Hi, my names Mike. I just started buying the components for my first saltwater tank. I have done a lot of research but still have many questions. Would love to meet some people to help me along the way.
So far this is what I have invested in:
tall tank with stand
-Fluval C4 Filter
-CPR Aquatics BAK PAK 2R+ Protein Skimmer
-TWO Hydor 425gph heads
-Fluval 200W Heater
-No name 50W Heater (Plan to put in a separate bucket to prep water changes)
-Refractometer Calibration Fluid
-SeaChem Amonia Alert
-Instant Ocean Sea Salt (200gals)
-Tetra Safe Start 100mL
-SeaChem Prime 500mL
-Tetra Easy Balance Plus 500mL
From my knowledge, the last items I need to get are: live rock, live sand, water parameter testing kit or strips.
I wanted to go the route of buying about 30-35 lbs of dry rock and then get the other 5-10lbs of live rock from my LFS
. As for live sand, I would like to avoid changing the substrate so I wanted to use the absolute minimum amount.
Also, I need some advice on testing the water. I have read up on the biological cycle. But would like to get some input on this subject.
Any help at all is welcome.
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