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Old 02-04-2011, 09:46 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I am just starting out my first saltwater tank in my house. I have had many different freshwater tanks throughout my life, but wanted to do a way with fake rocks/plants and try out a FOWLR tank, possibly adding a reef tank once I have the maintenance down to a T.

I bought a 55gal tank and stand, and have been cycling for the past 5 weeks. Unfortunately, when my water was tested, he assured me that there is NO WAY a new fish will survive. With a pout on my face, I returned home to do yet another water change and hope for the best.

I am currently on my way for another way check and hoping for the best! I will definitely have many questions for you all in the next few weeks! I'm hoping to start out with a few clown fish for the small Nemo=crazed toddlers, but am open to any other fish besides that.

Thanks in advance for all of your help!
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Buy your own liquid test kit. The stores test with strips that are not all that accurate. I started with strips and then switched to an API, the colors are a little hard to read sometimes, but I suppose that comes with time.

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Hey! I was so nervous I could not sleep when I finally got to buying fish.... My husband would have to send me a pic everyday when he got home saying "All are still swimming" lol. As time has gone by tho, I have gotten a lot more comfortable with it.... but Still new and learning as I go.
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