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post #1 of 28 Old 04-10-2010, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Several supplies, no idea where to start!

So very recently my partner and I have decided to start a saltwater fish aquarium. We have purchased what we think are the essenstials, but arent quite sure if we have everything. So far we have:

a 65 gallon tank and stand, a external canister filter easy 80, a super skimmer by coralife( which i think is the protein skimmer everyones talking about?), a submersible 200 watt heater, a salinity refractometer, a digital thermomter to stick on the side of the tank, a movement and circulation pump, saltwater master test kit, "prime" a chlorine remover, bactervital, highoutput T5 fluorescent 4lamp lighting system, ocean direct caribbean live sand (60lbs) and coralife scientific grade marine salt.

Needless to say, we dont even know where to start. Would love some advice please an thanks!

If anyone can give us a step in the right direction it would be greatley appreciated. We still have to buy the live rock and the fish. We know that we want the clownfish for sure (:)nemo), but since we have a good size tank we would like to have other fish as well, which brings me to my next question, which fish can live well with the clownfish.

Would greatly appreciate any advice, very new to this, and know very little!

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post #2 of 28 Old 04-10-2010, 09:05 PM
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Well what kind of water are you going to use? Water out of your tap or Bottled water or RO water?

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post #3 of 28 Old 04-10-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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What would you suggest?.. We know very litte but really really want to do this.
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post #4 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 12:31 AM
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If you could use an RO unit that would be best if your going with Corals. But if your going with FOWLR (Fish Only With Live Rock) then your tap water should be fine.
What all do you have? get a list on here and we could help you better.
Do you have live rock?
Are there bio balls in your sump?
You will want at least 1 inch of sand no more then that or
4 to 6 inch of sand No less then 4 an no more then 6.
You will want you salinity inbetwen 1.023 th 1.026,

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180 gallon, African cichlid tank
75 gallon, African cichlid tank
55 gallon, African cichlid tank
40 gallon, African cichlid tank
10 gallon, QT
Brakish
30 gallon, Mollie tank
55 gallon, brakish tank
Salt
150 gallon, Reef
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post #5 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 08:12 AM
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a 65 gallon tank and stand, a external canister filter easy 80, a super skimmer by coralife( which i think is the protein skimmer everyones talking about?), a submersible 200 watt heater, a salinity refractometer, a digital thermomter to stick on the side of the tank, a movement and circulation pump, saltwater master test kit, "prime" a chlorine remover, bactervital, highoutput T5 fluorescent 4lamp lighting system, ocean direct caribbean live sand (60lbs) and coralife scientific grade marine salt.
What size is the Super Skimmer? Is it Venturi or Needle Wheel?

I say return the canister if you can. They are great at trapping debris and detritus which break down into Nitrates and Phosphates. Those can be a nuisance in a Marine tank. Do you have Live ROck? I do not see it on this list. That is one of the most vital parts of your filtration. The Live Rock and Live Sand harbor aerobic and anaerobic bacteria that complete the Nitrogen cycle in a Saltwater Aquarium. You can buy 3/4 of your rock as Dry Rock, and the last 25% will seed the rest. This is also why you should return the bactervital. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is "beneficial bacteria" that you add to the water? That already exists in the Live Sand you own. With the live sand, you will want a depth of <1" or 4-6". No in between. Depths of 1" to 4" act as detritus traps and can cause Nitrate and Phosphate spikes, and is not deep enough to be hypoxic to have the correct bacteria flourishing for denitrification.

So it this a FOWLR or Reef?



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post #6 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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We havn't boughten any live rock or fish yet because we dont know what to do first. We havn't even set the tank up... still very new. We know that we want to house clownfish and a few others that are compatible with eachother as well as the live rock. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

As for our super skimmmer, it is a Needle-wheel system, dimensions :4.25 x 5.5 x20.75 umm, it says : patented need-wheel system combined with Aspirating Venturi. Is this one going to work? PLease god!! hehe

Why should we return the canister? And sorry a little confused with the sand, it cant be greater than one inch in depth?

thank you for all your help!!
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post #7 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Ok and the Bacter-vital, it says it is a water conditoning catalyst, whos goal is to reestablish a targeted "hydro-diverse normality" with and aquariums ecosystem, it synchronizes cyle parameters, allows rapid adaptation of aquatic life to new aquariums, neutralizes ammonia, nitrites and heavy metals, naturally breaks down solid and soluble wastes.

should we return it still?
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post #8 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 12:01 PM
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Ok the sand needs to be 1 inch no more
Or 4-6 inch.. If you have 1-4 inch the denitrifaction is out of wac.

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180 gallon, African cichlid tank
75 gallon, African cichlid tank
55 gallon, African cichlid tank
40 gallon, African cichlid tank
10 gallon, QT
Brakish
30 gallon, Mollie tank
55 gallon, brakish tank
Salt
150 gallon, Reef
40 gallon, QT
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post #9 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Oh okay. Gotcha. Thanks!! Should we clean the tank out first at all?
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post #10 of 28 Old 04-11-2010, 12:31 PM
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Did you buy everything new?
If i were you i would wait for Pasfur and Wake to help with setup they helped me alot just by reading other post.
But You should Buy your live rock before you set up your tank. I would go thro Macro rock Pasfur will Be able to give you there web site info.
I will post more in a few

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75 gallon, African cichlid tank
55 gallon, African cichlid tank
40 gallon, African cichlid tank
10 gallon, QT
Brakish
30 gallon, Mollie tank
55 gallon, brakish tank
Salt
150 gallon, Reef
40 gallon, QT
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