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Old 01-20-2014, 03:13 PM   #1
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Starting a sw aquarium?

I'm wanting to make a sw aquarium out of my 30 gallon. I've done some reasearch, I'm not going to do a sump. Since it'll be fish and live rock I'm just going to use the lighting I have now. Could I use the filter from the fw (dual filter, biowheel rated for 60-80g). So basically my question is, do I just need to get a skimmer and a powerhead now?
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:44 PM   #2
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Also, do I need live sand if I'm going to be using live rock? Could I set it up as fw (put the sand in, start the filters) an just let it run until I decide what to do (adding salt, live rock, and the powerhead and skimmer later).
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:20 PM   #3
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You don't need live sand it will become "live" as your bb builds up. I would not add the water and sand first then salt later though. You should make up your salt water and let it mix for 24 hours or so before adding it to your tank. It will be easier to get your salinity where you want it outside of the tank where you can easily add more water should your salinity be to high. I use big plastic blue storage crates (think there brutes but don't remember) they were like 10 bucks at walmart I believe
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:23 PM   #4
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So just using the play sand or pool filter sand would be okay? That's what I'm using in my fw tank. Is cycling the salt water the same as fresh water? Can I have live rock when the tank isn't cycled yet?
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Old 01-20-2014, 07:26 PM   #5
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As to the first post yes you can use that filter I would not run the bio pellets though that's more for fw. Run the filter without any media for your cycle and you will probably want to pick up 2 power heads one for the tank and a second cheap one for mixing wc water. A skimmer isn't necessary but they are nice to have. There are many good hob skimmers out there if you want less stuff in the display
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I wouldn't use play sand I believe that will lead to bad algae problems. Not sure about pool filter sand but reef sand is like $25 for a 30 lbs bag so i would go that route if it were my tank. Yes you can add LR it will usually speed up your cycle a little bit
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So would 1 pound per gallon be good for reef sand? (I know. Lots of questions, but I want to be fully prepared before starting this adventure!)
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Really it depends on how want it to look. If you like the shallow look 1lbs / gal should be fine. I personally like the look that about 1.5lbs per gal gives me ( about 2 in deep average)
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I've used play sand before without any issues. Some people have have worse results.
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I used reef sand and havent had any probs. have u considered livestock yet?
Remember , to cycle, use a peice of shrimp that u get at the supermarket seafood counter. Dont use a live fish.
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