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Old 11-26-2008, 08:43 PM   #1
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Smile Newbie to Saltwater FOWLR

Hi guys,

I finally "brave" enough to introduce myself here . I posted one thread in the FOWLR for lights cause I thought I was going to get 16 gallon tank, but when I picked it up, it was 26 gallons, so no more issue at all, but I hope I'm welcome here for I need some help and maybe if you could answer some questions that I have in mind

These are what I have so far to start the cycle on my FOWLR:
26g bow-front aquarium
2x24 Current USA Nova Extreme
20lbs live sand/crushed coral
100W Heater
50W EKIP Thermopump
EHEIM Ecco 2232/2231 (not sure, it's up to 35gallon filter)
Hydor Koralia 3 Powerhead
Aqua Pharmaceuticals Saltwater Master Kit
Hydrometer
Thermometer
*thinking of getting about 30lbs of Cured Live Rock.
*thinking of getting refractometer

Is there anything else do you think I'm missing before I start the cycle with the saltwater from the LFS?

Any advice would be great.

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving in Advance

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Old 11-26-2008, 08:54 PM   #2
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Welcome to the site. Glad to have ya. Definately buy the Refractometer And Definately skip the crushed coral and go with just sand And when you say start the cycle with the saltwater from the LFS what exactly do you mean? please check out the articles section for cycling info. If you get Cured rock straight from another tank there should be a minimal cylce but depending on how long the rock is out of the water. Good luck
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:09 PM   #3
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The article on cycling the tank is in our articles section. Can't do it with water from the lfs.

Since you're going fish only, I'm guessing you might have some messy eaters??? Maybe even the kinda fish you can't have with hermits and snails? Even if you're not going that route, I agree that you should reconsider the crushed coral. After a while, you'll have nitrate issues. Waste gets accumulated in all those little nooks and crannies crushed coral provides. You can vacuum aragonite sand a lot easier, Muuuch easier to maintain over the years. Can't tell you how many folks found out the hard way and had to change out the substrate after the tank and inhabitants were already established. Much harder then.

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Welcome to AA !
And to 2nd Austinsdad rethink the crushed coral, I myself went with it at first,I had cyno bacteria algae problems galore. Once I decided it was a bad idea it took a month of Saturdays to convert slowly to sand bottom. Nearly lost a fish in the whole thing. The 26 Bow sounds real nice, I love the appearance of the bow tanks... And I have the Nova extreme T5 lights and like them, thinking about adding another right behind the one I have.
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Woahhh... thanks for the respond, lucky I haven't poured the water in...

I'm actually not sure of what I have, whether it's crushed coral or live sand, how would you tell the difference? For me, it looks like crushed coral but then again I haven't really seen the real thing before pouring into the water.

Also what I meant by water from LFS means the saltwater that you can buy in 5gallon thing from the LFS. I've already checked the cycling, but since everyone has different size, it's kinda difficult to tell what's the best for you. Thanks so much for the input, I will update you with what I have, I'm going to get them ready for setup by Friday, I'm so excited with this project

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Thank you Everyone... for the warm welcome and advices.
I finally started the cycle today, yay!!!

Here are some pics of my tank:







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looking good, nice start. cant wait to see this tank progress
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Are you measuring the ammonia? How did you "start the cycle"?
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