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post #11 of 22 Old 03-23-2008, 06:13 PM
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so monday
just do live sand, heater, powerheads protein skimmer and filter. what about live rock? when can i put that in?

once tank cycles then add cuc? then how long after putting in cuc do i add 2 fish?


also i play to add coral 3-6 months later
whats FOWLR?

tank is 30x12x22. that should be good right?
Monday sounds good. Fill yoru tank with your RO/DI water (no salt or sand) and place the eqipment in; make sure everything works. If it is ok, add the salt and sand (the specific gravity should be around 1.023; a hydrometer will help you determine this).

I would add the rock a few days after that (1-3).

CUC is right after cycle. A few corals should be at least 7 days after CUC, if not more so you will need the stable parameters. Fish is 30 days after CUC, or two weeks after a few corals. Of course, you can always add corals whenever your tank is up (It goes CUC, then corals, then fish).

FOWLR stands for Fish Only With Live Rock. This means you have no corals.
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post #12 of 22 Old 03-23-2008, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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everyhting i am getting is brand new

i am getting the salt water already mixed from the LFS. what i was going to do was put down live dead rock, then cover that with sand. i was going to put down live dead rock 1st so if things burry themselves in the sand the could not make holes under the live rock and cause it to shift. then after adding sand i was going to fill the tank with the pre-made water half way, then add my live rock and finish with the rest of the water. add live rock now to speed up cycle. then once cycle add cuc. is that not a good idea?

this is just what i am reading, i dont want to do the wrong thing

tomorrow i will get tank, light, heater, skimmer, if i can find thoes power heads u recommend then i will get them. if not i will need to get them online and install them when they get in.
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post #13 of 22 Old 03-23-2008, 10:05 PM
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the conscientious marine aquarist says to add the water + salt then add the live rock then add the dead/live sand

thats just what i've heard
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post #14 of 22 Old 03-24-2008, 08:06 PM
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the conscientious marine aquarist says to add the water + salt then add the live rock then add the dead/live sand

thats just what i've heard
True. You should mix everything in a bucket.

You may want to water-test in regular water, you may not. I would try out everything in a seperate container of regular water, then mix the SW, and add to the tank.
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post #15 of 22 Old 03-26-2008, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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everything is in
37 gal
20 lbs of live rock
40 lbs of live sand
200w heater
SEACLONE 100 protein skimmer
aqualear filter 40-80 gal
Koralia 4 1,200 gph 12 3-1/4" x 6-1/4"
ordered my water test kits
so hopefully fish within 2-3 weeks
10000k t5 lighting
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-26-2008, 06:30 PM
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everything is in
37 gal
20 lbs of live rock
40 lbs of live sand
200w heater
SEACLONE 100 protein skimmer
aqualear filter 40-80 gal
Koralia 4 1,200 gph 12 3-1/4" x 6-1/4"
ordered my water test kits
so hopefully fish within 2-3 weeks
10000k t5 lighting
Sounds good.

Oh, and fish should be in 1.5-3 months, not weeks.
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post #17 of 22 Old 03-26-2008, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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its a koralia 2

just glad to have the major parts and most expensive done with

just need to add another powerhead, coral in about 6 months
and more live rock
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post #18 of 22 Old 03-27-2008, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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i ordered the SALT MASTER LIQUID KIT and REEF MASTER KIT. it should be in tomorrow. What does each test kit test and what levels should they be at?
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post #19 of 22 Old 03-27-2008, 07:37 AM
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what brand are the kits. it should say what kind of kit they are where you bought them

29g semi-reef 20g sump

2 chromis, 1 ywg, 1 peppermint shrimp, feather duster (species?)
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post #20 of 22 Old 03-27-2008, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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api

but what i asking is what should the nitrite and nitrate be at and so on. ph?

things like that. so brand should not matter


like i said they havent come in yet, just what to know what the reading shiooulkd be
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