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Old 10-11-2011, 01:49 AM   #1
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Smile Starting my 55gal reef!

So I almost have all that I need to get started. Can you all let me know what I still need. Other than a stand and rock! This is what I have got.
2 - Zoo Med power sweep 228 power heads 540GPH.
Coralife ultraviolet sterilizer 9W.
Saltwater master test kit.
Fluva 405 canister filter.
Marine land magnum 350 canister filter.
Coralife skimer.
300W heater
A box of salt.
Aquarum T5 HO hood.
Natures Ocean live sand 40lb
Natures Ocean substrate 50lb
Ocean Sun 10,000k bulb
Coral Sun Actinic 420 bulb.

I am very excited to get started but still need the stand and rock.
I think that I will be getting Eco Rock from BRS.

Let me know what you all think I should change out or add!
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:54 AM   #2
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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It looks like a good start. Are you going to use a refractometer?
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:12 AM   #5
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I think that I want to but as of right now I just want to get the stand and rock to start to cycle. But I have got to be patient and not spend to much money at the same time. All of the expenses ant not making the wife all that happy.
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Can I start my cycle with the 90 lb of sand and like 30 base rock?
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Can I start my cycle with the 90 lb of sand and like 30 base rock?
You can start your cycle with whatever you want. It's better to put all the rock in there before the cycle, that way the rock cycles with the tank and it's less work, but you don't have too. It definitely helps to have a few pieces of live rock, but that's not a must either.

I used a piece of raw shrimp when I cycled my tanks. You might need two pieces in a 55g, if you go that route.
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After reading all of the other people in this forum about there power heads I am having second thoughts about using the ones that I have. Will they work out for me?
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After reading all of the other people in this forum about there power heads I am having second thoughts about using the ones that I have. Will they work out for me?
I've honestly never heard of them. They look like they would take up alot of room in the tank. I have Hydor Koralia powerheads in all my tanks and they work excellent. Wish I could be of more help, sorry.
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Thanks, I can't find out much about them online I guess they are new. They claim that by content rotation of tje heads they get better water movement than just spraying in the same direction. I guess I will try and maybe be the person that will be able to educate someone else down the road. Or they can learn from my mistake.
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