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Old 06-18-2012, 02:58 PM   #11
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I've heard live sand is a waste of money. It's been sitting on the shelves so long that any bacteria and other organisms would be dead. If you know someone with a healthy saltwater tank you could ask them for a few handfuls of sand and add it to the sand you put in the tank to help seed it, but its not necessary at all.

I don't believe you need any special lighting for fish only. Just whatever light you think makes the tank look good.

Are you going to buy live rock or just get base rock and do a complete fishless cycle? If you buy live rock you still have to allow a cycle period of a week or two.

You'll need about 1.5 lbs of rock per gallon. So a 10 gallon tank would need about 15lbs of rock. You probably only need a 1.5-2inch thick sand bed unless you get a fish that will burrow and dig.

this is true. i normally buy dry sand or aragonite and mix a little live sand with it. over time the sand bed will develop more of its narual bacteria and its cheaper than buying a crap load of live sand.
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Old 06-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #12
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Wow thanks guys for all these great answers!!!
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:19 PM   #13
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You don't need 1.5 pounds per gallon. You don't need any live rock, hence fish only systems. It does help, and if you want it to be beneficial you should have atleast 1 pound per gallon.
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Also, it depends on how porous the rock is. The more porous, the more bacteria can grow on it, making it more effective.
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does anybody know if its really necessary to get a reverse osmosis/deionization water thing????
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:00 AM   #16
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does anybody know if its really necessary to get a reverse osmosis/deionization water thing????
I heard if you don't you could get alot of algae. I plan on getting one when I start my saltwater tank. I have well water with alot of nitrates. So for me it would be worth it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:04 AM   #17
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I heard if you don't you could get alot of algae. I plan on getting one when I start my saltwater tank. I have well water with alot of nitrates. So for me it would be worth it.
I was I afraid you'd say that.... :/ I mean $150-200 is a big whole in my pocket
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What if I use a water purifier...
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:43 AM   #19
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Maybe the reply has been made but i will add my 2 cents anyways

thing u need:
Live Sand about 1-1.5in deep
Live Rock this is great in uncured because all of the gunk that falls of will help the ammonia spike and the cycle
filter (my selection of choice AC emperor penguin)
hydrometer
Salt mix that is low on nitrates and nitrites as some may damage your tank
heater h2o about 78-83
if possible try to get any media or anything that has been seeded before


Now tank input, a 10G is a bit small bt will do I know some people suggest a 20-30 but they forget that some people have tight budgets, If you do one clown and stick to one clown you will be able to pull it off maybe 2 but no more they grow about 3in doesn't sound like much but it adds up.

last thing that really is a concern the parameters in a 10g are harder to keep than if you have more water, the more water the more safe haven you have incase something bad happens.

I personally have had a 10g SW reef tank and i can tell u it was the hardest tank that I have owned.
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Maybe the reply has been made but i will add my 2 cents anyways

thing u need:
Live Sand about 1-1.5in deep
Live Rock this is great in uncured because all of the gunk that falls of will help the ammonia spike and the cycle
filter (my selection of choice AC emperor penguin)
hydrometer
Salt mix that is low on nitrates and nitrites as some may damage your tank
heater h2o about 78-83
if possible try to get any media or anything that has been seeded before


Now tank input, a 10G is a bit small bt will do I know some people suggest a 20-30 but they forget that some people have tight budgets, If you do one clown and stick to one clown you will be able to pull it off maybe 2 but no more they grow about 3in doesn't sound like much but it adds up.

last thing that really is a concern the parameters in a 10g are harder to keep than if you have more water, the more water the more safe haven you have incase something bad happens.

I personally have had a 10g SW reef tank and i can tell u it was the hardest tank that I have owned.
Thanks a lot! But, do you use a Reverse Osmosis/Deionizing system to purify your water???
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