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seba 12-16-2007 11:50 PM

setting up a new aquarium system
Hey guys, I am switching from fresh water to salt water very soon, would like to do this right so need a few suggestions. I got a 60 tank, just purchased a ASM in sump skimmer, 10K mettal halide with 2 double t5 acinic bulbs i think they are 65 w each, over flow system, and a uv sterilizer, and a power head.
1. thinking about going with a refugium
What kind of pump should I buy if my overflow is a 1 inch pipe?
2. Should i be running my uv sterilizer 24/7
also how should i set this up(in sump?) and what kind of pump should i buy to run this.
3. At first i will be going with fish only but eventually into reef system
how much and what kind live rock/sand should i buy?
4. How long do I need to cycle the system for before adding fish?
Sorry for all the questions guys all the help will be greatly apreaciated I just don't want to jump into it without having all the facts.

Age of Aquariums 12-17-2007 04:06 PM

You need about 60# of live rock, and enough sand to be at least 1" thick.

You should cycle for about 4 weeks, maybe longer depending on your water conditions.

seba 12-17-2007 08:22 PM

more help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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