Originally Posted by bckane
Ok setting up a 29 gal
saltwater tank, here's what I have so far
My local fish store recommened the supplys I bought:
Emperor Filter 280
30" Aqualight Deluxe Series - Double Linear Strip with 2-65 watt 50/50
40 lbs CaribSea Aragamax Sugar-Sized Reef Sand
They also recommended a:
Red Sea - The Prizm Skimmer .?????
I didnt buy it yet because they told me I didnt need it till I bought my Liverock.
Red Sea - The Prizm Skimmer .....Ok or can I do better (same price range)
I was going to add 10lbs of live sand ontop of the aragamax.?
Local petstore said......(no need to) because of the live rock im going to add, the aragamax will become live.?
Im going to set up my tank this weekend, should I wait till I get my live rock and do it all at once......or is it ok to go ahead and setup the tank water.salt sand..and add the rock later.?????
Sounds like a good plan for the most part.
Answer #1) A skimmer is strongly opinion based... some folks swear by them, others don't see the need. I think it depends on your tank and your inhabitants. I don't have one or experience with any so someone else will have to help you with if thats a good one or not.
Answer #2) The LFS
is right in that your sand will become LS
from the LR
and the cycle (have you read up on how to Cycle Without Fish
? If you're using LR
you won't need the shrimp, the LR
will provider the ammonia needed) However, the healthiest tanks have a diverse sand bed, meaning there is a wide varity of life in the sand. So if you have the few extra bucks, I'd add that 10# of LS
to contribute to the diversity.
Answer #3) IMO
, It's a good idea to set up the tank, add the sand and water and get your other equip in and going for at least a day to be sure everything is functioning and there are no leaks before you buy anything thats "alive" including your LR
Comment #1) I didn't hear any mention of a heater or any powerheads, did you skip them for post simplicity or have you skipped those in your plan? (You'll need them) and of course you have a good salt mix, hydrometer and test kits right? Just making sure as you said the above was what you had so far.