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post #1 of 4 Old 11-30-2011, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Hello I'm new to the salt water game and wanted some advice on a start up. At the moment all I have is a 25G tank. I have freshwater fish but I know salt water is a lot tougher.
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-30-2011, 11:09 PM
Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coralLive Rock, at least 1lb per gallon of water
Saltwater MixSaltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate
Aquarium filter (not absolutely necessary if running with adequate amounts of live rock, but nice to have if you need to use a mechanical filter or activated carbon, etc.)
Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter)
Multiple Powerheads (2 or 3) 10x your water volume for just a Fish Only With Live Rock, and at least 20x your water volume for a Reef Tank. So lets say your going reef, and you have a 100g tank, you would need flow in that tank at minimum of 2000gph, or 2 1000gph powerheads.
Heater rated for your size tank.
Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume
Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Tets for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.
Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine Lettuce
Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one
Fish net
Rubber kitchen gloves
Aquarium glass cleaner, for cleaning the inside glass
Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets
Aquarium thermometer
Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock.Possibly a Quarantine Tank for your new fish. They sit in here for a few weeks to kill off parasites and bacteria, to keep it from getting in your main tank
Power Strip
Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.

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post #3 of 4 Old 12-01-2011, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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which powerheads would you recommend?
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post #4 of 4 Old 12-01-2011, 08:38 AM
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which powerheads would you recommend?
If you have the money, I'd go with Vortex, if not then Hydor Koralia. I use 4 Hydors.
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