I have a Marineland 5 gallon corner tank that was a guppy tank. However my son is tired of that (hes 2) and wants to have a "Nemo" tank (SOOOO FOWLR
, I am NOT
ready for reefs). I have been keeping freshwater fish for some time now, however this will be my first venture with salt.
Tonight I am going to start by cleaning out everything from the tank, then I will wipe everything down (including built-in filter) with vinegar. After that I will rinse it all out really well with fresh water and then dry it.
I have 10 lbs of live sand I am going to place in the bottom, on top of that 5-6 lbs live rock I am getting on my way home today. (LR
may wait till tomorrow)
Turn the heater down to 75F and place in the tank (going to try and hide it behind rock).
Fill with saltwater and start filter / heater.
Will let that sit for a few days watching levels, everything stays stable then I will add a few cheap crabs and let the tank run for 1-2 weeks. Then add my Clowns.
said to add a second filter to the tank, the other one said the built-in one should be fine. Opinions?
Both said to do 10% water changes "more often" @ every 2 weeks... Guppies breed like rabbits, there is a good 25-30 of them in that tank so I do water changes that often now, so no problem!
Water evaporation doesnt seem to be a problem, but I will pick up a 1 gallon bottle of RO
water for evaporation replacement just in case.
How often should I check PH? I plan to test it 2-3 times a week for the first month or so, after it stabilizes how often should I worry about it?
I have an 'after market' bulb in the tank, everyone agrees should be good for saltwater fish
Should I put a small stone in the tank, or will it be OK without one?
Thanks for all your help everyone! I have been reading and watching the boards, you guys know your stuff!! (hence the post