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Old 07-31-2005, 02:34 PM   #1
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my 2nd attempt at a tank

I was like 8, and made one of those stupid ping-pong balls into a fish bowl. That little sucker lasted for like 2 years! That was my first attempt.

A little older now, and have a little more money hah. I was thinking about a FW tank at first, but after seeing the pictures of the reef tanks I can't talk myself out of it. I've been trying to find a LFS in Orange County but can't... Anyone know of any?

I'm sitting on a HOB filter, which I can still use, a heater that will work, and a pump that might not have a use... the gravel is useless, the UGF was a waste to begin with, oh well. All of this is attempting a FW cycle in my 20 gal right now.

I've read around on LS, LR, and all the other fun stuff that's going to be required to make this work. Since I only need 30 lbs of LR, and I think I could get away with just 10 lbs of LR and some patience, I'd hate to pay as much for the shipping as I would the LR from liverock.com, or liverocks.com... whichever it is. Add a few power heads and I think I'm close.

So that's where I'm at... in desperate need of a LFS in OC and still searching for a checklist of sorts that would show everything required for a full tank.

The idea is to get most of the pain and suffering out of the way on thie 20 gal so when I get the 100 I have something to seed it with. At least that's the plan at the moment, the more I read the more my plans change!

Oh yeah, Hello! And thanks for the great resource!!!
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Hi, I'm new to this site too.
I was, a few years ago in the same spot you are now with starting up a salt tank. I thought it would be okay to get a little live rock and add more occassionally. It didn't work for me. a sea urchant and a starfish were hiding out in the rock and I enjoyed watching them grow. They ate up a lot of the limited life on the live rock. I didn't have enough competing corals so the tank slowly turned purple. I liked the purple but not just it and everywhere. I added had a few clownfish, a couple larger anemonies , shrimps and different algae.
i eventually took the tank down as it wasn't what I wanted and I couldn't at that time afford to get it.

I think I should have bought much more of the live rock to begin with. it would have made all the difference. I had great water quality but not the diversity I wanted.
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Thanks for the welcomes!

Thanks for the input gardentoad, I'll keep that in mind when I get started!
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