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Old 08-19-2012, 01:30 AM   #1
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Hello Everyone!! New Saltwater Set up...

My Name's Jeff. I have been lurking around here for months, yet just registered!!! First, I'd like to say what a wonderful forum you guys have here!!! Growing up, my dentist had a saltwater tank in his office, and I loved it!!! Ever since then I have dreamed of owning one.

Well, were having a baby soon, so about a month ago, I started my first SW tank for my Bday. I wanted to do something rather simple, as the last thing I wanted to do is kill anything.

I ended up with a 12 gallon Fluval Edge and a small Petsmart stand. I also went with Fiji Pink Live sand and also Nutra Seawater for ease of set up (I live in a condo). The tank came with a 100GPH filter with mech/chem/biomax. I also got a Aqueon 50W heater and a algae magnet.

Got her set up 4 weeks ago. Cycled rather quickly with the live sand, "live water" and also a bottle of smart start complete (this stuff is amazing!). I added two Occ clowns 2 weeks ago. had a small AMM spike to 0.25, but now I am at:

SG: 1.022
PH 8.2
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5-10
Amm:0

Unfortunately, I bought them the day they came in from my LFS and they didn't make it due to sickness. One went in two days and the other went yesterday (had a 4 inch white string of turd attached to him for 2 days). I replaced them with well established ones (used the feeding trick), and finally have a 100% set. One is yellow (he's crazy, name is cracky) and one is Red (beautiful fish, name is Ruby). I love em!!! I know its kind of small tank for 2 clowns, but they seem really happy and are eating like pigs. Water is excellent also. That smart start did wonders when I got my initial spike!! All is totally well now. I hope to add a cleaner shrimp and maybe a purple fire fish. This will be in a couple more weeks or so.

My tank has no live coral or live rock. Just some artificial live rock with tunnels/cave, and two fake pieces of coral. Its a good looking tank. I REALLY want to do a reef, but am trying to start slow and master fish only first.

Here are a coupe pics of my set up. Very simple and effective so far. I am taking my time and learned some lessons the hard way.
i look forward to meeting people on here, and contributing as much as my limited experience allows.

Cheers everyone!!
Jeff
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:10 AM   #2
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So brave to start a salt water tank! It looks amazing! Hope your fish are a happy couple! They are beautiful! Im just a rookie here. One day ill introduce myself, but for now i just wanted to tell you: way to go!!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Ms. OC!!! Much Appreciated!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:32 PM   #4
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Wow. That looks great. I have always wanted clownfish but SW is so expensive......
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Wow. That looks great. I have always wanted clownfish but SW is so expensive......
I hear you, but it wasn't really that bad!!! A little planning and internet shopping goes a LONG way. I got the whole set up done for what JUST the tank and stand would cost at the LFS.
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holy cow.....I need to take some lessons.
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Welcome to AA! Hope you like the site so far!
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