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Old 07-26-2009, 06:27 PM   #1
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Hey everyone newbie here. Just got a 50 gallon and attempting to get it going. Looking for some advice. Set it up with about a 1 inch of crushed coral on the bottom. Got a submurseable heater set at 80. A non canister filter. Just put in 50 gallons worth of sea salt. Right now im just letting it sit and keeping and eye on the salinity, ph, nitrates..ect ect. I cant wait to get it going.
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Old 07-26-2009, 06:49 PM   #2
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Welcome to AA!

You may want to rethink the CC as substrate. It usually ends up becoming a nitrate problem down the road.

Here are some articles which may be helpful to you.

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There are many more, but these are good places to start. The hardest thing about getting a SW tank going is the being patient part.
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yes you must be ptient as HN1 said. this is a good hobby as long as you take it slow!

here is a good equipment page to look at becuase it doesnt look like you have everything Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.
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Welcome to AA. Some pretty good links given already.
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and I agree with HN1, crushed coral should be replaced with sand.
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hey everyone thanks for the response. So you guys are against the crushed coral? Would it be suitable to get it going with the coral and switch to the sand?
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Welcome to the site. Take it from a person that switched out CC to sand with a full tank of critters. It's best to do it before you get anything in there.
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well that was a quick waste of money on my part lol. How much sand should I get ? =
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