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Old 06-28-2011, 01:08 PM   #1
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Well I am starting my first salt water FOWLR. It is 60x24x24 150 gallon. Pictures to come soon. Have a wet/ dry sump setup. Got Marco rocks and aragonite sand coming In soon. Along with my heater and test kits.


I am wanting to put all dry rock and convert it to live over time. I plan on putting Dr Tims one and only to get the bacteria started In my tank along with the ammonia drops. After I do this and I get all of the parameters right how long until I can add my CUC?

Will be using my ro/di system to start filling my tank next week I hope. I am Producing water to clean the rocks and sand before putting it In my tank right now.


Thanks for any help you can provide. More info and pictures to come soon.
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Old 07-01-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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Can anyone give me ideas on how to make nice dry rock aquascape? I am trying to get the coral glue product but it has not come I'n yet. I am wanting to secure the rocks so they would not fall.
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Pictures and Rock Formation

Here is the tank setup so far. Along with some pictures. Please let me know if you see any issues this is my first salt water setup. Also is the rock formation ok?

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Nice setup... I think your rock looks great keep the updates coming
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:33 PM   #6
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I am producing the water right now to wash my sand. After I do that I will start producing the water for the tank.

My plan is to get the water in. Then get about 10 pounds cured live rock to seed the dry rocks. Then I will test the ammonia to see where it is with the live rock. If it is at or below 2ppm then I will add the DR TIM's ONE and ONLY to the tank to start the Bacteria. If the live rock does not bring the ammonia to 2ppm I will add the Ammonium Chloride drops provided by Dr Tim's.

Hope this all goes great. Thanks for all the help in Advance.
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Old 07-01-2011, 09:52 PM   #7
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aragonite sand prewash

Is it ok to prewash Aragonite sand with tap water? I have so much sand and it woud take so much Ro/di water. Anyone use tap water to clean sand? I was thinking to clean it real well I would put it in a 5 gallon bucket and clean the sand until the water over flows clear. Then let it dry in the sun to try to remove anything from the tap water.

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I bet most people would say to rinse with ro water, but I recently had to rinse 250lbs of sand so I used regular old outside faucet water. I did it in buckets til it ran clear, bout 20lbs at a time.

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I'd think that regular tap water would be fine to rinse the sand too. I did that with all my base rock then let it dry off overnight.

I've learned from reading the posts here that you might want to ditch the bioballs in the sump though. I guess they cause nitrate problems down the road.
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Good luck! Following! Love the rock setup so far.
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