I am getting ready to start my first SW
tank after many years of freshwater experience and I'm super excited!!!
I have a 55gl 4ft tank with a Cascade 1000 Canister filter that I plan to use to get started. This is what I've purchased so far:
2 600 gph
Hydor Koralia Evolution Circulation Pump/Powerhead
48"Aquatic Life LED
Aquarium Light Fixture
4 20lb bags of CaribSea Arag-Alive Bahamas Oolite Aquarium Sand
5 gl bucket of Instant Ocean Aquarium Salt
API Saltwater Master Kit Testing Kit
and I'm going to buy 50 lbs of Live rock today so I can start my tank this weekend.
I know I probably want to get a Protein Skimmer but it is not in the budget to get started and I think I will be ok at the beginning so I plan to add it a few months down the road.
So my freshwater tank has been cleaned thoroughly and is ready to get started!
My plans are to buy my live rock today and then start filling my tank with water tomorrow. So here are my beginning questions.
1. How long can I leave the live rock out of water?
2. Can I put my live sand in and then the live rock and start filling with saltwater slowly? How long should I wait after mixing a bucket of saltwater before I put it in the tank. I plan to make 25 gallons tonight and pour it in tomorrow but then make the other gallons tomorrow and pour the buckets in after the salinity checks out.
3. My power heads won't be here for about 5 days after I start the tank will it be okay to run the tank with just the cascade canister for circulation until the power heads get here?
I'm on well water that is super clean so I plan on using my hose to fill the tank without conditioning the water. I never had problems doing this with my freshwater tanks. Thoughts?