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Old 07-29-2009, 07:46 PM   #1
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I am new to salt water tanks and I noticed a white cacoon looking thing on my live rock, so I did a search to that effect and found a thread with pics and it sure looks like the same thing a sponge, going on the third wk with my new tank 54 gal corner type tank, been raising fish about 8 years all Cichlids a 75 gal South American and a 55 African.

My youngest daughter has been bugging me some time now to do saltwater so she could have a Nemo and a Dori so we have two true's and a Blue hippo and a Lawnmower blenny, rainbow gramma, striped damsel, yellow tail damsel, and a solid blue damsel, I used the damsels to cycle tank, but by useing filters from my other tanks then buying new ones to replace them and about 40 lbs of live crushed coral stuff and 20 lbs live rock a canister and a 280 this tank cycled fast.

So now that I retired I have time for the saltwater never wanted to mess with it before.

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Welcome to AA! You may want to swap out that crushed coral for aragonite sand as the crushed coral will become a nitrate problem. Also, you can add more live rock, about 30-60lbs. more.
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Welcome to AA! You used FW filters and bacteria to cycle a SW tank? Didnt think that would work?
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welcome, enjoy your retirement.
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Welcome to AA!

I'd suggest starting a thread in the SW section if you want specific feedback on your stocking and critters. Some of your fish may not be ok in that tank on a longterm basis.
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Welcome Frank. You have a lot of fish in that 54g. Damsels get nasty when they get older. You may run into problems with them. Freshwater filter media will not seed a SW tank. Different types of bacteria. It may have helped in creating more ammonia as they died off. Crushed coral makes a bad substrate. As detritus builds up it will become a nitrate factory and cause you lots of problems. See if you can replace it with aragonite sand.
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yes I plan to add more live rock, and yes same bacteria if you will notice on most bottles of stress zyme or Boi Boost from petsolutions and others who have bacteria starters they all say for FW or marine, so yes my old filters really did the job.

I really do not want sand I check my water daily if I see a problem in nitrate, now I know what to do about it Thanks.
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Yes I heard the damsels later may be a problem I do have other emty tanks waiting or I will give them away not that crazy about them anyway.

all these fish right now don't add up to 10 nches I will make adjustments as time goes I have to have something to do all day , no job Thanks God
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yes I plan to add more live rock, and yes same bacteria if you will notice on most bottles of stress zyme or Boi Boost from petsolutions and others who have bacteria starters they all say for FW or marine, so yes my old filters really did the job.

I really do not want sand I check my water daily if I see a problem in nitrate, now I know what to do about it Thanks.

I hate to do this in a welcome thread of all places, but these are snake oil. They can claim FW or SW because they do nothing. There's science and then there's product claims. You choose which to believe.
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welcome to AA Frank. Hope you enjoy your stay and retirement.
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