Originally Posted by Scubasteve612
Ok so ive started my saltwater tank and I have some questions. I have a brackish water tank now and im gonna slowly go over to salt water tank. And please people im here to learn so please tell me if im doing something wrong or if what im doing is compleatly wrong. Now in my tank I.have regular sand not live. I was wondering once I slowly bring my water to salt is it ok to put live rock In and if so how much can I get alot or just do a piece at a time? Like I said im hear to learn im not doing this now just seeing if I can go from brackish to salt with the fish slowley. Oh fish lol so I have silver tipped sharks they whent from fresh to.brackish and there doing good and from what ive learned after that they go to compleatly salt
I've only used "live sand" once and with live rock (cured) and found it to be overrated. It typically has a lot of die off in the bag so unless you want your tank to have a mini cycle then don't use it. As far as sand goes, ideally (IMO
) you would want aragonite sand however I'm not sure that applies for your silver tips. It's supposed to help buffer the pH.
Once you bring your water to salt, go with some base rock (dry rock that is acceptable for saltwater and can be ordered online or usually found at your local LFS
) and some "cured" live rock. Once the base rock has been in your tank for a while it will eventually turn into live rock just as your sand will (this is another reason I find live sand to be overrated...IMO
). The rock and sand will be most of your biological source.
As far as your silver tipped shark goes, I have no experience first hand however I did read that they need slow acclimation (as you stated) and lower water flow but I'm unsure as to what water flow they are comparing it to so I would ask your LFS
about that. I'm probably not a lot of help to you but I saw your post and am curious as to how it will go! Post updates if you don't mind!