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Old 12-20-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Thinking of starting a reef tank...

I have been toying with the idea of a reef tank for quite a while but always talked myself out of it, I am thinking of taking the plunge into salt water aquaria next year sometime and just want to know what essential equipment I need ( apart from the tank obviously lol) I have a lot of experience with freshwater tropicals but any help on reef tanks will be appreciated
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:08 PM   #2
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So much different equipment thats optional it all depends on what you want to do. Basic would be tank, lights, sump, skimmer, powerheads, return pump, overflow box unless you get a drilled tank, heater...
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:19 PM   #3
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also live rock, sand and if you want to keep corals either led's or at least t5's
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ya Live rock, Sand, Salt, test kits, supplements, etc...
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:59 PM   #5
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Thanks for the replies, does the water need to be RO? And yea I know about the live rock and coral sand. I am reading a book on it ATM but it says about fluidized sand beds and power heads and loads of stuff about lighting and stuff. Basically I need to know all the essential hardware for a beginner/moderate reef tank + essential test kits ect like salt lever checker and that kinda stuff. Is it really that much harder than fresh water?
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Thanks for the replies, does the water need to be RO? And yea I know about the live rock and coral sand. I am reading a book on it ATM but it says about fluidized sand beds and power heads and loads of stuff about lighting and stuff. Basically I need to know all the essential hardware for a beginner/moderate reef tank + essential test kits ect like salt lever checker and that kinda stuff. Is it really that much harder than fresh water?
RO water is really the way to go it elimianates alot of the contaminates that are in the public water. you need a hydrometer to check the salinity, ph,nitrite, nitrate and ammonia test kits to start
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Ok thanks, what about the fluidized sand filter and having power heads on a timer, is all that stuff essential as well!?
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well the only time the powerheads should be off is when your feeding. The sump with filter pad and bioballs or rock should be your filter along with a protein skimmer and live rock in the tank
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:02 PM   #9
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As mentioned there are a lot of different factors to consider. Although sumps are great, they are not necessary. What size tank were you planning? Did you only want fish and live rock? or were you planning to get corals. If you want corals plan to spend twice as much.
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I have been toying with the idea of a reef tank for quite a while but always talked myself out of it, I am thinking of taking the plunge into salt water aquaria next year sometime and just want to know what essential equipment I need ( apart from the tank obviously lol) I have a lot of experience with freshwater tropicals but any help on reef tanks will be appreciated
Imo sump for filtration in the sump youd add chaeto to keep nitrates down insump skimmer return pump in tank you need powerheads 30-50x tank volume turnover rate basics tests such as ammonia nitrite nitrate ph calcium alkalinity magnesium using a quality saltmix will help maintain essential elements and keep chemical additives at a minimal plan on weekly 10% waterchanges use ro/di water to insure your not adding nutrients of any sort to the tank general rule of thumb is 1-1 1/2 lbs of liverock for biological filter
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