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Old 01-26-2015, 07:18 PM   #1
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55 gallon FOWLR startup =)

I was given a 55 gallon hexagon with stand last year, and am FINALLY getting it up and running! I've got it filled and disinfecting now, saltwater will be prepared over the next week, and I'll be expecting the filter to be delivered this weekend :0) last thing to order is dry live rock, and I'm ready to set up and start cycling! Whoop!




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Old 01-28-2015, 08:34 PM   #2
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Hello! Just out of curiosity, what are you disenfecting it with?
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Old 01-28-2015, 08:46 PM   #3
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Sorry. Spelled "disinfecting" wrong. Could be because I've been up for 2 days with a hospitalized husband and my brain is oatmeal. So, to get back to the subject, have you got any sand yet, plans on how to cycle the tank, and what kind of filter is on order? I already have a reef tank, but am currently putting together a FOWLR. I have a very dead cocktail shrimp in the 40 breeder, which I forgot to remove before we left for he hospital. Either my house will reek, or one of my cats will have dove in after it.
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I'm disinfected with granulated chlorine, circulated with my old HOB filter for about 24 hrs, then neutralized with sodium thiosulfate and rinsed.

For filtration, I purchased a Sunsun 4-stage canister with UV, and as for cycling, I've got 40 lbs CaribSea ocean direct live sand and live rock on the way.

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I disinfected*

Hope your shrimp didn't stink up the place!


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Old 01-29-2015, 12:22 PM   #6
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The wi-fi in the hospital is not very good and just erased two paragraphs I wrote you. Let me see if this will go thru...
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Old 01-29-2015, 12:34 PM   #7
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OK, that went thru, so here we go again. Have you done SW before? In case you don't already know, make sure you rinse that tank really well. The HOB you're using might be toast now with those chemicals.
I, as well, am using CaribSea Ocean Direct sand, and live dry rock. I have also ordered PurpleUp to try to start coloring the rocks a bit before the fish. I used BioSpira to hopefully bump up the cycle. One of my brand new heaters fried the night before we left, so I put a smaller, used one in to help the other keep the tank reasonably warm. Will deal with that when I get home, too.
Sounds like you're well on the way and I hope it goes really well. I look forward to hearing more about your tank as it progresses.
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I'm a marine biologist at a public aquarium, I specialize in Indo-Pacific fishes and invertebrates. So yes, I've done saltwater before haha Granulated chlorine is one of the disinfectants we use for our tools, etc., to prevent cross contamination, and to sterilize hospital tanks after use. Sodium thiosulfate deactivates the chlorine and is perfectly safe, all that is needed after using is to rinse well with freshwater. I've used it with plenty of hang on back filters, no need to worry

I may add a bio-starter, that is to be determined...


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You know, you had me fooled until, after my last posting, I asked my engineer husband what those chemicals were. I was a little embarrassed as to the HOB comment. But, you fooled me again with the fact that you are a Marine biologist, so yeah, you do know SW. I think I'll ask you all my questions from now on. Just kidding, as we all share our similarities and differences in this hobby. I am happy you are setting up a tank of your own. Whoops! I'm assuming this is going to be your only, at home, SW tank. What are you thinking of putting in it? In mine, I have no real idea. I am aware that you build a tank around the fishes, but I've always been a bit backward. I'll decide after I do more research. And more research.
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Of course I don't know everything, but I'd be happy to answer questions and share ideas with you!! I've only been in this profession for 4 years, and I'm finishing up my Master's in marine ecology and conservation this semester. I have learned a lot, but this is an area where the learning never stops I for sure want some jawfish, and I'll probably have some banggais (I breed them as part of my thesis), and eventually this may turn into a reef tank, so all my options are up in the air right now. We'll see what the rock looks like when it gets here!


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