Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-14-2009, 03:50 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
NeoCatsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: GA
Posts: 149
New tank

Hello, I just bought a 70 gallon glass bow front tank from a friend. He also included a filter looks a little used, and a strip light with florescent bulbs. I am new to this . I bought a book called Saltwater aquariums for dummies. (ie: me) I am considering putting in a canister filter. However I am on a budget. So it will be a while before it is up and running. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also, I need to clean it. There is salt on it. What can i use to clean the inside and out that won't hurt and leave a residue. Someone suggested vinegar and water????????

Cat
__________________

__________________
NeoCatsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Vinegar and water will remove the calcium buildup. Also soat that filter in it to. Then just rinse well. Any type of light would be Okay for a Fish Only tank. If you want to do corals, well that's another story. What type of lights do you have, wattage, length, make? When you get that done. Look at the sticky's on this site and read up on the setup and how to get started.
Also remember "Google is your friend".
Welcome to the site...
__________________

__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 08:02 PM   #3
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
When I clean a tank I use a couple caps of bleach in a bucket of water. I wash the tank and then rinse real good. I allow the tank to air dry completely dry. Any chlorine will disapate when completely dried. For good measure run some dechlorinator in the tank when you fill it up.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-14-2009, 08:52 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Brad S's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Spokane, WA USA
Posts: 89
Hey Cat;

Sooooo, you're gonna take the saltwater plunge! Good for you. And a 70g bowfront! Doesn't get much better than that. Anyway, saltwater. As you've noticed already, there's salt. You're gonna need to wipe things down regularly or it will get everywhere. Agree with thincat and melosu58, vinegar is great. So is bleach. Both are great cleaners and will most likely kill off any nasty surprises that might be left over in the tank. Bleach might do a tad better but either one. Don't use soap/detergents. Bad Carma!!! And residue too. Bad for people, worse for fishies. Don't know what kind if filter you have (H.O.B. hang on back?) but it's probably fine for now. Clean it up and let 'er fly. I think changing to a canister later on would be a good idea. Easier care, cleaner water and happier fishies. (a 70g bowfront... I am so jealous.)

Congrats!

Oh, you've got to check out "cleaner shrimps" Way cool.
__________________
Cheers!
God Bless Our Troops
Brad S is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 05:50 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
NeoCatsy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: GA
Posts: 149
Yeah, i bought it from a person i work with. I was thinking i might buy a canister. I was gonna buy everything i need it will take me about 6 months to get it set up. What brands do you buys recommend. Is there a checklist i should go by to get everything.
__________________
NeoCatsy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 06:03 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
This should help.
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f14/
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 06:39 PM   #7
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
Quote:
Originally Posted by Brad S View Post
Don't use soap/detergents.
Very much agree
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 06:40 PM   #8
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
I think thincat's link got cut off:
Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 06:42 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
InfernoST's Avatar


 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 1,866
Quote:
Originally Posted by NeoCatsy View Post
Yeah, i bought it from a person i work with. I was thinking i might buy a canister. I was gonna buy everything i need it will take me about 6 months to get it set up. What brands do you buys recommend. Is there a checklist i should go by to get everything.
Eheim canisters rock, however they are a bit pricey. Mine has been with me for 15 years and has never failed, is super quiet and does a great job. IMO, it's worth the extra money if you chose to go that route. Mine is now labeled the classic 2215. I know gallons per hour are important but you also have to look at how much water is actually being filtered with minimal water bypass.
__________________
Keith
120 Mixed Reef
InfernoST is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2009, 08:01 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
Quote:
Originally Posted by roka64 View Post
I think thincat's link got cut off:
Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.
Thanks,
__________________

__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.