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Old 07-20-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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I'm slow so please bear with me

Hi everyone, I'm lost in this world but wanna get my feet wet so to speak and try it.

That said, i'm going to be asking lot of questions and want to dumb everything down step by step.

I live in Tampa, FL. I will be filling my tank tomorrow and putting in sand that someone previously had in their tank.

All I have so far is a 125 gallon tank, refugium, and pump.

I also have 2 heaters that was in my fresh water tank. Will these work in my salt water tank? What temp should I set them at? I am going to (when ready) start off putting a few clown and puffer fish in the tank.

Where should I buy chemicals to make the tap water salt water? Is there something critical I need/missing to get the tank started to put rock in and start cycling the tank?

Thank you for your patience and advice.
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:07 PM   #2
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Hi and Slow is the way to go Yes you can reuse your heaters i keep mine @ 78-79F you might want to look into a RODI unit stay away from tap water if you can to much junk in it.
PLS do a fishless cycle( The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling)
you'll need a cupple of power heads for water movement some rock and be sure to wash that sand. If you must fill with tap water i use Prime to treat the water 125g is a lot of water to buy so again a RODI is the way to go
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Old 07-20-2011, 01:13 PM   #3
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Nope, no fish going in (fishless cycle) until I test, test, and re test water.

Are the power filters expensive? I'm gonna research on those right now ty.
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Powerheads are about $50 each give or take. I'd recommend the Koralia brand. I have 2 1400's running in my 125g which is a bit overkill, so you can go with the koralia 1050's or the 1400's...

Oh and defintely look into getting a ro/di machine it will be priceless i promise.

heres a link to a popular one, I and others use it. It's a portable unit so you dont have to hardwire the plumbing.


http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWAX:IT
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Carey no links i must say im shocked JK OZ listen to Carey she knows her stuff just follow some of her threads
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Carey no links i must say im shocked JK OZ listen to Carey she knows her stuff just follow some of her threads

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And carey, If I buy that I run my house from my kitchen sink through that to my tank right? So fill the tank up and then get some salt water solution and let it cycle?

Thank you in advance everyone.

PS: Side note, please tell me if there's anything I need to think about. . .
My aquarium had a glass top which broke when I was moving my tank, I was going to get some plexi glass cut and made for the top but gonna leave the top open. Instead I am going to build myself a cabinet, stain it, make space to house lighting, and build it so I can set the unit right on top of my tank. Anything I need to think/worry about?

Thank you everyone.
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If you get a ro/di unit you run it to a bin or garbage can or maybe some buckets. You mix the salt out side of the tank then add it after its dissolved.

Do you have a canopy or anything? What are youre plans for lights? You can go open top if you want and just put the light fixture with legs on top.

Cycling the tank is a bit more involved than just putting in water and letting it run. You'll need an ammonia source, whether a rotting raw shrimp, pure ammonia or some live rock.
There are some awesome articles on cycling on this site, take a look around. I'll try to find some links
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Found it!

Cycle your salt tank
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If you get a ro/di unit you run it to a bin or garbage can or maybe some buckets. You mix the salt out side of the tank then add it after its dissolved.

Do you have a canopy or anything? What are youre plans for lights? You can go open top if you want and just put the light fixture with legs on top.

Cycling the tank is a bit more involved than just putting in water and letting it run. You'll need an ammonia source, whether a rotting raw shrimp, pure ammonia or some live rock.
There are some awesome articles on cycling on this site, take a look around. I'll try to find some links

No I don't have a canopy. And THANK YOU for being so patient with me.

I don't have light plans yet though I know I will need them.

Light fixture with legs sounds enticing; maybe 2 3 footers of some type then build a nice wood canopy to hide the lights and make the tank look nicer.

I have heard about the raw shrimp idea. Thats what I meant about cycling the tank, going to put the sand and rock in, and throw in a few raw shrimp, test the water and when the water is exactly where it needs to be I'll get my first fish, then second and so on

Thank you again
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another question here. . .

when I do water changes, I just use a siphon like I did in my fresh water tank, siphon the water to a bucket and dump it right?

Does salt water kill grass or anything? Can I just throw it in my back yard?

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