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Old 11-23-2012, 09:32 PM   #1
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Want to try saltwater no experience

Hey everybuddy! Well I am new to the salt water forums. I have a 20gallon long tank made by truvu. It is currently a tangynikan tank with crush coral substrate. Now I am new and do not know anything about salt water. What equipment do I need and how do I start the cycle?
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Old 11-24-2012, 12:56 AM   #2
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Hi buy this book the reef aquarium volume 3 by delbeek and sprung. Cause knowledge = patience = experience just be patient read an research good luck on your build.
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Old 11-25-2012, 03:35 AM   #3
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There's endless info out there and some of it can be false. My best advice is to research on your own, from a trusted source. AA articles can be a good start for basic start:

Important Information for Those New to the Aquarium Hobby - Aquarium Advice

Cycle your salt tank - Aquarium Advice

When I first started I checked out library books and looked on liveaquaria.com for livestock selection and some info.

The equipment depends on if you want corals or not. Either way, you don't need a skimmer since it's a small aquarium.
Other than what you have:
-1-2 lbs of rock, depending on what looks good and how porous the rock is (can have 75% base rock and 25% LR [just ex.])
-Filter rated up to twice as much as the water volume
-Test kit!!! API will work.
-light for FOWLR (fish only w/ live rock) can be anything
for reef depends if you want soft or hard corals, or both and how much you're willing to spend b/c light fixtures + bulbs (or LEDs) can get expensive.
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