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Old 01-22-2011, 10:12 AM   #1
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I want to start a 55g sw tank

I want to know what I need to start it like what I need for the tank an how long I should let it cycle and etc
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Old 01-22-2011, 11:52 AM   #2
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I just started my SW tank in September of last year and the best help came from the members on this website. The first thing I did though was read the information in the SW article section like:

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:12 PM   #3
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I just started my SW tank in September of last year and the best help came from the members on this website. The first thing I did though was read the information in the SW article section like:

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Thank u do u have anything else
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:17 PM   #4
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Well, what are you going to keep? Fish only, Fish with live rock, corals? This will determine what you will really need. For example if you are going to keep corals your lighting needs are going to be higher, in both light and cost. Are you going to add a sump and refugium? What kind of fish? All these things and more will determine what you need. As for the cycle, I went fishless cycle, and this can take a couple of weeks and up.

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:19 PM   #5
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I just started my SW tank in September of last year and the best help came from the members on this website. The first thing I did though was read the information in the SW article section like:

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So do u basically set up a sw n a fw tank the same way n do they use the same type of tank
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Old 01-22-2011, 12:22 PM   #6
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Well, what are you going to keep? Fish only, Fish with live rock, corals? This will determine what you will really need. For example if you are going to keep corals your lighting needs are going to be higher, in both light and cost. Are you going to add a sump and refugium? What kind of fish? All these things and more will determine what you need. As for the cycle, I went fishless cycle, and this can take a couple of weeks and up.

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I want to put coral and nice rocks n maybe some shells n etc also I want to put some type of plants but I just want to get the general idea before I go buy another tank cuz I have a fw tank now I want a sw one too and I know they are different and wanted to see how much so
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The tank can be the same, unless there has been copper medication used in the tank. If you are going with a sump/refugium, which I would recommend, I would get a reef ready tank, which means it is drilled to drain into a sump/refugium. The differences I found are great. I started with fresh water myself and found that it is so much more involved. I liked that. But very expensive and without a lot of research you are going to waste a lot of money. Live rock, protein skimmers, corals, fish all cost a pretty dollar in sw aquariums. Even the water and salt mixes. I had a budget but realized very quickly it should have been higher. I would also recommend an RO/DI unit for your water. There are ways to keep the costs down but you don't want to go so cheap as too jeopardize the livestock.

Lots of great people here at this website but you need to do a lot of research and take your time and do it right the first time. It was at least two weeks before I had water in my tank and then another three weeks of cycle before I even put my clean up crew in there (crabs, shrimp, snails). Take your time, ask lots of questions, read, read, read...and then read some more.

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The tank can be the same, unless there has been copper medication used in the tank. If you are going with a sump/refugium, which I would recommend, I would get a reef ready tank, which means it is drilled to drain into a sump/refugium. The differences I found are great. I started with fresh water myself and found that it is so much more involved. I liked that. But very expensive and without a lot of research you are going to waste a lot of money. Live rock, protein skimmers, corals, fish all cost a pretty dollar in sw aquariums. Even the water and salt mixes. I had a budget but realized very quickly it should have been higher. I would also recommend an RO/DI unit for your water. There are ways to keep the costs down but you don't want to go so cheap as too jeopardize the livestock.

Lots of great people here at this website but you need to do a lot of research and take your time and do it right the first time. It was at least two weeks before I had water in my tank and then another three weeks of cycle before I even put my clean up crew in there (crabs, shrimp, snails). Take your time, ask lots of questions, read, read, read...and then read some more.

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Yes I will defiantly do so but where do u find tanks with drill holes in them because I have no clue where to get them
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Yes I will defiantly do so but where do u find tanks with drill holes in them because I have no clue where to get them
Also I will do alot of reading and research too because I want to finish hooking up my fw tank first then moving on to salt water but I wAnt to do my research early because I might start my sw tank in the summer or early fall
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:35 AM   #10
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You can get reef ready tanks at any LFS. Sometimes they have one instock and other tImes they'll have to order it.

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