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Old 03-07-2007, 07:01 PM   #1
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Hi all Ive had quite a bit of success with freshwater aquariums, but I also had my low times. I've read alot about saltwater aquariums so I no the cost and what I'm getting into. I have my tank up and....well its up! It is about 3/4 full because I'm waiting on my live rock to get into the fish store. Along with getting started I ran into stuff that made me wonder. Some people reccomend that I don't use this website forums like this because theres to much mixed info, but I decided to give it a shot. I am very motivated to get my tank off to a good start but also know how long I need to take so I don't mess the tank up. I bought a water test kit but Im wondering what kind you think is the best?

What are the BEST websites for saltwater fish? How many GPH do you think an overflow should run...should I go cheap on these or spend quite a bit?
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WELCOME TO AA!!

Please do not cycle your fish with live animals.

It's good to have you here and I think you will be pleased with the advice, personal experiences and knowledge the folks have here.
As for a water tes, I have the Saltwater Masters Test Kit, it is decent for a low price and tests the basics.
Websites, we have a general retailer section, you can read up on some, but lots of folks like
saltwaterfish.com
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thatpetplace.com
and there are a few others, those are the ones I have ordered from.
I'm not sure on the GPH for an overflow, it probably depends on what you want to keep in your tank.
In SW, some things you can buy cheap (very few) and others, (skimmers, heaters, phs) you should go for the better brands.
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Old 03-07-2007, 07:18 PM   #4
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I think you'll find here most of the members subscribe to the same or very similar philosophies of keeping SW fish and coral. As Roka said, the size of the overflow depends on the tank/sump size as well as what you plan on keeping. Filling out the "my info" button on your profile will aid us in answering any questions you may have in the future.

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Seachem and Salifert are very good brands. Seachem is a little less expensive.
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I have the book "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert M. Fenner which has helped me out alot in my struggle of starting a saltwater tank. I look up to everyone who has done it without going insane. This is a very complicated process and I don't how I got this far!
I know that I shouldn't add additives to my aquarium because that could screw it up. I'm going to have a little sump under my aquarium and will have a small hang on back refugium. I want an in-sump protien skimmer, but don't want to spent a load of money on it...... The bioload of my tank will be small, just 2 clowns, mayb a yellow tang, inverts, and if all goes good a few corals that don't need extremely bright lights. I have a whole lot more to say but realize i am probably boring you so I will bore you later!

those articles will provide me with answers here in the future, thanks

wierd question, whats a ballast?
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That's a good book. The more questions the better. Someone will eventually answer.
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A Ballast is the electrical device that runs a light bulb, MH VHO ect...for example http://www.marinedepot.com/ps/ps_Vie...ct~IC3161.html

Have a look at the link above. That is a ballast.

Overflows come in a lot of different GPH...Like the fellas said we need to know more about the tank you are going ot be using and what you want to put in it before we can offer better advice on the equipment!

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yea i realized that other people were misinformed about this site...i will have to get back to them! So if i bought that 250W metal halide ballast I could raise a good variety of coral? How do you place the ballast on a 55 gallon aquarium?
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There is alot of haters out there but you`ll see we have a good group of folks here that have one thing in common. Seeing you get the best out of your tank. Any questions just ask.
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Old 03-07-2007, 11:09 PM   #10
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ok here it goes a list of questions...

1.whats the most number of invertibrates you can have with out them fighting

2. can anenomes survive in dual strip compact fleurescent lighting? 250W in 55 gal aquarium.

3.Have yoe heard about paradies cove pets and if its a reliable store?

3 1/2.Is it required to use a refractometer or is a hydrometer fine?

4.if live rock is shipped and is in around freezing temperatures for 4-5 days will it still be good to seed an aquarium?

5.what is the best way to arrange liverock in a skinny 55 gal aquarium?
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