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Old 08-19-2012, 02:20 PM   #1
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Can someone help me with starting a saltwater tank

I am gonna start 30 gallon long saltwater tank sense all my freshwater fish have out grown and are in my 80 I don't really understand about all the stuff you need and what It does can someone message me or something like that
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:31 PM   #2
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IMO- Well you might want to start with some T5 HO lighting depending on what you want to put in there... I have FOWLR (fish only with live rock) and that lighting is great. Next a nice fine substrate is probably best. Don't forget a bucket of salt, I use Instant Ocean. Hydrometer to test salinity, a salt water test kit, and some power heads (enough to generate 30 to 50 times the amount of flow per tank size). I use a power
filter to run media depending on water parameters. You may/may not need a protein skimmer down the road depending on your bioload. I would plan on it just in case. Oh another thing you will need is PATIENCE and TIME...

And this forum will be able to help out a lot... What are your plans for the tank? What do you already have? details are key...
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Right now the tank is empty all cleaned out I've painted the back and bottom black and right
Now I was just thinking about putting a few fish in I'm not really sure what kinda i want an eel but I'm trying to take as much time as possible I was gonna put some white sand on the bottom but the place I'm confused at is like uv staralizer, sumps,protein skimmer. Would I be able to use a 75 gallon hang on the back filter a power head and 55 gallon heater?
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First you need to cycle the tank, there's a million threads on here about that.. But If you're tank is empty, you can fill it and mix the salt right in it (with no sand in it) and let the power heads do the mixing for you...
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:33 PM   #5
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And would I be able to use the hang on 75 gallon filter?
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:34 PM   #6
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Don't see why not... You Won't need any media in it, just a sponge for now. What kind is it?
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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Yea don't see why not...
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:24 PM   #9
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Do you know any fish or eels that could live in a 30 gallon
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:26 PM   #10
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There's a boat load of fish... Not too sure about an eel though, but I'm not too familiar with eels. Check out www.liveaquaria.com for fish, it tells you the tank requirements as well as all other requirements including compatibility...
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