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Old 03-10-2007, 08:17 PM   #1
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Lately I have been thinking about setting up a saltwater tank. I have 3 fresh water tanks that have been up and running for over a 18 months. I have been looking at getting a 75 gallon tank kit at my local pet store with a stand and canopy. Instead of using the filter and heater that they include I was going to get the following equipment:

#1: FilStar Canister Filters XP3 FilStar Canister Filter
#2: Top Light Heater 300W
#3: Hydrometer 1.000 to 1.030 specific gravity

Other than the basics for setting up a new tank what else will i need other than salt? I was also told at the local petco that if I were to set up a tank of this size that i should set the tank up, getting the temperature and salinity perfect, let it sit for 24 hours and then add 10 damsels to cycle the tank. For some reason that doesn't seem right to me. Any suggestions for a saltwater newbie?
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Old 03-10-2007, 08:27 PM   #2
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Don't cycle with live fish! There are quite a few links to read & see what all you will need & how to cycle without live fish. The people around here are a great help. I just started my cycle 3 days ago, so I'll let others help ya out.
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:14 PM   #3
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As mentioned, there are some great articles on this site about getting started. You may be able to get by a bit cheaper by just purchasing the tank and stand locally and orfering most of the other hardware online.

1. I would skip the canister filter and rely on good biological filtration (LR and LS) with good skimming for the majority of your filtration needs. You can add a HOB or better yet a sump to aid in more biofiltration as well as mechanical and chemical filtraion.

2. I would go with two 200watt heaters. If one fails you will have a back-up in the tank.

3. a swing arm hydrometer will work to start with, but make sure you have the LFS verify the reading with a refractometer. they are notorious for not being too accurate.
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OK FIRST DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WERE TOLD AT PETCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is absolutely the wrong way to do things you will kill those fish!!

Here...read these articles they will get you on your way.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...php?fldAuto=2/

After you have read that you will need to decide what you are going to put in your tank. When you figure that out we will be able to help you out a lot more!!
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IMO hydrometers dont even work to start with! Today actually I tested my water with both a swing arm hydrometer and my refractometer and the hydrometer was off by nearly 7 points!!! Thats enough to make me recommend refractometers to everyone with a hydrometer.

Same thing with my buddys floating hydrometer off by about 5 points.

JMHO.
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Old 03-10-2007, 09:22 PM   #6
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OK FIRST DO NOT DO WHAT YOU WERE TOLD AT PETCO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In this situation it is very poor advice. Unfortunantly, many LFS still hand out this very out-dated and cruel method to cycle a tank. Do your research and review the article in the section above about fishless cycing.
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ok i read the article on fishless cycling after posting, I was looking to start off with some clowns and yellow tailed blue damsels. I was doing some research into some tanks and stumbled upon the JBJ nano cubes. What are you guys' thoughts on those?
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You could do a pair of clowns in the 24g or 29g cubes.
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I have a JBJ 12gal nano deluxe. It is a good "all-in-one" system. They also make a 24gal model. Aquapod and Oceanic make these systems as well. The down side to getting a smaller system is that they are a bit harder to control water parameters, especially for a first tank. However, with careful research and good old fashion time it can be accomplished. My only suggestion is to ditch the "bio-media" (ceramic rings, sponges and bioballs) supplied with the tank in favor of LR rubble. I have a few pics of my nano in my gallery. If at all possible, the 754 would be a very good starter tank, however, much more $$$ to get going. Keep reading and keep asking questions a AA!
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The 24 gallon was the one i was looking at on there site. How good would something like that be for a beginner in saltwater, and how many fish would i be able to house in that after adding some Lr Or coral. Here is the one in particular i am looking at: JBJ Nano Cube 24 Gal DELUXE DX with LED
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