(note, I ask a lot of questions somewhat within this post, sorry if it's confusing. Thanks for any and all advice)
Hey guys! Just want to give you some progress on my tank!
Super excited! Just got done with day one of getting everything set up. I bit the bullet and went to my local salt water fish store and asked them some questions, asked my brother some questions, and of course the info you guys gave me here was great! Here's my day in a nutshell, (and what I bought/how much)
I ended up going with salt water, becuase that's what I really wanted to do. I used my 29g Aquarium from Aqueon. This was the starter kit. I used the heater that came with it. I might replace this at some point because the tempature gadge is just a - and + not a number. It'd nice nice if I could change it to a number (I was told 78 is a great number to strive for, so that's what I am trying to get. That starter set was $85.53 with tax. I didn't use the filter, and won't be using the light/hood much longer.
Note: I bought a stick on (almost like a sticker) thermometer (paid 3.49), but it's not really working. I'm thinking the water is still too cold, to registrar? My brother has a magnetic one, that goes inside the tank, I might upgrade to that soon too. I hope by tomorrow the heater turns off, and my temp. show up. Should I be worried?
I bought a stand off of Craigslist for $40. It's very heavy duty, made of all wood, and so the guy who sold it to me says, used to have a 50g tank on it. so my 29g fits great. However it's just about the perfect fit for my 29g so I find it somewhat hard to believe he has a 50g, unless the size isn't much different, just the high, but still. I like it. Might have to modify it someday if I want a sump, but I am not going to worry about that for now.
Then today I bought all of this from my local salt water LFS
store in Rochester, NY The place is called Caribbean Forest. Thermometer 3.49.
I got a simple Instant Ocean Hydrometer for $11.99 I think I am going to take your advice and get a refractors soon Carey, but for now I needed something to check my salt levels.
I got a Marineland Bio-Wheel Power Filter Penguin, 200. It filters 200 GPH
, and its for up to 50 gallons. That was 49.99. It's not bad. I really like it, wish it was a little quieter, but I know nothing will be silent, I'll get used to the water sound. Any suggestions on how to muffle it?
I ended up going with the better salt, it was called Reef Crystals. I got a 50 pound bag and used a little over half so far. Giving it a day before I add anymore salt. My level says about 1.020 but I am worried I am doing it wrong, because I was getting really wonky readings. So I am going to let it sit for a day. The salt was 21.99, and I still have some left.
I also got Live Sand. It was 32.99. I think that was a bit $$ but It was local. I didn't want to go driving all around today (even though I did lol) It was simple. I don't know if I want to get more, or if I can get more? It seams a bit low to be honest. I wouldn't mind having a little bit more. The guy at the place said 20 pounds would be plenty. However I wish it was a bit higher. How would I go about added more live sand if I already have the water in?
I also got about 7.2 pounds of Fiji live rock. I will get more, but I thought this would be a good start. He only charged me for 6 pounds which was really nice. It was 6.99 a pound. I want to get 30 pounds of it soon. Def. will want more before I start putting fish in. Again how do I add this now that I have the water in? Will I have to take some water out?
The total for all of that was $175.38 after tax.
I left, and went back in to pick up a Hydor Koralia Circulation and wave Pump. It was 46.99 It flow rate is 425 gph
. After tax t was 50.75
The guy at walmart told me I could use tap water. My brother insisted on me using RO
water. I went to my local walmart and bought 29 (one gallon) RO
waters. Their Green top Drinking Water. It says Produced by Reverse Osmosis right on the bottle which was great. I have three gallons left. I also splurged and bought a 20 oz red bull (for me not the tank. The water was $27.57 after tax (not including the red bull that was $4.48! Yikes)
So, so far I have spent a grand total of: $339.23.
That's not too bad. And my brother surprised me with buying the light you recommended in a previous post Carey. I hope you still recommend it!The 30in 4Bulbs fixtures. From fishneedit. It was 109.99 + tax. He got me two white, two blue at 10k power. Do you still enjoy them? I made a two and a half hour video of me setting it up. I might edit it and upload it to you tube.
My list of things I am going to be getting tomorrow or very soon:
More live rock.
A magmatic thermometer.
A glass top when my new light gets here. They sell them for $24.99 at my local store.
A master API test kit to test my levels.
Then my someday soon in a few weeks/months.
A protean skimmer
Anything I am missing that I NEED like yesterday? And what do I need before I put fish in?