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Old 02-07-2006, 10:59 PM   #1
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New 72G FOWLR setup - advice needed

Hello all,

Thanks to everyone's guidance, now I have a 72g bowfront up and running. This is what I have assembled so far:

a) Oceanic reef ready (overflow) 72g bowfront
b) CustomSeaLife 48" strip with both moonlight and regular white light.
c) Oceanic reef ready sump
d) Rio+ 2100 powerhead
d) A heater
e) A thermometer
f) 20 lbs of live sand & 40 lbs of reef sand (non-live)

My plan is to start a FOWLR and hopefully someday add a couple of corals.
The lfs guy suggested to fill the tank with fresh water and run it overnight before adding salt. Thats what I am doing right now.

The lfs guy says that I should add 1 lb live rock a gallon whicn means that i have to get over 70 lbs. Isnt it a overkill? Also is it ok not to have any other filteration system?

Please let me know where do I go from here. What other equipment that need to be added for an optimal setup.

TIA.
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:05 AM   #2
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when i did my sw i mixed the salt and water first then i added it into the tank
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:13 AM   #3
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The lfs guy says that I should add 1 lb live rock a gallon whicn means that i have to get over 70 lbs. Isnt it a overkill?
Definitely not. The amount of LR your LFS would be considered a minimum around 1.5-2 lbs/gal is a better goal. You can use base rock (approx 50 lbs) and then buy LR (approx 25 lbs) to seed the base rock. You can find good base rock on Hirock.com. That would be a min i would go with.
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Did you use tap or ro or ro/di water? if you used tap there may be elements in the water that you don't want in your tank. Not saying you can't use it just do so knowing what you are putting in your tank.
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This is what I have assembled so far:

a) Oceanic reef ready (overflow) 72g bowfront
b) CustomSeaLife 48" strip with both moonlight and regular white light.
c) Oceanic reef ready sump
d) Rio+ 2100 powerhead
d) A heater
e) A thermometer
f) 20 lbs of live sand & 40 lbs of reef sand (non-live)
The only things i can think of are:
1. good test kit
2. good skimmer
3. a return pump for the sump (if not included)
4. maybe another PH
I'm sure there is probley something else but someone will chime in.
What wattage are your lights? (4-7 watts/gal for corals)

As far as the LR as the only filtration i don't know so i will leave it for someone else to answer.

HTH and GL!
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Old 02-08-2006, 12:16 AM   #4
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From what i hear from everyone is to have 1.5-2lbs per gal.And you will prob want to have atleast a 3" sand bed.I have 120lbs of lr and 80lbs of ls.But i will be adding more sand in the spring.hth
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have you put the sand in?? if you put the live sand in already and also put in fresh water you running a high chance of killing off all the beneficial bacteria in the LS.. one thing i did not see montioned was a hydrometer, or better yet a good refractometer... make sure you have plenty of salt on hand at all times for water changes when needed... be sure to get a good skimmer asap, if not you will need to do pwc more frequently. a couple maxijet 1200s would do nothing but good so just something to think about.. IMO..
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canyon15,

I used tap water.

I bought a test kit too. I am planning to buy a skimmer soon.

Why do I need another powerhead?

I dont have know the watts. I will check and let you know.
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tjara03,

Oh god, I did put in the live sand in fresh water, hoping that this would speed up the cycling process!

I dont have hydrometer or refractometer. I am on my way now!.
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I am going to add more live sand and more non-live sand this weekend. I will be adding more until I get a satisfactory depth.

1.5/2 lbs per gallon is a lot. I am not really worried about the cost, but more worried that nearly two thirds of the tank would have just rocks.
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One another thing. After I added sand the water looks very VERY cloudy. Will this settle down after a little while?
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One another thing. After I added sand the water looks very VERY cloudy. Will this settle down after a little while?
Yes.
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