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How do I start a 120 gallon saltwater aquarium?

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How do I start a 120 gallon saltwater aquarium?
Old 10-10-2006, 09:18 PM   #21
 
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Regarding spray painting the tank, do you just paint the back of the tank or the sides too?
It's a matter of preference.
I have background on the sides of my tank though. Fish feel more secure with that.
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Old 10-16-2006, 12:29 PM   #22
 
Ok so this is were I'am so far. I did the leak test and the tank is fine. Also I added the background to the tank this past weekend. Now what I need to do is buy a top, b/c when I bought it only had one piece, so I'm missing the other two. I been doing some research and it seems that the top is going to run me about sixty dollars. Also I checked about getting lighting for the tank and two 36 inch lights are about $100. Also when I was at the fish store, I asked one of the salesman there what to put at the bottom of the tank, sand, rock or anything else. He told me that the best thing to do is to get crushed coral, and since I have a 120 gallon tank, I would need 120lbs of crushed coral. Is this correct?
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Old 10-16-2006, 02:44 PM   #23
 
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He told me that the best thing to do is to get crushed coral, and since I have a 120 gallon tank, I would need 120lbs of crushed coral. Is this correct?
Do not get crushed coral, it is a mess it. Evrytime a fish or your self touches it or what not it will get up dust for it. washing it real good will not help it either. Get live sand, as this will help cycle your tank to. As for how many pounds to get, it all depends on how deep of a bed you want, I have seen sand beds from 1" to 6" in depth.
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Old 10-17-2006, 02:14 PM   #24
 
Usmc i think he was asking how many pounds of substrate he needs per gallon and I think hes rite about one pound per gallon
You told him to stock it with live sand but wouldent it be cheaper to do a live sand/aragite mix
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:25 PM   #25
 
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Get yourself a nice DSB, deep sand bed, of Carib Sea Aragonite (if available). Buy as much dry as it takes to fill the tank about 4". You can buy a 20lb bag of "wet" to seed the tank with beneficial bacteria.
mike had some good advice too
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Old 10-17-2006, 03:31 PM   #26
 
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Usmc i think he was asking how many pounds of substrate he needs per gallon
If he wants a sand bed around 3" he can go with 2-40lbs bags of aragite and 2-bags of live sand(which I think is 25lbs per bag). Now if he whats it lower then 3" go with 1-40lb bag of aragite and a bag of live sand. To get how many pounds of sand to use per gallon would be based on how deep the sand bed would be. In my 120gal I went with 2-40lbs of aragite and 3 bags of live sand(155Lbs) and I have a sand depth of about 3 1/2". Yes trreherd you are correct about the live sand and aragite mix ,thanks for catching that for me I thought I metioned that, but I didn't. A LFS store in most cases won't tell you that because they would want to sell all live sand vise mixing it.
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Old 10-18-2006, 10:59 AM   #27
 
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I did not notice what the tanks dimensions were, it is ver important to know. Using a tank calculator program I have around I based one instance upon the Oceanic 48"x 24" 120g tank, you would need 180lbs of aragonite to achieve a nitrite reducing sandbed of 3". Basing it upon the long 72"x 18" tanks commonly available I came up with 203lbs. Of course things like built in overflow boxes can detract from the amount needed.

Personally I'd recommend between 150-200lbs. 120lbs might get you going if you have lots of rock.

I hate having to tell people this because it generally upsets them, it is best to have you rockwork long before your aragonite. It is acceptable to do both at the same time. Reason being is that rockwork should reach to the bottom of the tank, not sit on top of the sand. Sitting on top of the sand creates ded zones that cannot recive flow nor can gases rise stright up an dout. Instead noxious gases will form under the rock work and collect. These then can age with time and will leech back into the water supply as deadly invisible gases killing off livestock.

Story is put your base pieces down and then pour the sand around them.
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Old 10-18-2006, 02:50 PM   #28
 
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you would need 180lbs of aragonite to achieve a nitrite reducing sandbed of 3"
I used 155lbs and have a sand bed of 3-3 1/2".

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Reason being is that rockwork should reach to the bottom of the tank, not sit on top of the sand. Sitting on top of the sand creates ded zones that cannot recive flow nor can gases rise stright up an dout. Instead noxious gases will form under the rock work and collect. These then can age with time and will leech back into the water supply as deadly invisible gases killing off livestock.
Which is true, so you can use tongo branch to raise the rock work above the sand a little to allow for water flow under the rock work
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