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Old 04-15-2009, 09:12 PM   #31
 
Actually ive been told you can put rock in at different interverals, as long as you cure it all first and let all the dead crap come off. and I know all about damsels, and i havent made a decision on the type of fish i want yet, so not written in stone. as for the levels in my water, Im not sure on the exact numbers cuz i haven ttested them in a few months, which im going ot be doing at some point soon before th tank is going, so onc ei know, ill post them.
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:59 PM   #32
 
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look, here's my advice; and I ran a fish shop for several years, have always been a marine enthusiast my entire life, and current have a system that has a total size of about 650 gallons:

1. Don't take to skimpy route in the beginning; it'll end up costing you WAY more in the end to fix that initial issue

2. NEVER use tap water; always go RO. It is the the only thing IMHO that you can use to have any marine success

3. Skimmers are vital, and you should have enough skimming power to have your skimmers rated for at least double, preferably triple, your system size. More is better when it comes to skimming.

4. Don't rush things. Take your time, cycle your tank properly, and research, research, and more research before you do anything. Like #1 said, if you rush things or cheap things out in the beginning, they will come back to bite you, and I'm telling you this from personal experience

5. Don't introduce live rock at different intervials, even if wherever you purchase your rock from says it been cycled, it will react differently to your system than theirs, so stuff will die off, and you will then be recycling and recycling your tank again and again, and that includes the potentially lethal amonia, nitrite, and nitrate spikes.

6. Sorry Cody, but I love Damsels, especially Chromis in my tanks, they add a lot of movement to a reef
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:25 AM   #33
 
Im well aware skimmers are vital, as are the powerheads for the live rock. I am doing research, thus why i joined this forum. Im rushing nothing, im also well aware this is a big undertaking. Im on this forum like everyday, and im doing research, like everyday. I even bought a book. the only thing, not everything little thing has to be top of the line, and ill probably end up adding most of the live rock together anyway since im going to buy some, then when i get my tax refund back in a few weeks, get the rest of the rock. there wont be fish in it until after the second set of rock has been added. I dont plan on skimping on anything, however, i simply am not spending massive money on the #1 product, when the #2 work just as well, even if it doesnt last quite as long, this is a starter tank for me, something for me to get used to doing. once I know what the hell im doing, then i wil upgrade everything to the best there is. and fyi, m lfs doesnt sell ro water. lso, what does ywg mean?
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:01 AM   #34
 
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Im well aware skimmers are vital, as are the powerheads for the live rock. I am doing research, thus why i joined this forum. Im rushing nothing, im also well aware this is a big undertaking. Im on this forum like everyday, and im doing research, like everyday. I even bought a book. the only thing, not everything little thing has to be top of the line, and ill probably end up adding most of the live rock together anyway since im going to buy some, then when i get my tax refund back in a few weeks, get the rest of the rock. there wont be fish in it until after the second set of rock has been added. I dont plan on skimping on anything, however, i simply am not spending massive money on the #1 product, when the #2 work just as well, even if it doesnt last quite as long, this is a starter tank for me, something for me to get used to doing. once I know what the hell im doing, then i wil upgrade everything to the best there is. and fyi, m lfs doesnt sell ro water. lso, what does ywg mean?

Look, it will save you a lot of money total if you buy the good stuff now, rather than buying something that's not a good quality product now, and then "upgrading" and buying a different one later. I would wait to start up your tank till you have the money to get everything you need, it's not good to start and stop, so IMHO I'd wait till you get that refund, then get started. In the meantime you could be saving money, and doing more research. If you lfs doesnt sell RO water, ask them where then you can get some. If there is no way for you to buy any, then online you need to buy a RO filter unit. RO is the only way to go in a marine tank if you dont want to run into massive problems later on down the road.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:59 AM   #35
 
Im switching my tanks, the 75 galon is going to be a freshwater, and my 30gallon i ave now (currently freshwater) is going to become the saltwater tank. I heard somthing about carbon filters being bad for saltwater tanks, is this true?
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Old 04-16-2009, 04:39 PM   #36
 
As in FW, they arn't *needed*. I've only seen carbon used in QT tanks, and rarely.
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:08 AM   #37
 
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As in FW, they arn't *needed*. I've only seen carbon used in QT tanks, and rarely.
From past experience, and from many years of trial and error, Ive discovered for my system anyway, that some carbon, but less carbon than what is recommended, works best IMHO. Too much carbon removes lots of bad stuff, but it also removes some good stuff too...

I run my tanks with 1/2 carbon than what the recommended amount for my tank size is, and it keeps the water clean, and also doesn't remove some minerals ect. that I need to run a healthy reef tank.
Long story short, If you want a FOWLR tank, then I think you could leave out the carbon with no foul. However, if you intend on running a reef tank, then I'd recommend putting 1/2 of what the recommended amount is because of the higher water quality needs of a reef tank.
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Old 05-18-2009, 12:53 AM   #38
 
I have spent aprox 2,000 and this is what i got

Equipment:

* 75 gallon glass tank
* 4-5 inch live sand bed
* 1 Hydor Koralia K4
* 1 Hydor Koalia K3
* ehopps wet/dry kit 75g
* 300 w heater Set 78 F
* 80lbs live rock
* 48" 260 watt Power Compac lighting (4-65 watt) 21" Straight Pin bulbs with led lunar lights.

Live Stock:

* 8 Turbo Snails
* 5-7 Nerite, Cerith, Trocchus Snails
* 5-8 Blue legged hermit crabs
* 1 Rock Anemone
* 1 Green Chromis
* 1 Yellow Tang

Still needing a skimmer, 100lbs live rock, better lighting and an ro/di unit which should be aprox another $1000 if im lucky

and here is a pic of my tank

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