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Old 08-09-2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Starting first saltwater tank, any advice

So I'm starting my first saltwater tank on my own. I have little experience with them, although my mother had one for a couple years. I'm starting out with a 55 gallon tank that I buying that currently has 4 fish and some live rock in it. I was wondering if it was best to transport the water that is already in the tank to my house so I can skip the cycling process or should I start from the beginning?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:42 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA the water won't transfer over any BB (beneficial bacteria) but I would still use half of it to keep from a massive parameter swing and save you 20-30 gallons worth of salt and Ro/Di water. Do you have a refractometer and test kit yet? Do you plan on making this a reef tank or just fowlr (fish only with live rock)?
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Old 08-09-2012, 10:49 AM   #3
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I'm gonna make it a reef take and I do have a test kit that I'm getting with the tank not sure about the meter. It is also coming with 40 lbs of live rock.

Here is a list of everything that I am getting with the tank.

This includes: 55 gallon tank, black stand, about 20 pounds of salt, topfin top mount filter, a blower that aerates the water, 40 pounds of live rock, big fish cave(fake rock), the fish in it right now if they stay Alive through the process which are: two clownfish, green chronic and a yellowtail damsel. Also there are the original lights to the tank and t5 48" four bulbs timed lights: two day lights, two actinic lights and two moonlights, a very good brand heater, and a bunch of maintenance supples, vacuum brushes, water chemicals, primer chemicals, salinity test kit. And some food!
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Old 08-09-2012, 11:19 AM   #4
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Sounds like you got pretty much everything. I would say get rid of the chromis and damsel though they can become quite aggressive. Also you'll want to upgrade the lighting if you want any SPS..as for the pumps I would run 2 750s and a 500 for flow. You'll also want a skimmer rated for over 100 gallons if you plan on corals
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Okay sounds great I will keep you updated on how everything goes, picking up the tank on Monday.

Should I try and use half the water that is currently in the tank to speed up the cyclin process or start from the beginning?
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The water won't have any BB. To seed the tank transfer as much LR and filter media as you can.
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:03 AM   #7
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Tank is all set up, the levels seem to be stable and the fish made it through the moving process.
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