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Old 07-08-2003, 02:01 PM   #1
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Hello all! Am new to this!

I finally decided to go with SW fish(had considered Cichlids at one time)..I have a 37G All-Glass tank, Millennium 2000 filter, 200 Visi-Therm Deluxe heater.

Is a SW Tank hard to maintain?

1)What else do I need to start?
2)Crushed Coral for base or Sand mixed with coral?
3) Is live rock necessary? (I do not want plants in my tank). Coral is very $$$ I hear!

Fish..I will start with Damselfish.

Need all the help I can get!!

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Old 07-08-2003, 02:05 PM   #2
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I would use sand. IMO live rock is not nessary, but I would not set up a tank without it.
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Old 07-08-2003, 02:15 PM   #3
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Welcome. The BEST advice I got was from this forum, Take your time, wait, then wait some more. NOTHING good happens fast, in saltwater sytems. If it happens fast or you do it fast, it is bad!
I tried damsels for cycling fish. I will not do that again. I was told here to use a fresh shrimp from the food store. This worked great and no fish had to suffer or die.
I started with a deep sand bed 4 inches. I will be adding live rock in the following weeks.
Also, do not go cheap on the testing kit. (one of my first mistakes (of many).
Good luck and most of all... have fun.
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Old 07-08-2003, 03:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to AA Barbizon! You found a great place for help! Do as much reading as you can and figure out what you want, or depending on the size of your tank what you can have. Yep corals are expensive, but worth the outcome, but that's just my opinion
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Old 07-08-2003, 11:48 PM   #5
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The best advice I can give you, and the best money you can spend at this point, is to buy a copy of "The Concientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert M. Fenner. This book will tell you most of what you need to know to get started. I'll try to answer your questions. A SW tank isn't really harder to maintain, just different. The things that work with FW don't always apply to SW.
1) I would recommend a skimmer and a couple of powerheads for flow (Maxi Jets are the best IMO)
2) Sand. You can use CC, but I think sand is better as it gives you better diversity. I wouldn't mix them.
3) LR is not necessary. You can have a SW tank without it. I think it is something you'll want to add though. If you have enough LR, you can do away with the power filter because the LR will handle your biological filtration. Also, there is all kinds of neat stuff that grows on and in the LR.
You might go to the "articles" link on the home page here and read some of the articles in there. I would suggest using the "fishless cycling" method to start your tank...I believe it is explained in there.
Welcome to AA and please don't hesitate to ask any questions you might have.
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Old 07-21-2003, 12:27 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the advice! I KNOW I will have many, many questions!
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Old 07-21-2003, 04:07 PM   #7
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hey.. you can check out Robert Fenner's site... it has a lot of information there also.. it is www.wetwebmedia.com... if you have questions.. you can ask him directly or any of his colleagues.. if you want fast and great answers, here is where you's want to post.. good luck!!
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I cant wait to get a bigger tank so I can go salt water

Honestly, I think saltwater is pretty hard to maintain, and pretty money consuming at the start of it...

My friend had a lot of problems until he got a UV Sterilizer. (SP?)
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Old 07-22-2003, 12:04 AM   #9
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i think it is worth it though.. saltwater fishes have so much personality.. it's like fun to watch.. the maintenance to me gives me something to do during the day.. i have nothing to do until school starts.. my friends all say i'm ditching them for my fishes.. i laugh at it.. hehe..
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I ditch no friends for fishies, but one time I made my friend wait so I could let my fish out of the bag before we left...
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