09-11-2012, 11:01 PM
| || | #1-Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhikers 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 you go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon. #2-Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter) Which is really not necessary. #3-Multiple Power heads (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 power heads. #4-Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume. Unless your tank is under 30g, in which case you can do 10% water changes a week to rid the system of detrius. But, you'll have to watch the water parameters close, if things go haywire, you'll have to do more water changes. #5-Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Test for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium. #6-Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish. #7-Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one #8-Rubber kitchen gloves #9-Fish net #10-Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets #11-Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best. #12-Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock. #13-Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank. #14-Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water. #15-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 #16-Heater rated for your size tank. #17-Saltwater Mix. Marine Salt. Instant Ocean is the cheap Salt that beginners and Advanced use alike. #18-Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate. There is also a Digital Meter that is way advanced if you have the cash. #19-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, or GFO and such) #20-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. http://www.americanaquariumproducts....gen_Cycle.html http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=aquarium+heater&_sacat=20754&_odkw=pow er+heads&_osacat=0http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=power+heads&_sacat=0&_odkw=salt+water+ refractometer&_osacat=0http:// www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-0-10-Salinity-Refractometer-Salt-Water-Aquarium-/251140605905?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7925 87d1 http://www.marcorocks.com/ www.bulkreefsupply.com/bulk-dry-live-rock.html http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/a...lies.cfm?c=393 www.drsfostersmith.com/fish-supplies/aquarium-substrate/ps/c/3578/9805 http://www.americanaquariumproducts...._Lighting.html http://live-plants.com/http://successfulreefkeeping.com/learn/what-your-coral-needs/ http://znnea.rmuvx.servertrust.com/default.asp http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...hting&_sacat=0 http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=...ting&_osacat=0
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