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Old 11-08-2004, 10:38 PM   #1
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It's official! The saltwater process has finally begun. I went to the store today and got my 55 gallons of RO water. I'm currently premixing the water and salt with a powerhead for 24 hours before i add it to the tank. My mixing container is uncovered! Is that ok? Good things are bout to happen for me.. i can feel it! Is 80lbs. of all live sand enough for a 55 FOWLR? Thanks for listening to me blab.. I'm just excited to have finally started.
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Old 11-08-2004, 10:49 PM   #2
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If your starting new i wouldnt think you would have to pre mix if there is no live stock in the tank. 80lbs of sand sounds like a lot IMO. The container uncoverd will be fine if you have it where nothing can get in it! Make sure not to spray anything around your container with the lid off! Im excited for you too. Nothing like setting up a new tank. How about LR? How many lbs are in the plan?
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:20 PM   #3
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80 lbs is fine, just according to how deep you want that sand bed! That also of course begs the question, how much rock to go with that sand?
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Old 11-08-2004, 11:23 PM   #4
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There's nothing wrong with having a nice sand bed. I prefer a deeper sand bed.
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:51 AM   #6
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I jus figured 1-2lbs per gallon for the live rock. I also have a Aqua C Remora for my 55 gallon FOWLR. After a few days of letting the tank run and circulate, i'll begin to add some live rock, followed by a ample clean up crew.
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what do you have for lighting??
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Old 11-09-2004, 09:29 AM   #8
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Heres a trick...... Add the LS to an empty tank cover with a large plastic bag and place a bowl in the center. Pour water into the bowl to fill the tank. After a while the bag will start to float, just keep pouring into the bowl area. When done remove bag and bowl and you should have no sand storm at all..... Just nice clear water.
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Nels22, I haven't chosen any lighting yet. I only have the floresant bulbs that came with the tank. Any recommendations that you have would be greatly appreciated. I've briefly heard about the trick that Seaham358 is talkin about. I'm gonna need all the help and tricks that i can get. Thanks Seaham!
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Talk to Darin @ captivereefs. He can fix you up with a light setup that has reg, antics, and your moonloghts all in 1 fixture.
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