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post #1 of 44 Old 09-09-2012, 12:42 AM Thread Starter
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Help me with a new tank

So I am new to the salt water aquariums, actually aquariums in general. I have done a lot of research and am buying either a 55g tank and stand for $100 or a 72g bow front tank and stand with a refugium filter/skimmer that was recently used for a SW reef and fish tank. Most likely the 72G....


ANYWAYS... I would love some suggestions for coral/reef creatures. I am going for the Jaubert method.

Thanks ahead of time.
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So I am new to the salt water aquariums, actually aquariums in general. I have done a lot of research and am buying either a 55g tank and stand for $100 or a 72g bow front tank and stand with a refugium filter/skimmer that was recently used for a SW reef and fish tank. Most likely the 72G....


ANYWAYS... I would love some suggestions for coral/reef creatures. I am going for the Jaubert method.

Thanks ahead of time.
I personally prefer the Berlin method to a plenum, but that is just me. I fear in the Jaubert method if the plenum is not set up right it will have the opposite effect. A 4"+ Sand bed depth and ample amounts of Live Rock (1.5 lbs per gallon) will harbor all the denitrifying bacteria needed to keep the tank healthy when coupled with a skimmer.



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Thanks for the input. I will do more research into them.
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post #4 of 44 Old 09-11-2012, 09:32 AM
#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. Big one if you plan on some big boys.
#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.

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#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. Big one if you plan on some big boys.
#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.

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I am going to create a spreadsheet with that info, thanks!
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post #6 of 44 Old 09-11-2012, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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This thread was intended for asking about different coral and reef creatures. I have another thread located HERE about the tank setup.
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post #7 of 44 Old 09-11-2012, 01:16 PM
Sorry. Never heard of the method you mentioned.
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Sorry. Never heard of the method you mentioned.
Method?
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post #9 of 44 Old 09-11-2012, 06:29 PM
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So I am new to the salt water aquariums, actually aquariums in general. I have done a lot of research and am buying either a 55g tank and stand for $100 or a 72g bow front tank and stand with a refugium filter/skimmer that was recently used for a SW reef and fish tank. Most likely the 72G....


ANYWAYS... I would love some suggestions for coral/reef creatures. I am going for the Jaubert method.

Thanks ahead of time.
This method.
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post #10 of 44 Old 09-11-2012, 06:31 PM
As far as Coral goes. There is a ton in which to look at. To tough to throw a bunch up there, its all in what yoiu want to look at in the tank. SPS=Tough. LPS=Medium to Difficult. Softies=Easy
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