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Old 12-04-2012, 01:37 PM   #1
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Live sand and gravel?

I am setting up a 120 gal that I bought used which had been in storage. It came with gravel (small grain, not the larger stuff you see that comes in those neon colors). Anyway, I'm cycling my tank and the girl at the store told me I can just add the live sand to the gravel. Is this a huge mistake? I'm wanting fish with coral and anemones ( don't remember the abbreviation for that lol).
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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A reef tank?
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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Does that have everything? If so, then yes. Or should I start out with something easier?
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:45 PM   #4
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A reef tank has fish, coral and inverts. I would not use the rock that came with the tank, I would just get all new sand. What else did the tank come with?
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A canister filter, another filter that hangs off the side, two lights, thermometer, a couple of power heads, some decorative lights and a few air stones. Also, a timer and a good size air pump.
I think that it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:53 PM   #6
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You should look up BRS TV on YouTube and watch all if thennk episodes of how to set up a saltwater aquarium. It will answer lots if you questions and get you excited about getting started.

Good choice on the size of tank you are starting with I wish I would have dine the same.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:56 PM   #7
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Thanks.. I will keep you posted on my progress.
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Good luck let me know if I can answer any questions. Just take it slow.
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U don't want to use the airstones in sw it will make a big mess those are more for freshie tanks... What kind of lights do u have? I would ditch the gravel and get some new sand..
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Most of the equipment that came with your tank is best used for freshwater tanks. If you want a saltwater tank you'll want to take out all of the freshwater gravel, rocks and decorations. I wouldn't use the HOB filter either. You can use the canister filter for chemical media like carbon, GFO, and or Purigen. The lights may just need new lamps but that depends on what kind of light fixture it is and what you intend to keep in the tank. If you want corals the lights will need to be very powerful.
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