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Old 03-15-2011, 01:12 AM   #1
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Starting a new tank..

Hello, I'm new to salt water aquariums and I bought some of the setup tonight and I'm excited to get started. I had some freshwater cichlids around 5 years ago so i'm not a complete novice, but I know saltwater is a lot more difficult to take care of.. Anyway, I plan on doing a FOWLR setup, so i have sufficient lighting for that, but not for coral. I bought a the following so far:

38 gallon tank
40 pounds of ocean direct live sand
Emperor 280 power filter
API Saltwater master test kit.
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50 Gallons Instant Ocean Reef Crystals..
A couple 5 gallon buckets.

So, yea, tons of research here I come.. though I am very excited to start everything, I know it won't be a few weeks or even a month until I can get fish for it..

I was told to wait until the tank is setup for a few days with everything running before I buy the 38 pounds of Live Rock and heater. so i will do that in a couple days.. Do you still think I need a powerhead for this small of a tank that isn't going to have coral?

Anything else you think I need that i might be missing? Just want to add I haven't started adding anything into to the tank yet, everything is still packed, I want to read as much as I can before I start.. I know about cycling from doing freshwater setups.. but I need to read if anything is different for saltwater setups. Thanks for your time.
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If you can trade the hydrometer in for a refractometer t iis much more accurate and easy to use. I have noticed that water movement helps keep algae away so you might want to get a power head.

Take is slow and be patient is probably the best advice I have ever taken. Read up on problems people have with their tanks before you set yours up so you will know when stuff is going wrong or right for it.

Cycling is basically the same for both.
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We have some great SW articles in our article section. Esp the one on cycling.
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Thank you everyone for all your help so far, I appreciate it. So I woke up this morning and the tank is still super cloudy after 7 hours.. How long should I wait before I run my filter with the media at the back?

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You are going to want to get some water movement in there. Cloudiness will last a couple days.
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So i'm curious about Live Rock now, I found a bunch of ads for used live rock for half the price that the LFS has it for.. They are private sellers and local.. Actually even less than half the price.. Is there such a thing a 'bad' live rock?
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You are always going to pay more for something at lfs. If you don't know your source for the lr it could carry with it more then just beneficial bacteria. Also if the lr was sitting out of water for a period of time it will have to be cured in your tank. But lr is expensive and if you are comfortable buying used lr then I would do it.
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I know a guy local in nj that makes his own lr. And it is very nice clean, quality lr. So there are people out there that can get you good deals just be careful who you buy from.
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Just out of curiosity, in my above picture with the murky tank, what is all that gunk on the top layer? Sand? Salt?
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