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Old 10-14-2012, 03:46 AM   #1
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Starting my first tank. 55gallon

I am just looking for any information people can give me. I am going to by using all live sand and live rock. Do I mix my water and run it for a couple days then add my sand and rock? Any info would be great.
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Old 10-14-2012, 03:48 AM   #2
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I'd add the sand and rock then the water. Makes sure you have a sturdy aquascape
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by adding the live sand and rock before the water wont that kill the good critters. Or should I be heating and testing the water before I add it to the tank?
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When I set up mine I put the water in to about half way, added the salt and heater, powerhead. Let it heat up for a day. Then put in the live rock, then added more SW from buckets till about 80% full. Then added the live sand. That way, any sand digging fish I get won't topple the rocks and get crushed by falling rocks. I did mine during the warmer months, so temp of water wasn't really an issue, as it might be now (depending on where you live). Then I let it cycle for about a month.
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Oh yeah, I also hooked up my filter at that time so it could cycle. Forgot to add that part.
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