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Old 09-03-2004, 09:46 PM   #1
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Newbie questions

Hi, I just started cycling my first saltwater tank and have a few questions.

-Can I use sand from the beach? (I have some crushed coral now but I kind of want sand because I think it looks better)

-What are some relatively easy corals to keep, and could I realistically expect to keep them alive as a novice, and what additional equipment would I need?

-Can someone please post a piture of a seaclone protein skimmer setup? I have one but dont know how to hook it up (came with the tank I got at a garage sale). Im pretty mechanically able but without an understanding of what it is supposed to do I cant make it do it.

-What testing equipment do I need vs. what would be fine to just take samples in to the pet store to have done?

-Are there any must have water treaments I should keep on hand?

-What exactly is liverock?

-Any tips to help with general setup/maintanance? Ive done freshwater with good luck but this seems a bit more complicated.

Thanks in advance,
Josh
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:09 PM   #2
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no you cant use sand from the beach. Button Polyp -



Easy corals
Colony Polyp - Yellow Colony Polyp - \
Hairy Mushroom Coral -
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Green Fluorescent Mushroom Coral -
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Old 09-03-2004, 11:10 PM   #3
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To awnser the rest of you questions i need to no the size of you aquarium.
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thanks

its a 55 gallon
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Old 09-04-2004, 07:08 AM   #5
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I don't have a seaclone, but could you post a pic? There are past threads about how to tweek your seaclone skimmer. Skimmers basically pull water in a chamber and inject air in it. This creates a foam where Junk rises into a collection cup. hth
The basic test kit should include Ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, and copper if you need to treat a sick fish.
There are many good articles in the Articles section about getting starte. The getting started forum has many good posts that may also answer your questions.
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Old 09-04-2004, 09:22 AM   #6
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how far away is your fish store because if its more than 20 minutes away the sample will defect
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unless its traffic time I can get there in 5-10 minutes
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Old 09-04-2004, 05:51 PM   #8
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then i would take samples to the fish store
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Old 09-04-2004, 07:05 PM   #9
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Seaclone has a website with faq and troublshooting tips. Also Drsfostersmith.com has a picture of the skimmer set up on a tank.
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