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Old 03-26-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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36 gal bow face fowlr first time ever what do i do?

So so far I have added live sand and the salt water and have it cycling what now please any help?
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What else should I add I have a filter that the pet store recremended and a heater and its just going empty with no live rock or anything what other equipment do I need?
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You need to add live rock for starters, Around 30 pounds should do it. Then you should get a book on how to keep a saltwater aquarium and do plenty of research. You will need a powerhead (possibly 2) a refractometer for measuring salinity, saltwater test kits, a ro-di system for making water (no tap water here I am afraid) buckets for mixing water, extra heater/powerhead for mixing water.
what kind of filter is it? What kind of lighting do you have? What are you future plans for the tank? Once you have all these things you can start your cycle, which could take about 4 weeks, then it's time for fish
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I just need the pOwerhead to circulate water right i can only afford maybe 6lb of live rock ATM I saw this fossilized reef rock at pet smart can I add some of that? Is fake decor ok with bubbles? I have a coral life actinic t8 fluorescent 17 w 24"
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Some said I should throw a shrimp in there too
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With aqua clear brand filter rated for 50 gal
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Old 03-26-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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No bubbles or fake decor in salt water in my opinion! adding live rock later may stall the cycle or cause a mini cycle. You could add dry/base rock later if you have to. You will have a better cycle with rock, more proud places for you BB to live. Yes, raw shrimp can get the cycle started. Do get a book tho, best piece of equipment I own, I refer to it daily...
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No bubbles or fake decor in salt water in my opinion! adding live rock later may stall the cycle or cause a mini cycle. You could add dry/base rock later if you have to. You will have a better cycle with rock, more proud places for you BB to live. Yes, raw shrimp can get the cycle started. Do get a book tho, best piece of equipment I own, I refer to it daily...
What is a bb? Sorry
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No bubbles or fake decor in salt water in my opinion! adding live rock later may stall the cycle or cause a mini cycle. You could add dry/base rock later if you have to. You will have a better cycle with rock, more proud places for you BB to live. Yes, raw shrimp can get the cycle started. Do get a book tho, best piece of equipment I own, I refer to it daily...
Oh the bacteria I'm dumb lol
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Ok I put about 6 lb for now did a water test everytgong is 0 except .25 ppm ammonia
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