new saltwater set-up???
Hi sat down with my partner and we have decided to start a saltwater tank along with my own new mbuna tank.
Now, she is the boss when it comes to this saltwater tank, and she wants the two fish from finding nemo. Clown Fish and Blue Tang (nemo & dory).
I need advice on how to set up.
What size of tank do i need, do i need coral's and if so what else would i need to successfully run a saltwater tank?
Thanks in advance.
You don't need corals, in fact they will make it harder to mantain your tank. You will proboly want a FOWL, or a fish only with live rock.
To start the dori, or regal tang will need atleast a 125 gallon tank. The Nemo or clownfish will tollerate as small as 30 gallon tank.
We( me, and other users) will need to know what size tank you will get to tell you what to get.
This is for stocking. @
i like how you say a 125 for the tang. many will claim a 75 gallon will work for a tang but personally atleast a 125 is better suited as it offers a long 6 feet of swimming room compared to the wide 4 feet of a 75 gallon. you also have to consider about 1 lb of rock per gallon which displaces a good amount of water and swimming room, so idealy the 125 for a single tang is best IMO. your going to want a quality protein skimmer and possible look into DIY sumps. avoid canister filters and "freshwater filtration" but other then that the tank setup will be similiar. ( heater, thermometer, light, test kit but for saltwater including the minimum of am,nitrite,nitrate,pH,alk,calcium,mag.. ) you will also need powerheads for water circulation. a refractometer ( look on ebay ) dont waste time with a hydrometer they're to inaccurate. enough sand for a 4-6 inch sandbed and enough live rock and i think that should be the basics. then ofcourse equipment can get even more advanced and get carbon reactors, controllers, calcium reactors and so on and so forth, you dont NEED any of that to get the tank started unless you want to spend the money. a controller however is always nice for your lights and heaters ( and other things ) but again not needed, as a standard timer will do the job. if you have questions feel free to ask. as for now, your best bet is to research everything saltwater related.
Ok so a 125 is minumum size for the tank.
Which type of rock can i use? 1lb of rock per gallon is alot of rocks yea?
I have heard of protein skimmers, not too sure on what they are.
Read all about sumps for freshwater, i like the idea. was hoping i could use a canister, why avoid them?
heater and thermometer and lights are the obvious ones there, test kits i'm well used to with freshwater.
Powerheads as in the aquaclear 50? do i use a prefilter with the pwoer head or is it primeraly for water circulation.
Refracometer for testing salinity, im aware of those.
Is pool filter sand ok for marine tanks?
Thanks for the help lads. Appreicated.
you can use dry rock,which is cheaper but this while require taking the time to seed it with some already live rock. a pound a gallon is a pretty rough estimate as some rock will be more dense then others. idealy the stuff with more nooks and crannies is better as it has more surface area for bacteria and growth to live on/in.
a protein skimmer basically is a blender for your tank. it whips the water and creates bubbles which allow proteins ( waste, uneaten food.. ) to stick to, rise up the tube and into the collection cup. basically filtering the water without a filter pad ( which is the concept of a canister filter ) which builds up the waste and uneaten food which then breaks down into phosphates and nitrate problems which then lead to hair algae, cyano bacteria and all kinds of trouble. the skimmer can be your best friend and its best to read online reviews to find out which ones are actually worth your time and money. some are just garbage compared to others.
i personally like Hydor powerheads because theyre cheap and effective. powerheads come in many brands, shapes and prices. you want these for water circulation. 2 or 3 hydor #4s should be a good ammount of flow in a 125 FOWLR. the flow acts like waves and helps keep poop and food in the water that can later be skimmed out or eaten by a fish/coral as it floats by. even more importantly, the oxygen content of saltwater isnt the same of freshwater. the added circulation helps with this. stagnent saltwater tanks eventually die.. a problem faced in long hours of power failures ( along with no heaters or lights if corals are present )
pool filter sand im not 100% sure on, i would just be sure its pure and def. silicate free. i may have read somewhere that the fine sand grain compacts to much not creating ideal conditions for anearobic bacteria to develop that normally does in a 4 to 6 inch sandbed. again, im not 100% sure. if you already have a bag at your house, read the label to see what exactly is in it and maybe in to a test in a cup on how some compacts once wet.
a good thing to look into is a local reefing club in your area. im not sure exactly where in the world you are but theyre all over the 50 states and a quick google search could turn up valuble. even though your not currently keeping a reef, reefing clubs offer great places to learn, meet people with tanks, and possibly pick up some used equipment.
Thanks for all that very helpful info. I appreciate it, i must start research then. I'l come back for more answers.
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