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Old 01-18-2004, 06:07 PM   #1
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Setting up a 150 gal. tank

I've kept freshwater tanks for years now so I've decided to go ahead and take the plunge and set up a saltwater tank. I've heard that the larger the salt tank is, the easier it can be. I've got plenty of room in my house for it and a local pet store is giving me a great deal on a 150 gal tank, at store cost. I've been reading as much as I can about the set up process and maintenance, but I know there are probably fine details or helpful advice out there. Here's what I plan on doing: Sand and crushed shell/coral for the base, live rocks, wet/dry filter with protein skimmer. Is there anything else that needs to be done/bought, or any helpful hints. Please let me know.
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Old 01-18-2004, 06:22 PM   #2
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Sand and crushed shell/coral for the base
I'd go with sand, a fine grain sand, personally I would do a 1-2" layer, the fine grains will keep it from collecting detritus as bas a a larger grain like crushed shells or crushed coral.

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If doing a Fiosh only tank this is fine, but you need to know ahead of time what you expect from your tank. Do you want to do a reef tank? Do you want LR as a decoration, etc...These type of tanks will require a little to alot more lighting than a FO tank.

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Continue to read as much as you can, post questions when you need to and set up a quarantine tank.
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Thanks. I was wanting a reef tank. I've seen some pretty nice ones around here. The local petshop I mentioned in my post has everything I need for the reef. As for the sand, do you think it would be a good idea to mix the sand and crushed coral/shell together? Maybe 3 parts sand to 1 part coral?
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Old 01-18-2004, 09:29 PM   #4
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i agree that you should only use the sand

If you are wanting a reef tank you will need to get some pretty good lighting for a 150g tank. Not sure what your best route would be though. Metal halide maybe?

I would suggest making a refugeum instead of a wet/dry... here is a great article about what they do and how to make one. http://www.seahorse.org/library/arti...Refugium.shtml

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fixed the link, it had DIY in it, which is a defined acronym, when using a link with a defined acronym you have to manually parse your urls
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Only one, and it was "The Other Ones". I was a late bloomer when it came to going on tour. I'm surprised you knew what that meant. Most people think I'm a satanist or something. LoL
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haha... same with me. Only seen the other ones. Doesnt help that jerry died when i was 10 =P
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Yeah, I was like 14 or 15.

I've been reading about lighting on this forum and it's like everyone is speaking Greek. I understand the wattages and whatnot, but I really don't know what combinations are best. Again, I'm wanting a reef tank, so what is a good day/night setup?
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