Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 05-24-2010, 11:45 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice

POTM Champion
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 42
Starting my FOWLR 125 and have a few questions

I got my tank home and setup where i want it...the tank came with lights and a canister filter. i have looked all over the internet and havent really found any great guides to really even get me started...some of the questions i have is along with sea salt mix what other chemicals should i get to start up with? also, how long should i let the tank cycle before adding the live rock? when do i add a thermometer and what temp do i set it for? when should i add a uv sterilizer?? when do i add the power heads and how many gph should i have? i am a pretty big rookie at all of this and i have 1000 questions but if i could get a good link i am more than willing to read...everyone i ask gives me different answers for the same questions...thanks for the help...

meinporsche is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 12:28 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
kdogg85's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 506
You actually cycle with the live rock. Put in the rock and sand and then fill with saltwater. The die-off from the rock will cycle your tank. Th only way to know is to get a test kit(api reef master kit is very good choice) and check your parameters(ammonia,nitrite,nitrate) you will see ammonia first,then nitrite, then nitrate. Get 2 heaters that combined will have enough power to heat the tank(set them at around 80 degreesF). I say two because if one fails you have a backup. Have the powerheads in the tank while it's cycling. They help move the water around. Aim for 10x the tank volume turnover.

One thing I see you didn't mention is a protein skimmer, if you have live rock, a skimmer is a must. Help remove stuff called doc-dissolved organic compounds(waste that turns to nitrate). This is one piece of equipment that you will not want to go cheap on. And get the biggest one you can afford. Octopus and cpr are great brands.
kdogg85 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-25-2010, 08:49 AM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
cmor1701d's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,815
Start here:
New Tank Setup List

AA Articles

How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote

125 gallon, fowlr, starting

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New 125 FOWLR adding water question Caige Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 6 06-21-2009 09:43 AM
Starting a FOWLR... what do i need? chris127 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 37 11-01-2008 07:31 PM
new salt water aquarist 125 gal FOWLR posiedon Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 06-01-2005 01:19 AM
Clean up crew for a 125 FOwLR? cmor1701d Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 5 05-06-2003 10:15 PM

» Photo Contest Winners

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:54 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.