Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-15-2004, 06:13 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: York, PA
Posts: 6
Setup Plans, need advice.

Here's my plans so far for my SW tank. I haven't bought the skimmer yet so please lemme know if it'll do the job or if there is a better one I should look into getting. Definetly looking at a hang-on, since there will be no sump/plumbing.

29 Gallon Tank
#25lbs of Southdown Sand
#? Live Rock
CPR bakpak II skimmer
Won Pro-Heat Titanium 200watt Heater w/ easy temp control

This would be a FOWLR to start.

Now I had the tank, put in the southdown sand and filled with water. And that's where im out now, haven't added salt yet. The water is milky/clouded even after 24 hours. If the water doesn't clear, then I may just drain it take the sand out and start again with a different substrate. Everyone I had talked too tho, said the southdown would work fine and that the liverock would easily seed it too become live sand.
__________________

__________________
- Cyberkiller
http://www.anythingchat.com
Cyberkiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2004, 06:41 PM   #2
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,968
It can take up to a week to clear. If you light it, it will be quicker. The smallest grains of sand basically need to build bacteria on them to sink. When your tank is new, sand storms are really common, after a month or so, enough bacteria has developed that it is rare.

Also, different live sand adds diversity of organisms.
__________________

__________________
Bearfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-15-2004, 11:41 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: York, PA
Posts: 6
will the bacteria grow even tho I didn't add the salt in yet? It's currently just freshwater
__________________
- Cyberkiller
http://www.anythingchat.com
Cyberkiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2004, 05:58 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Cochranville PA
Posts: 698
Once you check the system for leaks, add the salt then a shrimp to start the "fishless cycling"
__________________
A lot of ripples make a wave
darb2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2004, 10:21 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: York, PA
Posts: 6
Freshwater + Southdown Sand

Sand has been in for 3 days.

__________________
- Cyberkiller
http://www.anythingchat.com
Cyberkiller is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-16-2004, 10:32 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Franklin, TN
Posts: 3,968
Quote:
Originally Posted by darb2
Once you check the system for leaks, add the salt then a shrimp to start the "fishless cycling"
Yep.
__________________
Bearfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2004, 04:21 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Lompoc, Ca
Posts: 1,313
Send a message via AIM to XXFirefighter Send a message via Yahoo to XXFirefighter
shoulda added sand before you put in the water...
put the lights on and drop in your shrimp...
if thats the way u gonna go !
__________________
XXFirefighter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2004, 06:26 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Cochranville PA
Posts: 698
That is about right. The bacteria will begin to colonize on the smaller particles of sand and they will settle out. It may take up to another week. No worries mate
__________________
A lot of ripples make a wave
darb2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2004, 11:10 AM   #9
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: WI
Posts: 1,783
I would change the skimmer to an Aqua C remora. You will ne alot more happy with it over the CPR!
__________________
captivereefs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-17-2004, 11:51 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Nebraska, USA
Posts: 6,703
I have no experience with a CPR, but from what i've heard it's not a bad choice, especially since you have such a small tank.

don't remove the sand...that just makes it worse. it doesn't look like you rinsed the sand first like you're supposed to.

I'd drain off all the water, then put a bowl in the sand and refill the tank with freshwater by pouring into the bowl, which minimizes stirring up the dust in the sand. then add your salt, a shrimp and let the cycle begin.

here's a link to CPR's with cosmetic blemishes...so they're a little cheaper than retail: http://amekaaquatics.com/Merchant2/m..._Code=_SECONDS
__________________

__________________
Former advisor and planted tank geek...life's moved on though.
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
setup

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Advice For A New 2G Setup? SpleenRippa Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 10-27-2007 01:50 PM
New Setup. Advice Please. HitTheRoadJack Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 6 06-05-2007 12:24 AM
55 gallon stocking plans, advice requested boojumsnark25 Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 8 01-24-2007 02:00 AM
switching my plans from FOWLR to FO... need advice. guitarded Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 10 09-23-2004 12:43 PM
river tank setup plans rfb Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 2 08-12-2004 01:30 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.