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brandonmayberry 08-22-2013 06:58 PM

My 55 Gal Saltwater Build
 
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Bought a 55 Gallon tank off a guy with a stand a few weeks ago, and thought i would share some updates of where im at so far.

I got my protein skimmer
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And also ordered and received my refractometer.
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Then i got my Overflow in
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brandonmayberry 08-22-2013 07:01 PM

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Then i ordered an aquaticlife t5 4 bulb light and got it installed over the tank. The tank is only half full because I was still waiting for my rocks to come in the mail. I had my sand bed in already, about 4 inches (80lbs)
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brandonmayberry 08-22-2013 07:03 PM

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Finally got the rocks in the mail and my return pump for my sump. Both came in the same day, so it made me extra excited that i would be able to fill the tank and get the sum
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brandonmayberry 08-22-2013 07:05 PM

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And where im at now, is waiting for my sand to settle down again after installing the rocks and topping off the tank. Once it settles im going to get a few pics of the rocks and maybe move them a little more to make sure they are in good spots. My salinity is in a decent spot right now, but im going to check it again here shortly since i just added quite a bit of water to top it off.http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...d-img_0634.jpghttp://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...d-img_0635.jpghttp://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...d-img_0633.jpg

badxgillen 08-23-2013 12:53 AM

NICE!!! Looks like your going for some coral with those lights. Have yet to see that brand of overflow boxes in uses yet, you will have to chime in on a review when you have used it for some time.Where did you snag your rock from? looks like a big order,better get that skimmer rockin.

brandonmayberry 08-23-2013 07:37 AM

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Originally Posted by badxgillen (Post 2863969)
NICE!!! Looks like your going for some coral with those lights. Have yet to see that brand of overflow boxes in uses yet, you will have to chime in on a review when you have used it for some time.Where did you snag your rock from? looks like a big order,better get that skimmer rockin.

Yea, i would like to do some coral. So far the overflow is working good, its pretty quiet. The rock came from saltwaterfish.com about 50 lbs of live fiji rock. The skimmer already went through its break in period and seems to be working good.

This is my first saltwater tank ever, and ive been researching and reading up for the last few weeks. However i'm still really new, so if there's anything anyone sees that im doing wrong, or any suggestions, please let me know!

badxgillen 08-23-2013 11:37 AM

Actually for a first setup its looking really clean and almost like you have done it before. Did you keep fresh water previously? When you get some nitrates after some time since the rock needs to cure or establish I will give you some coral.You will have to pay shipping but you should be pleased with what I can throw your way. I always try and help out the new guys ,it can be rough in the beginning without assistance in getting ones feet wet in the salty side of things.

brandonmayberry 08-23-2013 12:37 PM

I did a little freshwater when i was younger. Me and my fiance are renting a place for school, and the landlord wont let us have a dog so i decided it was time to go all out on some fish instead. When i decided i wanted to do it, i have no idea about saltwater fish at all. I just thought you put them in some saltwater and called it a day. However i made sure to do some research and everything before i started to make sure i don't royally screw up, but that's yet to be seen. I just got the rock in yesterday, and the water actually is cleared up already this morning, Ill post a picture of it this evening after work so you can see how it looks. I would be ecstatic if you would be willing to send me some coral,and id be happy to pay shipping on it.
Right now im just playing the waiting game and testing game to see when the tank cycles and when its okay to get a fish. Ill probably start with a clean up crew, and then a clown fish or two and go from there. I don't want to overpopulate it by any means, just simple and visually pleasing.

brandonmayberry 08-23-2013 08:07 PM

Heres a few pictures of the tank with the rocks set up in it. Only have the blue lights on in the pictures. I moved some stuff around and added a new powerhead so its cloudy again for a bit, but ill try to get a picture or two with the white lights on later
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badxgillen 08-23-2013 09:18 PM

Those are some nice sized pieces there. Do you have a local fish store whom you ca n snag some live rock and sand to seed the tank with more organisms? You would only need a small amount to inoculate the tank.Pardon my asking but the tropical fish keeping .com logo on the bottom of the pics is that because you wanted it there for promotional purposes or is it just there? Not thats its all that important just inquiring minds like mine want to know.

Once you tank has some nitrates be sure to bug me about some goodies.Get an idea of what you are wanting to do with the tank.I bet your way ahead of schedule there.I know I was on my first tank.


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