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Old 04-25-2013, 10:21 PM   #1
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"Inherited" saltwater tank questions

Ok, I just bought a fully setup 95g SW tank, included everything:
A decent amount of LR
Saltwater
2 hanging filters
Live sand
Heater
And one black and white tiger stripe damsel
Unfortunately, I have no lighting yet. Will invest in lighting soon (next couple days)

The tank also came with a starfish that didn't make the journey home.
Now my question is this: do I need to do anything to encourage growth on the LR? I've read a number of posts saying that once they introduced their LR, it started blossoming right away, this tank has been setup for quite some time and has little to no growth. There is a couple rocks that have some orange algae (which I was told was beneficial to the tank), but little to no other growth on the rocks. I also understand that I need some CUC, which will be purchased with the lighting in a couple days. I tested what I could of nitrate nitrite and salt, both nits are zero, and salt is 1.024. Thanks in advance for any help. Also, I have no experience in saltwater, but I have done a lot of research, just can't find anything on the live rock situation.
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Old 04-25-2013, 11:38 PM   #2
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If you moved the LR in the water then you should be ok with BB just throw a PH in the bucket with the LR to keep the water moving, it's what the LR needs. I'd try and get it set-up as quickly as possible, but take your time and do it right. No that's not a joke. You don't need to worry much about lights unless you're gonna do corals. If you're only going FOWLR then pretty much any light is cool.
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I'm not doing corals yet. Everything is already transported and setup in my home. Transported in the water that was originally in the tank, just had to add approximately 10 gallons from a PWC prior to transport. The entire process took approximately 3 hours, from drain to fill. So basically all I need now is a quarantine tank, then gradually introduce new livestock?
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:12 AM   #4
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I'm not doing corals yet. Everything is already transported and setup in my home. Transported in the water that was originally in the tank, just had to add approximately 10 gallons from a PWC prior to transport. The entire process took approximately 3 hours, from drain to fill. So basically all I need now is a quarantine tank, then gradually introduce new livestock?
That'll work, QT should be 4 weeks if you're being very cautious. WIth a thank that size I'd be pretty cautious. No corals in a tank that size almost seems a shame, but you'll save a bunch for fish by not doing lights. I've been new to this hobby for about 2-2.5 months now. Learning and having so much fun.
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I plan on doing corals at some point, but I'd like to be comfortable with the tank, and do some more research on corals before I dive into it. I had originally planned on taking the next year and setting up a tank from scratch, but I kind of got thrown into the full deal after I was offered a completely setup tank for one heck of a deal.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:39 AM   #6
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Save your money and buy coral capable lights. Heres how it starts just fish then shrooms and softies then lps then sps. Happens to us all. Skip all the upgrades and buy a good set. Sooner or later OCD obsessive coral disorder sets in!!!! In the mean time by a two bulb t5ho decent set about $130-150 or used ones.you can keep fish, softies and some lps.
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I intend on buying good lighting right off the bat, rather than upgrading, thank you for the suggestion on type though. As far as fish, I need to make sure they are coral safe, correct? Same as any inverts I get for my CUC? Also, how much time should I give corals before introducing a new one, such as from shrooms to softies?
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As long as the lights are good you can add anything with some wisdom of course.t5 if you want to wait to save money will get you by and allow you to have some fun. But LEDs are the way to go now. What I meant by softies shrooms lps and sps is we all say just some softies but after awhile you want it all so get the good lights upfront then your not upgrading three times!! Check out design a sump/fuge to makes it a lot easier check out Melevs reef. Com / sumps. Water changes and cleaning out your filters is most important after it gets rolling its really not that hard. Good water movement to.
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I would hold off since moving a system may trigger a small cycle, especially in a decent size setup. Lay back and check parameters for a week or two before you decide what your next move is.
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I don't intend on getting anything for the tank right now except lighting. I really need to get a quarantine tank set up before I even think about purchasing any fish or corals. Just getting information right now so I can plan my tank accordingly. As far as water movement, how would I gauge how much movement there actually is in the tank?
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