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Old 05-21-2012, 11:49 AM   #1
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Im setting up my first saltwater tank!Please help!

Alllllrighty then!!! I am starting a 2.5 gallon saltwater tank with fish and i think i have a live rock?(it's white with holes all over it and some leed through to the other side?)i have regular freshwater sand and a marineland 50 gallon filter(oh yeah! !!!!!!! But i will still be doing water changes once every 1 or 2 weeks) now heres my question. When i fill it. Can i use regular declorinated water mixed well with Api aquarium salt? If not is there a specific brand you would reccomend? Ive heard you can get your water at a petstore too? But id rather have the stuff on hand! I also know to keep the water in check daily and when it evaporates the salt is still in the water so just add more declorinated water. So if theres anything im missing please jump in!! Oh and ill use a hydrometer to moniter the salinity levels depending on the critter i get.(ive been keeping freshwater for 8 years)so yes how long to let the tank cycle for b4 adding anything? Would it be easier if i stared off in a 10 gallon? All my other tanks are occupied and the 10 is in my brothers room. So i can trade him the 28 gallon(unless there is a salt mixture where i can do it like freshwater instead of buying it every time. Then ill start off in the 28!) please help me with this!! Is there a salt in a carton i can use to mix myself?
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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Sounds good so far! What fish do you plan on adding?? Thats a small tank
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:00 PM   #3
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What fish would you suggest? I was thinking a damsel? Idk
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:01 PM   #4
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I really want a clownfish
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:06 PM   #5
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My question is can iuse api salt? Its the type in a carton
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:35 PM   #6
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You need salt mix. I dont think aquarium salt in those cartons is the same thing.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:59 PM   #7
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Ok thanks any suggested salt mix i should use?
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:52 PM   #8
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Just go to petco and get Instant ocean or even their brand...

I would avoid the 2.5 gallon altogether ..Go with at least the 10 gallon ..
28 would be ideal though...
its actually better to start out bigger than smaller
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Please don't put a fish in a 2.5 gallon. there isn't a fish out there that's suitable for a tank this small. it can be a temporary home of a small gobie but make sure it's temporary.
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Yup definitly NO clownfish. They get way too big. I wouldnt put a fish in there, just a shrimp
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