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Old 04-06-2010, 03:36 AM   #1
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Setting up my new Salt Water tank.

Hi all,

Yee! I feel so excited and nervous, I don't want to mess up. Well here is my story on my last tank purchase:

I decided to go saltwater because I've always wanted one and then luckily I went to craigslist and found a 259 gallon Salt water tank for $325 dollars with all needed supplies. (At least that is what they said.) I went and paid for the tank and found out that the seller was selling the tank for a friend who is in jail. So, poor guy, he's getting his favorite hobbie's supplies sold out at extremely cheap prices. This tank being the biggest loss for him.

Well I have the whole package! But what to do????? I was told it was installed in a wall before, so I don't have a stand. (I'll have to have one built). I have a ton of pumps and tubing, a big filtering thing, a second aquarium that they said goes under the BIG aquarium for water circulation. And then a third tank that they said they kept in the garage with treated water, I think. I also have this huge lamp! I bet this lamp alone is about $1000 dollars. I have STUFF! What do I do with all? is it all that is needed? Do I need anything else?

I was hoping a could post pictures of all the items I have so someone could take a look at them and let me know if I was ripped off or not. And if I have all items needed to get started or If I need anything else.

I will do a lot of reading, A LOT, both internet and books. (the package purchase included several books I've already started to read). But if this forum can Help I would really appreciate it. I do not plan on buying FISH for several months, I expect to get comfortable with the water quality for at least 3 months or even more if I need to buy additional filtration.

Let me know if anyone is willing to help me out and I'll sort everything out to take meaningfull photos.

Thanks to all in advance.

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Old 04-06-2010, 08:31 AM   #2
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Oh heck yes! That's what we do here. Help. read our articles section on cycling a SW tank. That'll explain what you'll be doing for those 3 months while you "get comfortable with the water quality". Getting comfortable with the water will continue as you begin to stock it with fish and inverts.

Tell us first if you can more about the lighting. That'll determine if you do fish only or reef/coral and fish and what types of corals.

I'd also guess that with your current level of knowldge about the hobby and your recent purchase, we can get you set up with fish by about July or August.

Well, kinda serious about that, depending on your ability to possible spend a bit more if needed and do some research. Will likely need a few new and inexpensive plumbing pcs at least.

You've come to the right place. We love projects and pictures, and you've got (or will have) both for us. C'mon, let's get started! Why aren't the pics up yet?? C'mon, c'mon!!

All that said, patience is the key to a successful hobby experience.
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:51 AM   #3
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I would agree with austinsdad... Your gunna be a while...lol

Man I have to say thats how i got in this hobby. Someone gave me a tank i didn't buy it but i didn't have a clue one about how to set it up or nothing. And of course i didn't have everything so me and the owner of my LFS became real good friends quick!
He had been in this hobby about 30 years. He gave me tons of advice and also had alot of books and things he loaned me to read. So the AA will be able to help you allot, but the first thing i would do is get acquainted with my LFS. And try to find the biggest best one in your area. I wouldn't recommend pet smart or petco or anything like that.
Try to find a locally owned private fish store. Most of the big chain store have a bunch of people that know nothing and you will end up waisting allot of money
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And like austinsdad said get some good pics on here so people can see what you have to tell you if you have what you need. There are somethings you have to have, and certain things can wait till your budget allows!

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Old 04-06-2010, 10:20 PM   #4
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Thanks to all who have replied, below is a link to download all the photos at full quality taken from my phone:

ADrive.com – 50GB of Free Online Storage & Backup

I uploaded it to my adrive account, hope you can all download them and analyze where I stand. Hope I don't need much more. Thanks to all!

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Tagging along for the ride. Hope it's a smooth one.
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Old 04-06-2010, 10:44 PM   #6
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Tagging along for the ride. Hope it's a smooth one.
I sure hope so! Thanks! Hope you guys can download the link to my photos. I was hoping I could attach multiple photos through but the system only allows 4 attachments per post which means I would have to post 19 post separately, thus, the adrive link is a better option and there was no need to resize the photos.

I'm on stand by for any advice, thanks!

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WOW you paid 325 for ALL of that? you got an AWESOME deal! the tank by itself its worth that IMO. First you are going to need a stand or are you going to put it in the wall? Once you get that you can plan out your plumbing. the tank with the "baffles" is your sump and will go beneath your main tank. Makes a great place to put heaters, protein skimmers and such where its out of sight.
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would really suggest you do some reseach and read some article before you actually start putting anything in the tank!! even water!!
its better to have at least some idea on what you are doing than don't know much and just jump in.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f14/stock-list-and-tips-for-maintaining-your-sw-tank-73477.html
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:04 AM   #9
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would really suggest you do some reseach and read some article before you actually start putting anything in the tank!! even water!!
its better to have at least some idea on what you are doing than don't know much and just jump in.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums/f14/stock-list-and-tips-for-maintaining-your-sw-tank-73477.html
Thanks, I've read the initial tips, and have a bit more understanding of the whole SW ideals. I honestly want to get the best equipment possible even if it takes me months to aquire all.

From the Photos I submited in a post above. Who of you can come up with proper tank Stand dimensions to hide all possible filter and to provide sufficient hidden plumbing? The Photos have a tape measure to provide all the tank(s) dimmensions. The tank stand will be on top concrete slab but right next to the concrete slab I have a section of the house with elevaded floor where I mean to provide tap water access and drainage as well as all the utility outlet needs.

What do you guys think? What else do I need to buy that is not included in the photos. I will clean everything as good as possible and are pretty skillfull with the required plumbing.

I'll appreciate any inputs specially for the stand dimensions which is my current next expense and I want it to be as perfect as possible for my tank needs.

Thanks in advance, I'm so glad I found the forum full of experts.

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Not sure if you have any carpentry skills but if so you can build your stand yourself. I built mine. I was given a 125 but no stand. The guy i got it from went to a 150 and kept the stand.
It didn't cost me much at all. 2 sheets of birch plywood some stain and a couple hinges wood glue and screws. Maybe 100$ total and one weekend. That was the first thing i did before anything. I got the tank where i wanted it and up on the stand. Then placed the sump under the stand and started working out the plumbing.
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