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Old 03-21-2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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Need help quickly! Setting up new tank

I am starting a salt water tank and selling a running/cycled fresh water tank..... Because I haven't ever had a salt water tank I was wondering if I could put some of the water from the fresh water tank in the salt tank and add aquarium salt? Would this work? And would it keep good bacteria in there if I did that? The fresh water tank actually already sold and the new owner is coming to get it in a couple days so I wanted to go ahead and do this if it was possible! Any help anybody could give me with this.... Or salt water aquariums in general would be greatly appreciated!!!!
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Old 03-21-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Nope, unfortunately not. You will need to empty the tank and start from scratch. Have you been doing some research into saltwater? You also can't use tap water, even if its treated for mixing salt. Most people invest in a Ro-di system. Tell us a bit about your plans for the tank, set up, filtration etc then what you would like to keep, fish only, full reef? Ask plenty of questions along the way and we should be able to help you out
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Nope, unfortunately not. You will need to empty the tank and start from scratch. Have you been doing some research into saltwater? You also can't use tap water, even if its treated for mixing salt. Most people invest in a Ro-di system. Tell us a bit about your plans for the tank, set up, filtration etc then what you would like to keep, fish only, full reef? Ask plenty of questions along the way and we should be able to help you out
+1, give us as much info as you can. You will need to start the salt water tank from the ground up. I recommend finding someone with some seeding material that can give you something to start with. eg an old filter pad works good, some live rock will also be needed to jump start your cycle. Please ask questions as there are a lot of successful FOWLR and reef keepers on AA who want nothing more than to help you build a healthy aquarium.
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Bectan is exactly right. You don't want to use anything but RO or RO-DI water in a saltwater tank if at all possible. You also never want to add salt directly into a tank unless the tank is completely empty with no sand or rocks. If the tank has anything in it the salt should always be mixed with RO water in a separate container (like for water changes). You can buy RO water at most fish shops or even at some supermarkets but you'll need to have some containers. This works out fine in the beginning but most saltwater tank owners eventually buy their own water filter. If your tank is small and you have a place where you can buy water close by then that's a fine way to go. You'll also need a tool to check the salt level of your water. Refractometers are the best but I've gotten buy well with a simple glass hydrometer. The plastic hydrometers are to untrustworthy in my opinion.

The very first thing to buy would be a book on saltwater tanks. They have explanations and pictures for all these things and a lot more. Even just perusing a few books at a book store can be helpful. Of course, we'll be here to help you too. ^_^
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Ok here we go..... This is what I got with my purchase.... ($30.00) and I have some cleaning to do, but couldn't beat the price! Should I clean the bio-balls? And if so, with what?
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And I was thinking about maybe some coral.... And a few fish..... Maybe tangs, or clown fish
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How big is the tank? Doesn't quite look big enough for tangs from your pics. Clownfish although they are really common, they are a great fish, very entertaining. The size of the tank will determine who/what you can keep in there. For instance I have 7 small fish in a 55g. Check out liveaquaria.com for suggested fish sizes and compatibility. What type of lighting do you have? That will determine the types of corals you can keep. I would suggest start slow, with fish only. Give it time for the tank to settle in and for you to get used to the maintenance, some people suggest waiting about 6months before adding corals and you will need to start testing our water for a few extra things when you do. Got any powerheads for movement? Thinking about a skimmer in that sump?
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It's a 29 gallon tank, and thanks to Nemo that's about the only 2 fish I know of but they look cool..... And the light is a hood, but the bulb says F17T8/Actinic 420 coral sun on it.... And as far as a skimmer, idk what I need.... And I wanted to go ahead and start cleaning, what should I do with the bio balls?
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I would skip the bio balls and make a little refugium in that compartment instead.
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Unfortunately I am not a sump expert so I can't help you there with the bio balls. On that size tank you wouldn't need a skimmer, it is useful but not necessary. Are the lights PC? Or T-5? Can you post a pic of them?
You could def do a pair of clowns and a couple of other small fish in there, some shrimp or crabs? Lots of options. While you are cycling you will have plenty of time to research. Make sure you get yourself some test kits and a refractometer for measuring salinity. Have you thought about where you will get your water from? If you don't have any power heads you will def need one maybe 2 of those for water movement...
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