometimes be harmful to a SW tank depending on where you got it from. Wooden decor doesn't belong in a SW tank. The fake anemone is ok but what kind of lighting do you have to support your real coral?

Stock list is fine at this point.
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Thank you.

How new are we talking? About a month old. I performed a fishless cycle to great success.

A coral & gravel substrate isn't the best since it often traps waste. Aragonite sand would have been a better choice. I'd love to add some sand but it seems it's too late. Is that the case?

Lava rock can sometime be harmful to a SW tank depending on where you got it from.
Wooden decor doesn't belong in a SW tank. Sorry, it's not real wood. It's SW safe synthetic. The F. Perc. loves it.
The fake anemone is ok but what kind of lighting do you have to support your real coral? 48" Fluorescent. Not sure of the power right now (not @ home).

Stock list is fine at this point. [/quote]Thanks!
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You can change it out but it's going to be messy and your stock would need another tank to hang out in during the change.

Depending on the fish size draining your current SW into a 10 gal tank ($10 at walmart) would be fine for the day or two it takes to change it out and the sand storm to settle. If fish are more then 4" total length I'd go with a 20 gal tank.

Your Emperor 400 filter could just be moved straight to the 10 gal for bio-filtration since it has bio-wheels built in.

Then I'd get a clean 30 gal trashcan to drain the rest of your water into (without siphoning the bottom) and have a couple of clean 5 gal buckets to hold the rest.

Remove the decor and scoop out current substrate and give the tank a quick rinse and refill. I use a Mag 9.5 Pump and 1" 20 ft vinyl hose (3/4 inside diameter) to quickly pump the water from the trashcan to the tank. Also good for premixing SW for pwc

If you don't have a PH I'd get one like a Maxi-Jet 1200 to keep the main tank flowing and within a day or two the sand will have settled down and you can add your stock back in.

48" NO light isn't enough for most corals. What kind of coral do you have?
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Not sure about the type of coral. It's whitish. When I wrote that, I meant that it was coral as the main substrate then about 12 oz. gravel for color. All of this, sans fish, was given to me by a friend when he got a 90 G. I appreciate your advice.
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Micah, has pointed you in the right direction! I would also add that if you do use a trash can go and buy a new one from walmart they are about 9 bucks for a 32g. Keep it and use it for holding water in the future! DO NOT use any kind of chemical to clean your tank or anything that is going to be in contact with your tank or water. I would definately go with the sand now before you get more critters in the tank! Doing it now will make things a lot easier!
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