Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 01-31-2014, 06:18 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xsryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: California
Posts: 296
Thinking About Salt

So I have been fish keeping to the past two years. I had a 10gal, 55gal, and am almost done cycling a new 20gal. All fresh water, fully planted. I would like to do a salt water set up but i dont know the first thing about where to start. I have been reading different threads but i don't have a clue and get lost with some of the terminology. I am the type of person that I don't do well with trial and error. I want to know what i am doing, or at least have a pretty good idea before i get in to somthing. Petsmart has a great 36gal bowfront starter kit for $99 right now. would that make a good salty tank or does it require one of those $169 6gallon cube deals. I like the idea of a nano tank but not for $200.
Maybe saltwater is over my head and should just stick to my plants.
__________________

__________________
xsryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 06:33 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigRedsReefs10's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4,675
I originally started with fw planted tanks and sw is honestly not any harder than planted tanks. You can use any tank you choose an all in one isn't necessary. The main differences are types of filtration and the amount of flow in tank. Skimmers and LR are the best forms of filtration in sw. It is a rewarding hobby that if you want to try I say do it
__________________

__________________
BigRedsReefs10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 06:41 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xsryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: California
Posts: 296
Quote:
Originally Posted by BigRedsReefs10 View Post
I originally started with fw planted tanks and sw is honestly not any harder than planted tanks. You can use any tank you choose an all in one isn't necessary. The main differences are types of filtration and the amount of flow in tank. Skimmers and LR are the best forms of filtration in sw. It is a rewarding hobby that if you want to try I say do it
well what is every one talking about then with kPH and ro/di and stuff like that. Can I pretty much use my tap water and just salt it?
__________________
xsryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 06:58 PM   #4
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,249
IMO you should use ro or rodi water. Tap has too many impurities in it. I work for a large water municipality on the east coast.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 07:09 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xsryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: California
Posts: 296
What is rodi water ?

Sent from my SCH-I535 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________
The keyboard is mightier than the pen
xsryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 07:13 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
BigRedsReefs10's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 4,675
Thinking About Salt

Quote:
Originally Posted by xsryman View Post
well what is every one talking about then with kPH and ro/di and stuff like that. Can I pretty much use my tap water and just salt it?

Ph is the the acidity of the water dkh is alkalinity which is one of the params we test for in reef tanks. Ro/di is a water purification method reverse osmosis de-ionized water or water with 0tds (total dissolved solids). Tap water will lead to bad algae problems in sw or depending on what's in it can even kill sensitive inverts
Edit : you also need marine salt not aquarium salt
__________________
BigRedsReefs10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-31-2014, 07:39 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xsryman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: California
Posts: 296
Oh I see....

Sent from my SCH-I535 using Aquarium Advice mobile app
__________________

__________________
The keyboard is mightier than the pen
xsryman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
salt

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Is salt the same as salt the same as salt??? sushiluver Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 6 05-12-2006 01:06 AM
Salt, Salt, or Salt? oh and PH fish_4_all Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 16 05-22-2005 05:50 PM
thinking about salt retorres70 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 2 08-04-2004 11:57 AM
Thinking of trying Oceanic salt Brisc0 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 6 05-13-2004 03:34 AM
thinking about trying salt Ramrebel Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 10-10-2002 02:24 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:10 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.