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Old 01-13-2009, 11:12 PM   #1
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Hi there. I am new to the site. I am excited about starting my first Salt Water tank! I know everyone recommends starting big but I already have a 30 gallon tank and so I am going to start with this tank and see how it goes. I am thinking I will purchase a eheim canister filter and a protein skimmer to start with along with live rock and sand to get started and use the shrimp method to cycle my tank. If you have any comments or suggestions to my starting plans please let me know! I look forward to this adventure! (I have had fresh water tanks all my life.)

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Welcome to the site!
Props for the fishless cycle.
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Don't buy "live" sand.
API master SW tests are good for starters (you already have exp in FW, so I'm not saying you are new).
Take it slow.
Get a refractometer.
Get a 10G QT.
Take it slow.
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what is a 10 gallon QT? ( Quarantine Tank?)
I have no problem with being called a newbie cause after all saltwater tanks is a whole new ball game.
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Ehhh, personally I don't like the term newbie....heck, we all started out being new.
QT you nailed it. It is a small tank where you can watch your new critters and make sure they won't introduce parasites/disease into your main tank. If you are familiar with at least ich, in SW we can't really just up the temp and kill it. Hyposalinity and starvation is the best way to kill it.
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Sounds good. See I am starting with a 30 gallon because its the biggest one I have. I have about 5 tanks from my freshwater adventures. So I'll have to go find the little 10 gallon tank. Thanks so much for your advice! Also do you think that my filtration system with be enough or do you have any suggestions or recommendations?

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I think what you're starting with sounds great. If you run 30-40 lbs of live rock in the tank, you won't need any additional biological filtration in the cannister. So I'd just use that as additional water and possibly put some type of chemical filtration in it like carbon, purigen, etc.

I think roka gave great advice in that short little post! Hey Scott... maybe you can add THAT to your signature line?!
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LOL! Again with the sig line!
I agree with Kurt. I like to run purigen in my filters, carbon needs to be replace often and purigen can be replenished.
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Quick question I want to get my tank cycling first and was wondering if I can start it with just live rock and 2 powerheads and add the filter and protein skimmer a little later. Don't have all the money to get it all this week but would like to get rolling.

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Why yes, yes you can. Make sure you purchase uncured live rock to jump-start your cycle properly.
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