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 08-11-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Cayenne's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 27
Took the plunge and purchased my fish tank and stand.

After careful research and much thought, I purchased a 16gal bow front glass tank as my starter SW build (picture attached).

Here is what I purchased so far:
Canister filter hanging outside
Ocean water (20 gal)
Sand (real) 40 pounds
Submersible heater
Digital thermometer
Gravel 10 pounds ( more decorative than anything)
Bucket for water changes

Items to purchase:

Please take a look at the list below and let me know if anything is missing:

Protein skimmer
Powerhead ?
Air stone?
Hydrometer
Master testing kit
Live rock
Siphon w/vacuum
Net
Algae cleaner for glass
Gloves
Power strip

I have a lovely conch shell from beach in the Carribean, can I use it in the tank? Thoughts? Suggestions? I can barely contain myself, but I know I'm a long way from adding fish, but the few fish I can actually keep in this small tank will be carefully selected, I need feedback from all! Thanks a mil
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1322172169.jpg
Views:	72
Size:	240.6 KB
ID:	111807   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1914082877.jpg
Views:	80
Size:	110.5 KB
ID:	111808  

__________________

__________________
Cay
Cayenne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
200 gallon reef's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 507
What type of saltwater tank do u want?
__________________

__________________
200 gallon reef is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mrc8858's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 5,834
Quote:
Originally Posted by 200 gallon reef
What type of saltwater tank do u want?
+1 do you want corals or are you gonna stick with fowlr (fish only with live rock). The shell will be fine to add too.
__________________
Mrc8858 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 01:44 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Cayenne's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 27
FOWLR, I need to learn more for corals. Someday, perhaps.
__________________
Cay
Cayenne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 01:46 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Mrc8858's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: USA
Posts: 5,834
Ok well for a tank this size a skimmer isn't a must (always good to have though) but a refractometer is instead of a hydrometer
__________________
Mrc8858 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 01:47 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,962
Good list so far but no need for a bubbler.
__________________
180g Reef - 60g Rimless Reef -90G FOWLR- 125g Malawi Cichlids- 40b REEF- 34g Fresh Planted-working on- 20L FOWLR- working on
I have a mix of many different saltwater fish amongst my tanks, but I love my Tangs most of all.
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
Giant Clam Addict
Community Admin
 
Sniperhank's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Summerville, Pennsylvania
Posts: 18,544
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cayenne View Post
After careful research and much thought, I purchased a 16gal bow front glass tank as my starter SW build (picture attached).

Here is what I purchased so far:
Canister filter hanging outside
Ocean water (20 gal)
Sand (real) 40 pounds
Submersible heater
Digital thermometer
Gravel 10 pounds ( more decorative than anything)
Bucket for water changes

Items to purchase:

Please take a look at the list below and let me know if anything is missing:

Protein skimmer
Powerhead ?
Air stone?
Hydrometer
Master testing kit
Live rock
Siphon w/vacuum
Net
Algae cleaner for glass
Gloves
Power strip

I have a lovely conch shell from beach in the Carribean, can I use it in the tank? Thoughts? Suggestions? I can barely contain myself, but I know I'm a long way from adding fish, but the few fish I can actually keep in this small tank will be carefully selected, I need feedback from all! Thanks a mil
Basically out of your list, the only thing you don't need is an airstone. That is more of a freshwater thing, though some people do use them it isn't necessary. You will be creating water movement with a powerhead or 2, which will then bring oxygen into your system.

I would also return the gravel. It will all sink and you won't ever see it after some time...but also freshwater gravels are painted. This will be eroded by saltwater and then you'll have all the chemicals and such in your water, probably killing your fish.

As for your conch shell. I'd boil it or bleach it first to make sure there isn't anything on it. It might not be the typical saltwater look, but it is doable and people do not have issues with it when done correctly.
Sniperhank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Madreefer420's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 205
+1 for sniperhank
__________________
Madreefer420 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2012, 08:24 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Cayenne's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 27
Just returned from my shopping trip with supplies in hand plus soooo every expensive live rock. Went down to Pacific Aquariums, awesome place. They had 2 batfish what beauties and a tank full of seahorses, all manner of sea life, invert, fresh, salt, etc. If anyone lives in NYC area, they should def check them out. Exhausted but happy. Thanks for all the advice. Now on to step 2. Stay tuned
__________________
Cay
Cayenne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-12-2012, 12:13 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Cayenne's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 27
Done, finally!! Very raw pics, I'm memorized already . Next, cycling.....
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2348522422.jpg
Views:	54
Size:	163.1 KB
ID:	111990   Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3790980476.jpg
Views:	52
Size:	162.4 KB
ID:	111991  

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-1998771198.jpg
Views:	60
Size:	149.4 KB
ID:	111993  
__________________

__________________
Cay
Cayenne is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
stand, tan

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








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:18 PM.


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