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Old 05-26-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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New 3ft tank setup

Hi All. My First marine tank. Open to all suggestions. I am on day two of my 3ft tank setup. It used to be a 3ft freshwater tank. SO FAR i fully cleaned the tank by emptying the water using the gravel cleaner and of course this gave the gravel a really good clean. Then fully cleaned the filter ( Aquis 1200 series 2 ) and added new Matrix media and fully rinsed the existing pads. Then added new tap water with a double dose of Prime. I then today added 4 kg of red sea salt as directed by the guy at the LFS. I also bought a Serenity LED Refractometer. When added salt it brought out 7 or 8 freshwater worms from the gravel which quickly died. The local LFS said this will be perfect for kicking off things ( he mentioned the Dead prawn scenario which i gave read about before). So what next?
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You have power heads for flow? Do you have rock in the tank for surface area for bacteria, and for the fish to graze on/hide in?
You basically need to sit and wait.
What are your intentions with this tank? What livestock do you intend to keep?
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You have power heads for flow? Do you have rock in the tank for surface area for bacteria, and for the fish to graze on/hide in?
You basically need to sit and wait.
What are your intentions with this tank? What livestock do you intend to keep?
I have 1 Eheim powerhead. No rock just the black gravel base, wanted to buy a different base but i need to do this on the cheap. Was thinking FOWLR , a Dwarf lion fish and maybe a white eyed moray but not too keen on a chiller as they are so expensive. Guy at LFS said i dont need a skimmer if im ok to do weekly 15% water changes.
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Guy at LFS said they dont use RO water just tap with prime in their marine tanks so i guess the water is good here.
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Guy at LFS said they dont use RO water just tap with prime in their marine tanks so i guess the water is good here.
If he told you that you need to find a better educated fish store to deal with
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Welcome to AA. Most people here would say that using tap water is a no-no. Long term using RO water is the best because tap water has impurities that build up over time and could cause a crash after a certain period of time (this timeframe is not exact given different water parameters in different areaS). I myself filled my 29 gal tank with tap and have done every water change since with bought RO water until I get the energy up to by an RO filter. My tank will be one year old in the next couple of months and my clowns have done really well. FYI - nothing is cheap in saltwater...good luck and keep reading...
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Welcome to AA. Most people here would say that using tap water is a no-no. Long term using RO water is the best because tap water has impurities that build up over time and could cause a crash after a certain period of time (this timeframe is not exact given different water parameters in different areaS). I myself filled my 29 gal tank with tap and have done every water change since with bought RO water until I get the energy up to by an RO filter. My tank will be one year old in the next couple of months and my clowns have done really well. FYI - nothing is cheap in saltwater...good luck and keep reading...
I will use RO water from now on. I have read mixed reviews about it but better to be safe than sorry.
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Yes, it depends on the water source. As for the tank without the skimmer, large predators are going to foul up the water pretty quickly. Anything you can do to combat that is a plus. You might try searching your local craigslist for people getting out of the hobby or upgrading. Used components are generally found at about half price.
Don't be mislead by the word "dwarf". They do get to about 5". That, combined with your 2' long eel may present a pretty decent bio load.
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I have 1 Eheim powerhead. No rock just the black gravel base, wanted to buy a different base but i need to do this on the cheap. Was thinking FOWLR , a Dwarf lion fish and maybe a white eyed moray but not too keen on a chiller as they are so expensive. Guy at LFS said i dont need a skimmer if im ok to do weekly 15% water changes.
Most freshwater aquarium gravel is painted rocks. That is completely unsuitable for a saltwater tank. If you want to do this on the cheap, I would suggest you remove the gravel and replace it with Pool Filter Sand. Most hardware stores carry PFS for about $5 for a large bag that should be more than enough.
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Gravel is a bad idea for saltwater anyway (especially because its been used already in a fresh tank) It will trap all kind of detritus an make nitrate control a pain. I know freshwater use a gravel vac and I don't know about your livestock bit my fish would freak out if I had to do that weekly...
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