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Old 12-24-2006, 02:04 PM   #11
 
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Ok keep in mind that a 5g bucket of salt will last a year for a 10g lol. You want to hear scary, I will need 2 buckets just to fill my new tank.

FIRST!!!! When the water evaps you do not add salt water to it........ You add freshwater. Salt does not evaporate. This is why it's important to keep an eye on yoru water level. When it gets low your salinity shoots up. When you add water back to it, it lowers. In a 10g I'd never let more than half an inch evaporate. You'd probably need to add about a quart daily. If possible plan on using RO water. If you do not have a local LFS that sells it cheaply those "Penguin" brand (might be different in your area) drinking water stations in front of the supermarket work well. Using straight tap water can add excess nutrients and minerals to your tank that you don't want. For such a small tank you could even just buy distilled water from the supermarket for about 50 cents a gallon. It'd be better to buy it for 25 cents a gallon out front from the machine. Also these 2 waters will not need any conditioners.


Powerheads are current devices. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1
You will need one larger one or 2 smaller ones ina 10-20g set up. For a 20g set up I'd even look at the Seio M620 http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...1&N=2004&Nty=1

Hydrometers measure the salinity level to tell you what the specific gravity is (how mcuh salt is in the solution) http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...?N=2004+113761
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:08 PM   #12
 
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You mentioned in a previous response to me something about a powerhead and hydrometer, etc. Could you take sec. to explain those to me, do I need them?
Apowerhead is a submersible pump that produces currents in the tank. Just like these. There are many types.

http://www.petsolutions.com/Aquarium...-10311-C-.aspx

Now a hydrometer reads how much salt is in the water. Also there are many different types all do the same thing.

http://www.tonmo.com/images/cephcare/Hydrometer.jpg
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:15 PM   #13
 
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BTW, yes this is all expensive but well worth it.

Just take it slow and build it as you can. The best piece of equipment you can have as a salt enthusiast is a tool that we all should have, patience.

You can just as easily get the tank, substrate, a small power head, and some salt mix and get started. Set it up and let it circulate until you can start buying some liverock.You could spend 2 months like that if you have the patience. Your tank will cycle on it's own and you will have less troubles.

BTW, did anyone at Petco tell you that you will need to wait a month before adding fish anyways?
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:27 PM   #14
 
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BTW, yes this is all expensive but well worth it.

Just take it slow and build it as you can. The best piece of equipment you can have as a salt enthusiast is a tool that we all should have, patience.

You can just as easily get the tank, substrate, a small power head, and some salt mix and get started. Set it up and let it circulate until you can start buying some liverock.You could spend 2 months like that if you have the patience. Your tank will cycle on it's own and you will have less troubles.

BTW, did anyone at Petco tell you that you will need to wait a month before adding fish anyways?
You both have been extremely helpful, I appreciate it. I want to do this right.

He said the least I could wait is 4 days, but around a week is best. I didn't know it should be a month.

I saw on another site that it is wise to do a 30% water change once a month. Is that true? I saw that on a link I found while looking into that aragonite. Also, is the aragonite the live rock that I need? If not, what is live rock, does it go on the bottom of the tank like the aragonite?

Thanks for taking the time.
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:38 PM   #15
 
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30% monthly is a fair number. I do about 10% weekly. Products like a skimmer can help stretch that number out a little longer. they completely remove wastes from the water. Much better than a power filter of any kind.

Live rock is different from live sand.

Let me explain for a second. Live rock does not actually get up and dance or anythign cool like that. It is calcium formations from the coral reef beds that have broken away during storms. This rock is covered in bacteria, invertebrae, and other microscopic critters from the area it was collected. These critters will help process waste in the tank and keep it running more smoothly. Live sand is the same sort of thing, basically it is live rock that has been crushed into sand over time. Live sand is from either an established tank or bagged in the ocean.

For live rock I'd check out www.oceanhomesetc.com

http://www.oceanhomesetc.com/store/i...f8afcf44813829

My preferences would be.

http://www.oceanhomesetc.com/store/p...roducts_id=857
http://www.oceanhomesetc.com/store/p...roducts_id=257
http://www.oceanhomesetc.com/store/p...roducts_id=252

Especially the Pukani. The reason being that you want light, fluffy and porous rock. The more porous the more surface area for bacteria.

Monica's prices are some of the best I've ever seen. Her rock is very nice quality. Tell her that some weird guy named Mike from an online forum, living in Austin TX, sent you and she might even do you a little better. No guarantees on that.
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Old 12-24-2006, 02:45 PM   #16
 
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Mike, thanks a million man.

I am off to a Christmas Eve service, but I will check back later. I am sure I will have more questions and concerns in the future. I appreciate all the links and places to buy stuff that you've helped me to discover.

I have a lot to think about, and am pumped about the prospects. I liked that you mentioned starting slow and then building as I go along; I think that's what I had in mind all along.


ps, I've always liked Texans. I work with 2 guys from Lufkin. Talk to you later.

Adam
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