New tank setup help!
Hello there all! I am FrightyDog! (little soething about me!)
I am a resident of southern California and fan of animals all around! I have kept everything but rodents (so far). I am just rekindling the flame for saltwater fish! I am open to many ideas because i am quite new to this...onto my questions!
I am going to be starting a 65 gallon saltwater tank! It still has not been setup but I am getting it Thursday. I would love to know great colorful fish to be added to it! Whether I want a reef or not doesn't matter because for the start I will only have Live rock. I want to know what devices to use to help it be clean and help check water parameters. It is an overflow also. I would like to know the best type of fish for me to have! Including inverts or plants if you think would be good. I had a 25 gallon (still do) before upgrading. Many fish perished in here. I had bad experiences from being inexperienced. I killed a lionfish and sea cucumber along with other non poisonous fish! So I would like to maintain these nice guys . Also for any SoCal residents I want to know the best fish stores down here. They are all pretty much similar but I have yet to find the golden snitch!
-What devices are needed to help maintain a healthy tank and fish?
-What inhabitants should I add to the tank?
Thank you for your time!
To answer your questions we will have a sump, protein skimmer, and heater(<not sure if we need one we have one). Also for now we are probably going reef-free.
Only one of these Dwarf Angels:
Flame Angel or
Coral Beauty or
Maybe one of these tangs:
Yellow Eye Kole Tang or
A couple of:
One of these:
And lastly some type of:
This is how I would stock a 65 gallon tank. I would get it up and running first and let it run for about two months before adding any fish. And that 25 gallon you have would work great as a Quarantine tank that you can keep the fish in isolation before adding them to the display tank. This will stop outside contaminants from entering your system.
Our friend owns a fish store and he is going to come in and set up the tank and come weekly to maintain it. He said we would just have to wait a week...Is that true? He is a professional all his fish are healthy
If he's starting your tank with actual Live rock (truly cured LR) then yes, you will be able to add fish and inverts within a week, if not sooner. I started my tank this way and never went through a cycle at all. You can encounter problems going this route however such as unwanted hitchhikers, not to mention the cost of going this way.
Rome was not built in a day, and I always say, "nothing good happens fast in an aquarium." Especially a Marine tank. My first tank was set up and in two weeks I had added my first fish. It was a Red-Headed Fairy Wrasse. That fish lasted a long time. I also added two clowns, a Polaris Goby, a Six-Line Wrasse and various inverts, such as shrimp and crabs and snails within the first two months. I started adding coral within the first three months and in six months I had a full reef tank going.
I started having problems. Mainly because I never took the time to make sure I understood how to properly test in an aquarium. I tested Nitrates and Nitrites and Ammonia and pH. Nitrates would hover around 5-20 ppm and Nitrites and Ammonia would be zero. pH would swing and I would add buffer to correct it. It would swing again. Livestock started dying. I figured the tank was too small, so I set up a 150.
I let the 150 sit for about two months before I started switching the livestock that survived (the two clowns, a Hippo Tang, a Mandarin and a few pieces of coral). I would move some Live Rock over and let it seed the tank. Before I added any fish I made sure that my pod population was through the roof. I started testing for Alkalinity and Calcium. This was the key. It was a window into my aquarium that let me understand what was going on in my tank. It took me about two months to get the dosing steady before I added fish. After I started adding coral again I had a time that the Alk and Calcium was wacky again and my dosing schedule changed.
Any addition or subtraction from the tank results in swings in Alk and Calcium. Dissolved Organic Solids are neutralized by the buffers (alkalinity) in the water. Calcium is also depleted in a similiar manner, because it is the element that bonds the buffering ions (carbonates and bicarbonates) together.
This is why I say two months. It may take three weeks just to get the Alk and Calcium to the coreect initial levels (400-450ppm Calcium and 8-12 dKH Alkalinity). Then you add a Clean Up Crew. They produce waste and Alk and Calcium start to deplete again. This may take another two weeks to stabilize (and by stabilize, I mean a solid week of test results that are the same). Then you add a fish or two. Again stabilize Alk and Calcium.
Every time you add life, this proccess must be repeated until you get a good feel as to how Alkalinity and Calcium act in your tank.
Welcome to the forum :wave: It looks like you came here for some good solid advice and got a boatload of attitude along with it.
Don't let this deter you from asking any and all questions necessary or sharing your experiences along the way. This forum is full of great, knowledgable, and helpful people. Wake49 is definately one of them.
Good luck getting your feet salty :)
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