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post #11 of 13 Old 04-18-2011, 11:22 AM
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Question New Biocube Setup, Where to start

I just finished getting all the equipment (and probably a little more than I needed to start), but wanted to make my first attempt at a marine tank to as easy as possible. Currently my tank is all setup. I think I am ready to purchase some substrate and live rock. Can someone double check my setup for me and give any words of wisdom?

Biocube 29
100w submersible heater in filter chamber 1
inTank filter cascade and protien skimmer in chamber 2
stock pump with UV sterilizer in chamber 3

In tank i have a temp probe tied in to my reefkeepr lite system with a hydor 425 powerhead wavemaker.

reefkeepr lite sytem with 2 pc4 bars controlling everything listed.

RO/DI system arrived today and ready to start making my water. I know after I mix the salt i need it at least 60 degrees to test salinity.

Does it look like I am missing anything to start? Time to buy substrate and live rock? and if so how much should I start with. The book I am reading says no more than 10lbs at a time or do I go with more with a stater tank?

Thanks for any help you can provide!
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-26-2011, 02:56 AM
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Originally Posted by reefsahoy View Post
i would recommend a good skimmer and live rocks for filtration. you can use carbon and phosphate remover to really polish the water and that's pretty much it. thats all i use on my tank. i would highly recommend a RO/DI system for topoff and to make salt water otherwise you'll spend more $ and time in the long run on poor water quality issues.
I agree with you.
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-27-2011, 09:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Jbb421 View Post
I figured it would be cheaper to use one of my old tanks..... a 29 gallon nano is $399
You should take a look at kijiji or craig's list. There are some REALLY good deals for full set ups with all the equipment for saltwater tanks. I was originally going to go with used equipment, but knowing I was to new to the hobby, ended up buying everything new. Now that I have more knowledge, I really wish I had. It would have saved me a few grand.

You should definitely look online, a lot of desperate reefers wanting to sell their equipment.
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