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Speakerman 09-12-2006 01:47 AM

Diary of my first saltwater tank...Awesome.
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Hey everybody, I'm new to the saltwater forum. I just got my new 37 gallon tank that I want to build a reef in and have a lot of questions.

First off, I want to run a Rena Filstar xP1 on it and a good skimmer (don't know anything about skimmers). Where is the CHEAPEST place on the internet to buy an xP1 and what kind of skimmer would you suggest for this size tank.

Also if you have any helpful advice that is unique to setting up and maintaining a saltwater aquarium...please let me know. I've got several successful freshwater aquariums but this is a whole new ball game for me.


melosu58 09-12-2006 09:39 AM

People get pretty good deals on ebay. Read articles above and do a fishless cycle. Welcome to SW

austinsdad 09-12-2006 09:51 AM

Robert Fenner's "Conscientious Marine Aquarist" would also be a good start - except for the part about cycling with fish. Old book, but still a good read.

melosu58 09-12-2006 09:58 AM

Just ignore the part about using live fish to cycle. We`ve come a long way on that subject since that book was written.

roka64 09-12-2006 09:58 AM

Welcome to the SW side! I'm not sure about skimmers, but on the SW side, it is best to not skimp on costs. Also, that hood might give you problems with pH. Just get a ph for surface ripple.

Speakerman 09-12-2006 11:27 AM

I need to get a glass top right? I was thinking of getting some glass tops and then building or buying some really sweet light setup for it. I want to grow corals and such...How much wattage should I shoot for when dealing with a tank this size?

Can anybody help me out with choosing a skimmer? I know nothing about them.

I'm going to go buy my substrate, the xP1, and the instant ocean today. They have a skimmer over there at petsmart too but its lke 100 bucks...I guess I need to see what the price match is on it.

melosu58 09-12-2006 11:33 AM

I would not use glass tops unless you had to. They cause your PH to lower because of poor gas exchange. Some people use egg crate instead.

Speakerman 09-12-2006 11:38 AM

Well I will just build my own hood and put some awesome lights in it. That's no big deal, I've still got probobly a month or so till I will actually start putting fish in it.

Should I just go ahead and get an xP2 or xP3 instead of an xP1...It will give me much more flow, more stable water conditions, and probobly just make everthing work better in general...It's only like 40 bucks more...What do you think? The tank is 37 gallons, so an xP1 would probobly know...

Does this skimmer look like it will work? do I need a powerhead for it?

melosu58 09-12-2006 11:47 AM

I`m taking it that this is a filter this xp1. I`ve never heard of it but in the nine years that I`ve had a tank I`ve used only LR and a skimmer. Other people have use filters and that`s OK but IME LR,LS and skimmer is all you need. Others will chime in about their experiences.

Speakerman 09-12-2006 11:56 AM

Really? No filter? How are you supposed to cycle the tank? Do I need to put live rock in the tank while it is cycling?

So if I do use a filter, will it take away the nutrients that feed the live rock?

Also where is a good place to buy live rock, there is some at petco but they are little peices...I want BIG

And how do you get the corals and other organisms to grow off the rock? do they come "pre-planted" on the rock when you buy it?

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