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Old 04-05-2005, 04:01 PM   #1
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What do I need to get started?

I have lots of freshwater fish, but i was wondering what i need to get a small fish only saltwater aquarium up and running.

Can anybody guide me in the cheapest direction. I am looking for something very basic but i have no clue as to what i need.

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Old 04-05-2005, 11:13 PM   #2
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Sand (I use Aragonite live sand)
salt mixture of some kind
Hydrometer
A decent light
Live rock if you want to have it
Test kit to check your water


That should get ya started on your way, forgive me if i forgot something.
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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Yeah.
That should do it.
I would only add that if you're going to use live rock, a power head would not go amiss. Jeff
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New plastic bucket to mix salt water
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Old 04-05-2005, 11:49 PM   #5
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i have a test kit for freshwater. what tests do i need to perform that are not included in my freshwater test kit?
Specifications: The kit is complete for testing tap water and aquarium water. It includes pH (6.0 to 7.6), high range pH (7.4 to 8.8), Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate.

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I would take a little different approach. Lose the filter and replace with LR and a skimmer. With this type of setup only a normal output flourescent is needed.

tank, light/hood, heater, substrate(4in DSB), LR(1.5lbs/gal), skimmer and some ph for good water movement.

Of course the tests mentioned above as well as salt is needed. The FW kit will not likely work. I keep pH at 8.2 and weekly test ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, phosphates, calcium and alkalinity. I keep a closer eye on salinity and use a refractometer although a hydrometer will work.
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Old 04-06-2005, 01:50 AM   #7
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i was looking at protein skimmers and I'm not sure which one to get.
for the tank, i plan on using a 20 gallon long. or possibly just a 10 gallon. I have both tanks just sitting around
can you guys guide me in choosing the right one?
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The bigger the tank the better, more water makes a more stable tank.
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Larger tank is definately a plus. I recommend 30 gals or more for a first tank. If the tank is small like the 10 gal you may be able to skip the skimmer. It would mean frequent partial water changes but with that size tank it isnt too bad.
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i'm gonna start with the 20 gallon. what should i look at for protein skimmers?
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