Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Community Forum > Member Introductions
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 08-18-2008, 11:21 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2
New tank questions and converting to sw questions

Hi everyone!

I am fixing to aquire a 56 gallong octagon aquarium from a neighbor. I have had many FW tanks in the past and have a good working knowledge of how they run and how to maintain them. BUT, my goal/hope is to convert this tank over to saltwater. I know little/nothing about saltwater so im going to do my research before i do anything. I need to know everything from filters to lighting. Im thinking about using a half live sand and half regular sand mixture as the substrate but i dont know how much to use because of the shape of the tank. i would like to have aninamae (probably just slaughtered that word) and fish in the aquarium.

Thanks a ton!
Beth
__________________

__________________
asraiangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 12:28 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Zagz's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Posts: 17,108
Send a message via MSN to Zagz
Welcome to AA! Browse through our SW getting started forums. There is a wealth of good info there.
__________________

__________________
AA Community Rules | AA TOS

-----------
Site Administrator
Zagz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 11:21 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
roka64's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 13,860
Send a message via AIM to roka64 Send a message via Yahoo to roka64
Welcome to the site! Skip the "live" sand, I have my doubts that it is truly live after shipping and storage. Hop on over to the SW section and we'll be more than happy to help you. Check my sig block for some article that will help explain how everything works.
__________________
Age is relative, you are only as old as you act....of course, this works in reverse....

Questions loved, heeded advice greatly appreciated!

Vote for AA
Good reading about:
Nitrogen Cycle
Fishless Cycling
Need more help?
Articles
Acronym List

--Scott
roka64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 11:24 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 206
Welcome to the site, this is definatly the best place you could have come
__________________
MCluett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 12:28 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 2
this is probably a dumb question, but i live about 5 miles away from the pacific ocean, can i get real live sand from there?
__________________
asraiangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 12:34 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Posts: 206
i would suggest buying since you have no way of knowing what chemicals and other pest could be in the sand. also it is technically illegal to take sand or rocks from the beach i believe. but i would say mainly there are to many unknowns with actaul beach sand. i am sure one of the more experienced members will jump in with a better explanation soon though
__________________
MCluett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-19-2008, 01:35 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Even if you went out 10 miles to get clean sand you don't know what pest organisms you mihgt introduce to yor tank. It's best to get plain dry sand and Live Rock (LR). The hitchikers on the LR will help the sand become live. Also, getting a cup or two of sand from an established reef tank is all that is needed. Read the articles that Roka pointed too as well as the others in the SW article section. Then post the questions that are bound to arise in the SW forums.

__________________

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
converting, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
tank questions deroy8029 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 0 10-03-2009 11:40 PM
New Tank - Questions rhansme Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 07-11-2006 08:57 AM
Converting 125g FW to Salt FO... Filtration questions... 20 20 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 8 03-25-2006 02:16 AM
New tank questions. buford2k Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 12 02-25-2005 05:14 PM
Rock questions, red slime questions, brown gunk... Rauda Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 5 02-18-2005 06:12 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:44 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.