Originally Posted by ocgirl
I have been watching youtube videos on how to set-up a tank. I also got the salt water tank for dummies book to read.
I understand it can be expensive, that is why I am starting to piece together all the equipment I need before starting. From what I have heard, I would need.
Hydrometer to test salinity
Nitrite nitrate and ammonia test kits
20lbs of LR
- probably more since this was for a 20 gallon tank?
20lbs of LS
- same as above?
A power head - Do I need more than one power head for a 28 gallon tank?
Is there anything else I would need besides this basic list?
Hi! Welcome to AA!!
that's a good starting list. I would start with FOWLR
, and you can at any time in future upgrade your light to accommodate corals.
Hydrometers are under $10, will e fine or FOWLR
. If you convert to reef at some point, might want to get a Refractometer at that point, they're usually found on Internet for around $40. But that's down the road.
you will need those 3 tests, but I would also get a pH test.
You can have as much or as little rock as you want, really. Some SW
tanks are fish only and have NO live rock. And actually, you can cut the price by getting mostly base (dry) rock and just get 1 or 2 piece if live rock to seed the base rock. Base rock is way cheaper, usually under $2/lb, whereas LR
can be $6-10/lb, depends on type and where u live. In my 30g I have 2 powerheads, a 500gph and a 150gph. This amount keeps detritus off the sand so the filter can take it out. And my clown likes to play in the current of the 500.
The amount of sand you have is up to you too. Some people have bare-bottom tanks, some have 1" sand, others have 5-6" sand. It's whatever you like and what types of fish you're gonna have. If you have anything that digs in the sand, you'll need about 3" sand, which will be about 30-40# sand.
For a heater, the aqueon is good, you can dial in a temp and adjust it. I've heard that they actually live up to their "lifetime" warranty too. And it's made in the USA!!
they're not too expensive.
I didn't see any kind of filter on your list. On my 30g I have an Aqua clear 70. Its about $50 at my lfs
. You'll want a filter that's rated at least twice the size of your tank for SW
. I have a Fluval. For my 55g, but just went with the hob
for the 30, and its been fine so far. If you're gonna go with a sump, I'm sure someone can help if you have questions- I know nothing about sumps.
At some point you'll need a tank vacuum to clean stuff off of bottom of tank and change the water. It's usually around $10 at LFS
I just use on of those round blue scrub pads to scrub the algae off front an side glass, those are cheap.
Check Craigslist though, I've heard of people getting all kids of crazy deals on things. I unfortunately am not one of those people.
when you're settin up, let us know!! We'll keep you distracted while you're cycling your tank.
cause it'll feel like forever!!!
And if you haven't already, check out liveaquaria.com and look up SW
fish. That site will tell you what size tank it needs and temperament of each fish. Good luck!!! Happy researching!! You're gonna love SW
!! I switched from FW
just a short while ago, and I already have 2 tanks cuz I'm totally addicted!!!