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tomgray 02-13-2007 06:40 PM

need some serious saltwater help
okay i am brand new to saltwater tanks...i have a complete set-up from what i know...
-120 gallon tank 60by24by18
-not sure the wattage but big enough light two bulbs one white one blueish
-told you i was new
-55 gallon sump
-ehiem 2217 filter
-protien skimmer
-apporx 75 pounds aragonite
-approx 10 lbs live rock (assuming practicaly dead)
-power head
-hang on over flow and hydrometer (on the way from california)

and i think thats it i am also getting some red sea salt i have practically no clue what i need and how much i can be looking to spend per year i know the start up costs for salt and rock but i just am sort of lost and open for any suggestions thanks alot to whoever can give me a hand and also i am new to this so little words haha

musho3210 02-13-2007 07:08 PM

hmm your live rock isnt enough, you should get 120 pounds of live rock for that size tank, thats the best for filtration, you might need more sand as well, 1-1 1/2 pound per gallon of live rock for filtration, you may add more for the viewing pleasures, the same goes for sand but i wouldnt add more. What kind of water are you using, tap, RO/DI, distilled? Also what type of tank were you planning, FO (fish only) fowlr (fish only with live rock) mini reef (a mix between corals and fish) full blown reef (focuses more on corals, less on fish)

tomgray 02-13-2007 07:50 PM

i am buying live rock i am just looking to find some live roc that isnt goin to set me back like 700 bucks and i am going to the fowlr set-up and tap water i am sort of on a budget because i am in school and i have an expensive girlfriend lol

tomgray 02-13-2007 07:51 PM

o and i am going with a hang-on over flow how many gph should i be looking at?

musho3210 02-13-2007 07:57 PM

wait i must try to tell you not to use tap water. The tap water contains unwanted stuff which can ruin the ph and cause unwanted algae growth. Also with tap water the salt you use will have to be very different since there are so many things put in play. RO water doesnt cost that much and if you are willing to you can buy your own RO water filter. BTW if your girlfriend asks you for money and gifts for no reason then break up with her (its alright if she nicely asks you once and doesnt beg), if she doesnt ask and you give her presents since you want to be nice, good job :) but its your private life and im no phsycatrist, Im not sure about overflows as i have never had a sump

tomgray 02-13-2007 08:19 PM

awesome.....okay another question you will find that for every answer comes another question or two :) but ya i am tihnking of transporting live rock from california but it is going to be a 5 day transport so do you think that i could do that? or would i have to buy some locally because the price locally is like 6 bucks a pound damned expensive and how much would an RO filter cost or just RO water???

Brandon 02-13-2007 08:39 PM

Whered you buy all of this cause i live in canada too.

tomgray 02-13-2007 08:45 PM

well i am in whitby ontario not sure if ur familiar but i went to big als and it was like 5.88 a pound and this site i am looking at has it with delivery for 400 bucks for 100 pounds which isnt bad i guess i am just trying to find a relatively cheap place to buy live rock

musho3210 02-13-2007 09:03 PM

well in the chicago area RO water costs 30 to 50 cents a gallon, a RO filter costs around 100 dollars for 10 gallons filtered per day, you can get a more expensive one that filters more gallons each day

Melissa 02-13-2007 09:05 PM

ok, well with like dont have to get it all at once. you can buy slowly, thats what we did.

Now....have you set up the tank or is it waiting to be set up-?. Because if it hasnt been set up, the first thing you will want to do when it is, is cycle it.

You can fill up your tank at first with tap water, if you dont have r/o water. Most people do this anyway. Then when you do water changes you put the good clean water in.

i will write more in depth with things if you have other questions. there are also alot of other saltwater keepers who can help you too.

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