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Old 02-10-2010, 08:44 PM   #1
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Nano process questions

Ok for those of you that do not know, i just joined last night. Im picking up a used 14 gallon tank on Saturday and i want to do a Nano reef in it. I'm new to salt water, experienced with fresh water.

I've been doing a lot of research, and i've come up with a game plan on starting this, and wanted to run it by you guys. I want to make sure im very thorough because, in short, I've never done this and i don't want to screw it up.

1) Acquire tank. Clean it thoroughly.
2) Go to LFS. Acquire powerhead, filter, heater, and instant ocean stuff (recomendations on the salt water mix anyone?)
3) Go to the Grocery store, get 15 gallons RO water.
4) Install the above items, and fill the tank with water. Turn everything on to make sure it functions.
5) Mix salt until i have a SG of 1.026 (I think that was the ideal salinity, i'll be sure to double check)
6) Give the tank two days. One day to come up to temperature, and another to verify temerature stability.
7) Return to the LFS, buy live rock, and live sand. I intend on getting 14 lbs Pacific live rock, and enough sand to have about a 3" base. I've read that 1lb per gallon, and a deeper live sand base makes for a better system if you do NOT intend to use a power skimmer.
8 ) Add/arrange the rock and sand.
9) Begin cycle

How am i doing so far?

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Sounds like a plan, only instead of live sand might I recommend aragonite. Most of the time, live sand is usually dead by the time you get it.

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when you clean tank throughly, make sure you dont use soap. lots of water, and a little vinegar.

there are lots of differences on salts. are you planning on keeping corals? if so, spend some money on good salt. If you were in tampa, I would sell you a bag of mine. I bought the 200 gallon box and it will last me a lifetime.

put step 9 after 4. no sense in waiting. do you have a bacteria source, if not try to get a chunk of live rock from someones tank. ideally I would look in craigslist or the classifieds here for someone in your area selling off their rock and get some that way.
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And you'll need an ammonia source to keep the bacteria alive. A raw shrimp should suffice.
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