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Old 01-08-2007, 06:25 PM   #1
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Thanks for the forum. We recently moved into a house that has a huge saltwater aquarium set into a wall. One big problem, I've never had a fish tank in my life! I have been reading a great deal over the last few weeks and frankly I'm overwhelmed. I have decided that I want to maintain a simple tank environment with a few fish and some aquascaping until I can learn more about the hobby. All I really need to know is what type of equipment I need and how to do basic upkeep. I have:

flourescent tube lighting
penquin bio wheel mini (I don't believe this is big enough)
air pump w/2 under substrate air bubblers
"dead" rock substrate pebbles w/some sea shells
a broken heating tube (I think, its plugged in and set at 82 but it is much colder than that)

I believe the rock sub is my biological filter but I may need a mech filter?
I'd like to introduce some plastic aquascape and maybe introduce live rock later. Also, I don't know when/how I should clean this behemoth!

I am providing a few pics to give any repliers a better idea of what I am working with here. I know you all prob get tired of novices like me asking the same old questions but I will conquer this thing. The hobby is very intriguing to me and the way I see it half the battle is over and the war is just beginning. I mean, the beautiful tank is already there and just waiting to be loved.

Thanks in advance to all advice. I really appreciate it!
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:31 PM   #2
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:36 PM   #3
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Please do not cycle your tank with live animals.

What inhabitants are currently in the tank? If none, unplug the heater and remove it, assuming there is water in the tank....?
Personally, I would remove the "air pump w/2 under substrate air bubblers" otherwise known as UGF.
If you shoot for 1.5-2Lbs of rock per gallon, you can add a nice skimmer and skip the mech filtration. The rock will host the nitrifying bacteria.
The pics didn't work.
If you are starting with no livestock in the tank you will have an easier time. If the past owners left it with livestock and/or water in there, we can work with that just as well.
By the way, I like lots of questions and pics! I was and still am new just like everyone else here!
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:39 PM   #4
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Yes, pictures would help. Once you get the picture posting figured out, take pics of your equipment (filter, lights, heater etc) as that may be easier than describing it. Also, can you measure the tank so that we can get an idea how many gallons? One person's idea of a big tank can be very different from another person's idea!

My second suggestion, if you haven't already, is to read all the stickies in the SW forums, and maybe pick up a few good SW books. I like the Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Fenner, it's a great resource.

Boy I wish the house I just moved into had a huge fishtank built into the wall! I'm jealous!
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Old 01-09-2007, 07:15 AM   #5
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Wow! thanks for the replies. And I'm beside myself as to how to post pics.

Roka:

there are no inhabitants in the tank and it does have H20. No heater? Or is that just for safety's sake? I don't know what the temp should be but I thought it should have a heater I've read about cycling the tank but I'm not sure what that really is. I believe it has to do with cleaning? replacing the water?

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the tank is 6' (long) * 2' (deep) * 2.5' (height). Is it 75 gal, 150gal? We did some quick math and came up with 150 gal but the bio-wheel that came with the tank is throwing me. I tried to look at some pics online to determine but it didn't help. I have been reading up quite a bit online. I found some very good info on about.com written by Stan & Debbie Hauter. The seem to know what they're talking about but like I said it is very overwhelming.

Any help with posting (attaching) pics would be great!~

"Tanks" again!
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Here are some great caculators:
http://www.fantasyreef.com/flash/calculator.html
This is the way to add images to your posts .
Here are a bunch of Articles I would check out the fishless cycle, Acclimation, Quarantine and How ammonia is converted to nitrate (this one helps to explain how the cycle works).
Ok, let's get you started.
Personally, I like these Finnex Titanium Digital Heaters . I have two, in my 125G (I use two, in the case of one of them failing...but that is just me).
This is a decent Test Kit . I would suggest this, in order to watch your cycle take place, or see where you are right now.
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images (hopefully!)

here goes.....

I'm not really sure how the bio-wheel is supposed to work. It seems to me that the tube should extend into the water, but it does not. Also, I think it is too small for my tank.

Using one of the calculators = 125gal!!!
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The "boi wheel" is actually called an HOB and you are correct. the intake tube (the long tube) should reach the water. From the ones I have seen, there usually is a tube that fits in and extends down to an intake piece.
Basically how it works. The water, from the tank is sucked up and comes back out behind/above the boi wheel, causing the wheel to spin and allowing the beneficial bacteria to grow (along with nitrAtes).
That lighting system doesn't look like it is designed for SW. Is there anything protecting the bulbs/reflectors for splashing water?
What type of substrate is that?
Those are some great pics and an awesome location!
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A 180g is 6' x 2' x2' so ur looking at a tank bigger than 180g if your measurements are
6' x 2' x 2.5'. You are going to need a lot of money and a good deal of time if you wanna get that bad boy ready for SW. There are a lot of good books and websites with the most current technologies and the easiest and cheapest ways to do things, but with that amount of water there is no cheap way.
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It`s not a 125. The way I get it is 72 inches long by 30 inches wide by 24 inches tall. Is this right? I keep getting almost a 225 gallon tank.
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