switching from fresh to salt
i think im gonna switch over my chiclid tank to a salt tank. ive kept freshwater for 15 years and was very successful at it but this is a new venture for me.
its a 46g bowfront tank. i went to the lfs today and talked to them a while about it. he recomended i get 20lbs of live sand and 20 lbs of dead sand. also some live rock to start out. he said it depends what i can spend but even one small rock is a good idea to get. he suggested i cycle the tank with 2 damsels.
he also said i could reuse all the stuff i have currently if i clean it out real well, as well as totally removing all my current gravel bed.
i have a cascade 1000 canister filter that im glad i can reuse.
what light bulbs should i use? i currently have a 36" t-5 setup with 2 39watt 6500k bulbs in it. i know that will grow algea like crazy in a salt tank?
sorry for being all over the place here. i just wanted your thoughts or recomendations as this is my first venture into it.
Damsel fish-in cycle are not only stressful for the fish, but why buy a fish you are interested in keeping? You have to go through the stress of catching the fish, bagging it and bringing it to the LFS without killing it.
Welcome to Saltwater. You already have the cheapest part of this venture: the tank.
Well I did the opposite way. I kept salt as a kid now keeping cichlids( and other freshwater stuff) lol. Now first I'll say I don't remember everything as I was a kid when I did salt but I did a fish in cycle with 1 yellow tail blue damsel and the damsel may have been stressed(don't recall exactly) but seemed ok to me and added another later and clowns later on. I would go for more then one small live rock.. well thats what I did. I remember thinking as I put it in it looked like an absurd amount and I didn't want to do it(but my parents insisted). So thats all I remember but and everyone was very healthy and active for the ~3yrs I kept them when I sold it to a neighbor because it was a pain to keep up properly.
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