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Old 04-10-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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Initial set up questions

Adding water to my tank for 1st time today and I have a few questions.
Here is what I have so far: 55 gal
Aquaclear job 110
30 lbs LR ( I know I need more)
60 pink Fiji sand
Fowlr tank ( adding corals later)

Here are my questions?
1)I'm adding tap water, from the hose and adding a primer to it. Any objections?
2)Can I immediately add salt, LR and sand? In what order?
3) when should I start running my filter? Immediately?
4) don't have power heads yet, is this a problem?
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1. you shouldn't due to not knowing what's in your water, but it's been done before with little to no adverse reaction.
2. add the salt, let it mix thoroughly, then add the rock, then the sand.
3. yes, immediately.
4. you are going to need some water movement to mix the salt into the water and then move the water to the rest of the tank. i would get at least one power head now and put it on the side without the HOB filter.
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Some advice I wish I got when I first started:

Aquascape your rocks into what you want it to be before you add sand. Take a picture so you know what it looks like and remove all the rocks except the bottom rocks that will be surrounded by sand. After adding the sand, the water will become pretty cloudy and that is normal. Don't try to put the rest of your rocks in until your tank is pretty clear.

This will prevent your rocks from becoming covered with sand. For the past three days, every time my tank clears, I would blow some sand off my rocks until the water gets kinda cloudy and then wait until it clears again.
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Check this thread out to keep your tank from clouding.
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Easy Way to Rinse Off Sand

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Old 04-17-2011, 10:49 PM   #8
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I decided to clean my aquaclear hob filter today after a week of having the water in the tank, I figured it wouldn't hurt just because of all the Sand I poured in initially. After rinsing the filter out, I turned it back on and it immediately got the water extremely cloudy again. Am I doing something wrong possibly or is this normal for the first filter cleaning?
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It could had been that you had a lot of sand inside your aquaclear HOB filter BOX too. When I first started, I would dump the water in the box because there was a lot of sand and when you take out the filter pad, it would stir it up. Your water shouldn't take very long to clear up since not a lot of sand was mixed up
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Ok I'll try that.
This doesn't happen during a normal filter cleaning right?
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