Ive been wanting to know about SW
every since I started FW
. It was very interesting to me, but I never asked before on what I had to do. As you can see, Im ready to learn as much as I can and hopefully start a SW
tank as soon as I can. Please get ready to answer quite a few questions, Here goes
What ways are there to cycle a SW
tank? Ive heard that you can go ahead and put LR
in the tank to make the cycle faster (the flow from the current of the power head or fan makes the LR
a filter by collecting beneficial bacteria, right?) How long would it take to cycle if I use live rock?
really alive? I thought it was remains from a dead coral found in the ocean? Is live sand alive? (Sorry if this sounds stupid)
What is the purpose of a Protein skimmer? Do I have to have one? Ive heard if I dont, I would have do PWC
very often, am I correct? Do you need one for smaller tanks? Are the HOB
ones any good?
What is some substrates that I could use in SW
tanks? How deep of a bed would I need?
What Kind of algae's would I have to look out for? What are the most common and how do I get rid of them (Except for Coraline)?
Could I use all Base rock instead of LR
or would I have to do Half and Half? How many Pounds per gallons is it for LR
and Live sand?
What kind of equipment do I need? The LR
acts like a filter, so I dont need a HOB
one? What should the temp be?
Do I have to have a sump? Is the sump only to hold more water volume or for some other purpose? Could a Wet/Dry filter act as one?
What is a refugium? What does it do? Do I have to have one? Ive heard and seen that you can make one out of an aquaclear filter, am I correct?
How many WPG
for corals? Will they attach to base rock? Ive heard anemones can/ cannot go in reef tanks, like they sting other corals, but once they found they right place, they will stay there and not harm anyone? Can you add corals when cycling (as long as you have the proper lighting) ?
What should the parameters be in a cycled reef tank? Alkalinity? Ammonia? Calcium? Chloramine? Iodine? Nitrate? pH? Phosphate? Salinity? Specific Gravity?
What hitchhikers should I be looking for when getting LR
. Are there any harmful ones that I should be looking out for?
How many fish can I add at a time? How many inverts in a CUC can I add at a time?
What common diseases should I be looking for?
Sorry for the long post, but any answers will be appreciated. Also any additional information on this subject, could you please inform me? I just want to learn everything I can and hopefully soon start answer questions in the SW
section of the forum