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QuietPlotter 12-04-2011 11:26 AM

Getting into saltwater
 
Hey.


I have a 45 gallon reef tank, which I honestly know nothing about. It's in my living room, has a bunch of coral and fish, and people come and clean it every month. I won it, maintenace included for like 10 years and everything.


So I know nothing except that anemones move. Lol.


I'm looking to start a SW tank.


I am looking for 2.5g-40breeder capacity.

I want the entire cost to come out LESS THAN 400$.


I just honestly have NO IDEA WHAT TO DO.

Lol.



I need a list please, anything you guys can tell me. I will be looking up tank prices to tell you what size I'm getting..



Thanks,



QP

LordErrorprone 12-04-2011 03:13 PM

First, I would recommend learning some of the science behind a saltwater environment. The second sticky in this forum has some useful articles you can look into. Me or someone else in this forum could post a ton of information about it but I find its better to research the subject yourself with some help from others along the way.

greaver83 12-04-2011 03:29 PM

read up on biological filtration and live rock and also water chemistry and the cycling process there are a lot of really smart people on here willing to help you if you are willing to help your self by doing independent research i have learned everything i know from the people here also craigslist ebay and amazon are your best friends

QuietPlotter 12-04-2011 08:25 PM

I know all about bio filtration, cycling (I run freshwater).


Ok, I will do that. See ya when I do my reading!

LordErrorprone 12-05-2011 01:31 AM

Cycling and bio filtration is different in saltwater.

QuietPlotter 12-05-2011 08:26 AM

Yeah, I read up ;)

greaver83 12-05-2011 08:40 AM

Good job now start stalking c list for parts

QuietPlotter 12-05-2011 05:15 PM

Please tell me what I need (Tank is gonna be 20 or more gallons)

Just yes or no to each-


Live Sand (Can it come from the beach?)
Live Rock (I'm using anyways)

RO/DI unit
UV Sterilizer
Sump
Overflow
Powerhead

QuietPlotter 12-05-2011 05:16 PM

Sand from the ocean, not the dry beach :)

Ibrahim 12-05-2011 05:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by QuietPlotter
Please tell me what I need (Tank is gonna be 20 or more gallons)

Just yes or no to each-

Live Sand (Can it come from the beach?)
Live Rock (I'm using anyways)

RO/DI unit
UV Sterilizer
Sump
Overflow
Powerhead

RO/DI unit yes
UV Sterilizer un needed
Sump recommended but not needed
Overflow yes if you go with sump
Powerhead yes


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