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 08-06-2011, 02:43 AM   #141
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
a buddy from work has offered to take everything i want to give him as far as fish go, so hopefully by the end of this weekend i will have an empty 125 gallon aquarium....

it will be my bare bones, just for now, fowlr tank. this is what i will reuse until i upgrade down the road for a reef with fish

2 36" single bulb t8 light fixtures with glo aqua-glow bulbs
1 fluval fx5 with ehiem substrate pro top to bottom that is well established with freshwater bb
2 300w heaters

immediate plans for the aquarium
4" dsb
live rock
2 power heads for circulation
sweety pie wants clown fish so stocking options have to keep them in mind.

is there a cheaper option for aragonite sand than whats for sale at the lfs? what is the process for setting up the dsb? like is there first do this then wait for that? or is it just 4" of sand throw some ??? in there and away i go?

for some reason im thinking that there is a bit more of a process to this than just doing it.
__________________

__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2011, 09:59 PM   #142
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
i dont believe theres a specific setup process..other than extensively washing the sand b4 putting in. look into pool filter sand or play sand..
__________________

__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 01:53 AM   #143
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
im a sand washing fool after changing all my tanks from gravel to sand.

i was under the impression that the sand needed to be aragonite or calcium carbonate to act as a buffering agent. also i thought that the sand had to be a fine sand. ive been reading that southdown used to be THE cheap substitute for the stuff at the lfs but has since gone out of business or changed names and is hard to come by. if pool filter sand is the way to go, then i should be able to just add it on top of what i have now. but whats going to buffer the water to maintain the right ph and hardness?


i really need to catch up on everyone's 125 builds.


fyi my 125 is sitting there empty. my budy came by today and picked up all my sa/ca cichlids. all thats left is 1 chinese algae eater and 2 crayfish... still a very pretty tank to look at.
__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 01:58 AM   #144
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
hmmm did i mean to say calcium carbonate?
__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 02:01 AM   #145
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
sorry for the rapid posts but what about reptile sand thats sold at pet stores? pretty colors to choose from.
__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 05:29 AM   #146
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
ha and another follow up to myself... i think i will do the pfs.... thanks for the direction!

where does the water buffering come from if not from the substrate?
__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 10:58 AM   #147
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
kurtyboh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Okinawa, Japan
Posts: 1,413
Send a message via MSN to kurtyboh Send a message via Skype™ to kurtyboh
The salt. I belive that you wont get a ph buffer from substrate unless you fall below 7.2 a far cry from the 7.8 you are shooting for, while using sand as a buffering agent with ciclids is a good idea its just not needed in sw as it doesnt really help until too late
__________________
kurtyboh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 12:24 PM   #148
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
huma-huma's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: washington Pa
Posts: 5,257
the sand bed..if you go with a deep sand bed, will provide space for your anerobic process to break your trates into nitrogen also it looks pretty sweet if you get some sort of sand moving bottom dweller
__________________
my 125g Sw...Round 2!http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...220171-33.html
ever see someone cut a 125g in half??
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...-286438-4.html
huma-huma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 02:32 PM   #149
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
i was up until 4 last night reading careys 125 build thread and only made it to page 100... i was too deep into it before i realized i should have been taking notes. i know she used crystal sand pool filter sand and had a bag of brown/tan in her batch... i think she said she ended up only used 3 bags to get an almost 4 inch bed. or was it 4 bags? i forget which page that bit was on... she also has been doing a great job with what she has purchased... hence why i should be taking notes.

i know im starting up my 125 off the preferred filtration and lighting but truly my end goal is to get there while having something to look at in the mean time.

i see you have your own 125 build huma-huma but there is no way i can keep everything straight if i read yours along with careys. but your build is on my to do list to read.
__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2011, 02:49 PM   #150
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
coffeetwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: springfield mo
Posts: 3,690
this is my 125 2 crayfish tank thats going to be made into the salt water. as you can see ive had to some fairly stupid rearranging so i can still live in my house... but the question is how much heat will an appropriate light fixture put out? as you can see i dont want to fry my tv... ha i could always raise the tv and component shelf another foot or two... if its too much heat then i will have to make the salt water out of my 75 gallon cichlid tank and move them to the 125.

__________________

__________________
coffeetwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
5 gallon, 55 gallon, salt, saltwater, set up

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


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
125 gallon saltwater tang Joe24wr Members Saltwater Tanks Showcase 6 10-19-2011 04:46 PM
Saltwater Tank Dream/Journey Hatterz Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 11 07-15-2011 11:40 PM
i have a 20 gallon i plan on maybe making saltwater any advice? allaboutfish Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 52 07-04-2011 01:42 AM
possible 55 gallon? allaboutfish Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 78 06-28-2011 05:20 PM
For Sale: 55 gallon saltwater Rscomia Archive 2 06-25-2011 12:05 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:10 AM.


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