12-02-2011, 08:40 AM
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Basic needs for Startring a Saltwater Aquarium
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Thanks -Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coral. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 2-3" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep -Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhickers on Live Rock that people want to stay away from, so they opt for using Dry Rock, or Dead Rock. Macro Rock is a good place to start looking for that. Either way oyu go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon. -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. -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 . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish. -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 inside the tank. Acrylic users will need a different mat than the ones used on glass -Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets -Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best. -Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock. -Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank. -Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water. -Heater rated for your size tank. -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 -Saltwater Mix. -Marine Salt -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.) -Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate.
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