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Old 03-30-2008, 10:12 AM   #1
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Set up 30gal yesterday, need help!

Well, Put together the 30gal yesterday with aragonite and about 27# LR. Mixed all the salt up and everything. Checked the salinity, it's at just about 1.0185 now........Filter's running in the tank.

How do I add more salt and make sure it's dissolved?
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:20 AM   #2
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oh, and the filter is a submersible.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:10 AM   #3
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Hi and WELCOME

You might want to start by reading Getting started thread and then check out the articles section.

How did you test the salinity, using a hydrometer or a refractometer?
You can just add salt mix till you get to the desired SG. It will dissolve, thogh I prefer to mix it with RODI ater to a higher concentration (1.030) and add that.. How did you mix the orignal batch?

What kind of filter is running in the tank (make and model)?

Is this going to be a FOWLR or a reef tank?

If you are looking to run natural filtration then you need a bit more rock (base or LR). The recommended amount is 1Ĺ-2 pounds per gallon of capacity.

Do you have any powerheads running in the tank?
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1) Used a hydrometer
2) Original batch was RO mixed in a large rubbermaid container then slowly poured into tank
3) Filter is a Current subcurrent surface skimming filter.
4) Reef tank
5) No powerheads, the filter has a 'discharge' end with nozzles I can aim, it's creating some decent mid-level flow thru the tank.

So just add water to the top ? I did about 1/2 cup per gallon to start, Red Sea Salt, per my LFS's instructions. I'm figuring probably another 1/2 cup at least.....
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Also, running a 2x 65w Coralife lamp, it's got a daylight/actinic in there will be getting a dual daylight and dual actinic before any corals or fish are added.
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Old 03-30-2008, 11:51 AM   #6
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Here are some pics I snapped this morning. Water is finally clearing up a bit from the aragonite.

Sorry for the reflections and stuff, I obviously wasn't trying to make 'em professional looking just yet
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added some more ro/salt mix and the salinity went up just a little bit. I'm going to keep an eye on it for a day or two and see if something levels off....its at 1.019ish now.
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If you've got the 30g completely full, then you could siphon off 5 gallons and put back in 5 gallons of water that's mixed to 1.050. That will get you up to around 1.024 which is a lot closer to where you want to be for a reef.

Nice looking start, and welcome aboard!
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thanks That's the kind of info I was looking for.

It's completely full, but it's got about 21gal in it.
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Nice start to the tank. Is the rock secure? Is it sitting on the glass or on the sand? If it's on the sand do not get any sand sifting fish as they can/will undermine the rock.

You want to get about 10x -20x or more tank volume in flow through the tank. For a 30 gallon you you want 300-600 gph of flow in the tank. Your filter is rated at 160gph. Consider adding a power head or two on the opposite side of the tank.

Have you thought about a stocking list yet?
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