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Old 07-15-2006, 12:40 PM   #11
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Hi folks,

Just thought I'd bump this up to the top. Still looking for advice.


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Old 07-16-2006, 08:41 PM   #12
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You have everything you need to get you started, really.

40 gallon tank - get a glass tank; cheaper and doesn't scratch.
3x powerheads - maxijet 900's
LR - 50 lbs...get smallish to medium sized pieces
Sand - Get enough for about a 1 inch bottom...good luck finding cheap sand
refractometer - order one from liveaquaria.com. Best $40 you will spend
test kit - to include ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, ph
Salt - I use Instant Ocean
shrimp from the supermarket - 1 for starting the cycle (the LR may also be used to cycle if it is uncured)
protein skimmer - aqua remora c pro...don't go cheap, get the Pro

Lighting - Ahhh...the big question. You still have not really answered what you will keep. I would just start with a normal strip light at this point.

That will get you started. It will take 1 to 2 months to cycle. In that time you should have your stocking choices picked out and have decided if you want to go reef or not.


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Old 07-16-2006, 10:42 PM   #13
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If you check the DIY section, you'll find lots of ways to show you how to make a cheap sump. I just built a 10 gallon sump w/ refugium for my 20 gallon reef, and it works great. Only cost me about $40, compared to $200+ for a pre built one. Also, if you're buying a tank that's not pre-drilled, you can get an overflow box online for a fairly cheap price. Check out www.aquacrylics.com for good quality good priced ones. Best of luck.

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