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post #11 of 14 Old 07-21-2010, 12:14 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah new fish dont seem like a good idea anyway if theyre just going to die. ill check out ebay or amazon or something. does it matter if its used? (its just cheaper)

my tank was set up around febuary or march. I had to upgrade it from a 20 since a past store sold me the snowflake eel and didnt tell me that it need wayyyy more room. The filter is a Fluval 305 (canister filter). I cant figure out the lighting... theres no label on it and the box is long gone, but I know it's a fish only / non coral light. And the tank is 40 gallons with a heater, live sand, and a couple pieces of live rock. By the way how much live rock am I supposed to have?

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post #12 of 14 Old 07-21-2010, 12:30 PM
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general rule of thumb for Live Rock is 1-1.5 pounds per gallon but you cant have to much in my oppinion. as for the canister filter i personally would suggest building a sump instead and dump that filter.... i would look at this thread for more information.
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post #13 of 14 Old 07-21-2010, 02:10 PM
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i dont think it would matter if it is used, but me personally i would go with a brand new one as you want your salinity reading as accurate as possible ( regardless of reef or fish only setup and what people may tell you IMO ) i think i got mine for $30 from china brand new on ebay as opposed to $50 from a fish website and even up to $100+ in an actaul fish store. you could also get an API liquid saltwater test kit online for i think $20. they dont include cal, alk or mag tests but those are a few dollars each. come to think of it i dont think API makes a mag test kit that im aware of and i think for this reason i purchased a salifert brand test.

both of those links are good starts and i agree about the canister filter. either loose it completely ( maybe sell it for some funds ) or run it empty/ with carbon only

if you still have the 20 ( pref. a 20 long ) that would make a great DIY sump. i would also slowly increase the amt. of live rock you have too before even thinking fish. patience is very hard but its key to being successful with fish tanks.

again reading is your best bet, asking questions works well too. its prob. best to read everything you can and then make your own judgement on what to do sounds right. another good place for information, people with the same interests, possibly used equipment would be looking in your area for a local reefing club.
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post #14 of 14 Old 07-21-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks everybody. Ill look in to buying some testing supplies, adding more rock, and setting up a new filtration system. and reading... before any more fish.

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