Originally Posted by Convict2161
You DO need to cycle, you need a saltwater test kit so you can test your pH, alkalinity,kh
, calcium etc... You'll need a refractometer to measure specific gravity and salinity of your water. You'll need live rock and live sand.
before going ahead I suggest you do a lot research. Search the forum there are plenty o good build threads for the bio cube and other good threads for the bio cube.
You'll need a head power heads or a power head.
Have you thought about stock? Corals? Any mods?
Are you sure your ready for this? It's a lot of responsibility, I'm not bashing by any means but please don't just buy a tank on impulse through some instant cycle and start stocking your tank. That's just asking for trouble. Gotta love LFS
Don't buy into the instant cycle hype.
Which cycle method would you recommend? I have never cycled a sw
and when I did fw
years ago I used pure amo. and it smelled pretty bad and was a mess. Which brand should I go with for testing kits? Also how much liverock and livesand should I buy?
I may stay up a while reading some biocube threads tonight.
Will I need a powerhead from the start?
As for stock I was thinking the following (which I am open to opinions on it)
Fish and inverts: clownfish,blue green reef chromis,a goby (I really like the catalina goby),a starfish, and a clean up crew.
Coral: zoa's , and mushrooms
Not planning any mods.
Yeah I have wanted this for a while but this is my chance to get it cheap while its on sale and I have some money to get it up and going.
Do you have a suggestion about starting the cycle without losing fish? I want to get it up and running tomorrow while I have the chance but I will not be back to watch it for a few days since a family member is having a operation and I will be staying there a few days.