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Old 05-22-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Starting my first saltwater tank

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I'm starting my first saltwater tank and I need all the help I can get. As you can tell I'm new to the saltwater world, and I'm new to this forum. I have a 36 gallon bow front with a fluval 206 canister.
I'm really young so I don't have to much money. Any tips or tricks will help.

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Old 05-22-2013, 10:23 PM   #2
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Welcome! There is plenty to learn and asking questions here is a good start! I also bought a good reference book too and I still refer to it so worth the investment. There is probably too much info to list in one post so best to start step by step. Step one - read the stickies here on how to set up a saltwater tank and browse the threads of people who have similar sized tanks to you to get an idea of what equipment you will need (if it was me I would ditch the canister first up) Be warned, this can be an expensive hobby to get into. Plan early to avoid wasting money on the wrong equipment. You also can't rush it certainly in the first few months its a slow game. Patience and research will pay off in the long run. Good luck!
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:24 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help! I have been reader hung for about 4 to 5 months and I think I'm going to get the test kit, power head, live rock/dry rock, water (I'm gonna buy per made water because I don't want to mess up the mixing), and live sand. I've got heater and thermometer already. Anything else I should invest in?
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I don't know why it said reader hung. I meant to say have been researching.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:34 AM   #5
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I was nervous about the mixing too... While cycling you have plenty of time to practice.

Also you will be mixing water outside of the tank. Always check it before adding to the tank
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:03 AM   #6
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Ok thanks! So your saying buy the mixed water at first then when I do a water change add my own mixed water
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:33 AM   #7
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I would encourage you to mix your own water from the start. I keep a small bin and pump for mixing my water and just make sure to test it before it goes in
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:19 AM   #8
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Hello
Congrats on starting ur 1st salty. The comments about being expensive r all true. I've got 2 grand easy tied to a 60 gallon tank see pic

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Mixing ur own is more economical 4 sure. I use Instant ocean and am very lucky where I live because I just use tap water that isn't chlorinated. I let it mellow by aerating a few days and test it before it goes in the tank for salinity, temperature, and nitrates
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:16 PM   #9
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Ok thanks for all of the comments! I've sold my two bearded dragons and waited for my birthday because of hearing how expensive it was.

So my shopping list is

1 to 2 power heads

Salt

Live and dry rock (going to mix because it will eventually be live rock)

Test kit

Chemicals

And hydrometer

Already have heater

Already have thermometer

And I have a canister filter(witch will be upgraded to a sump eventually)

Any recommendation for lighting (I know the bulb it came with will be fine for live rock dry rock and live sand and fish) but I eventually want corals so... Remember I'm just a KID so I'm not a billionaire Thanks for all of the help!
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Welcome!

As said before, don't be in any hurry. This is a project that will take a bit of time. Most all of us have a budget we try to stay in with our own tanks. So don't be embarrassed you don't have thousands to throw at it. I would suggest, when you are ready for corals, that you buy a Taotronics 120w LED or a Rapid LED 90 watt LED fixture. Both would be great for your tank and will grow any light loving coral. Looking at between $150 and $300 dollars. Great birthday or Christmas present! Otherwise, your list looks right on. Mixing your own saltwater is easy and I recommend you get comfortable with it, but you must start with perfectly clean water like RO/DI which you can get from the fish store.

Sorry you had to sell the dragons, they are very cool. You'll like the aquarium just fine, but be patient.

Until then, keep reading and asking questions.
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