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Old 03-10-2005, 05:24 PM   #1
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newbie needs help

okay I am really excited about this whole saltwater deal. I just bought a 70 gal with a stand and hood. it came with a Eheim ecco 2236 canister filter, a 200 watt heater and a dual bulb 80 watt light.

My plans are to build some plexiglass covers with stuff from home depot
put some live rock in, have a deep sand bed with sand from home depot

some questions. how much live rock do I need. is the sand good enough, is the filter good enough, is the heater big enough, same with lights. It will be a fowler with dsb. I was thinking about adding a powerhead that ariates as well for circulation, a protein skimmer(hang on the back). anything else. what is the best way to cycle, to take substrate from an existing tank or what, what types of testers do I need, is the filter good enough or do I have to add some other typle like physical IDK. what about quaranining what should that tank consist of. what about feeding the fish. I was thinking about some triggers, clowns, blennies, maybe even some eels, cool.

sorry about all the questions, but I am so excited. you don't have to awnser them all, any input is apreciated. nothing fancy just a basic setup thanks.

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My plans are to build some plexiglass covers with stuff from home depot
You may want to consider going "topless" and suspending your lights above the tank. This will allow for better gas exchange and can help keep Ph steady. this is personal prefereance though.
how much live rock do I need
1.5-2 lbs/gal is recommended for good biological filtration. Check out www.liverocks.com for the best aquacultured liverock around.
is the sand good enough, is the filter good enough,
Sand will be fine, just make sure it is aragonite sand not silicate sand. You might want to see if the LFS will give you a few cups of LS from an exsisitng reef to help seed the sand bed. the filter is fine to. Just make sure you clean it often as they can produce high nitrates. With enough LR you will not really need the canister filter, you can replace it with a good skimmer instead.
is the heater big enough,
I would suggest going with two 150watt heaters instead.
Lights are fine for a FOWLR and I would add a couple of powerheads. Check out the "Articles" section at the top of the page for great info on cycling. I also recommend you get a good book. I like "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" By Robert Fenner. good luck in the set-up and keep stopping by here at AA!

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30 gal standard 55 lbs LR, 60 lb live sand, 10 gal sump/refugium. Urchin skimmer, mag7 pump, 3 x 96W PC combination 10,000K/actinic bulb, 2 blue LED moonlights
SG 1.024, temp 79.5, pH 8.4

Livestock I added:

1 skunk cleaner. 12 hermits: red, scarlet, blue. 15 or so assorted snails. Discosomas, Ricordia, Rhodactis mushroom corals, chaetomorpha (sump), 1 feather duster, Montipora digitata, Montipora capricornis, Montipora hispids. assorted zoos, Xenia, Kenya tree coral, green Sinularia, green star polyps, branching hammer coral, bubble coral, Devil's hand leather. Yellow chromis, purple firefish.

Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

List of possible/likely newcomers:

Feather duster. PJ cardinal, Bangghai cardinal, Firefish goby, Clownfish, Neon goby, Yellow watchman goby, Orchid dottyback. Various corals.
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