ich!! help please
ok i had a fresh water tank for a few months i bought a new fish then all my fish had ich within a few weeks anyways i tried some stuff that the pet store down the street sold me ans all m fish ended up dieing so the fish tank was just taking up space in my living room I emptied the tank now its been sitting empty for a month or so i want to start a salt water tank its 55gal octagon tank and i want to know will the ich still be there if so how should i clean out the tank
No, ich can not survive without a host to live on. Are you sure you want to attempt a salt water tank at this time? Fish shouldn't necessarily die of ich. Is it possible your tank wasn't cycled, and you lost them due to that stress that comes with it (in addition to ich)??
I would imagine there is a large commitment to getting a salt water tank set up and successful. Just saying :)
Items needed for Saltwater Set-up:
Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhickers onLive Rock that people want to stay away from, so they opt for using Dry Rock, or Dead Rock. Macro Rock is a good place to start looking for that. Either way oyu go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon
Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter)Multiple Powerheads (2 or 3) 10x your water volume for just a Fish Only With Live Rock, and at least 20x your water volume for a Reef Tank. So lets say your going reef, and you have a 100g tank, you would need flow in that tank at minimum of 2000gph, or 2 1000gph powerheads.
Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume
Saltwater Test Kits.
Reef Test Kit. Tets for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.
Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.
Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one
Rubber kitchen gloves
Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets
Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best.
Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock.
Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.
Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.
Possibly a Quarantine Tank for your new fish. They sit in here for a few weeks to kill off parasites and bacteria, to keep it from getting in your main tank
Heater rated for your size tank.
Marine SaltSaltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurateAquarium filter (not absolutely necessary if running with adequate amounts of live rock, but nice to have if you need to use a mechanical filter or activated carbon, etc.)
Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed cora. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 2-3" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep.
i only have a 55gal tank but that sounds exspensive sorry to bother you but how much would you say it would cost to get salt tank up and running befor fish?
and thanks for the list i needed that
I would look around $500-600+ (assuming you are in US or Canada), I am in the process of setting up and cycling a 32 gallon tank.
It depends on whether or not you get used or new equipment (new being better)
Protein Skimmer and rocks will probably be the biggest expense before the other equipment is added in.
yes im in the US. Wow thats more then i expected guess i better save up some money first .
while you save its a great time to do more reading for research.
Do not waste money on cheap skimmers either. I got a free one from a friend of mine who paid $55 for it new. Having done research prior to setting my tank up, I found the skimmer is useless.
It was free so cannot complain but am looking at about $125 for one rated at 65g or 2x my tank volume.
Live rock is cheaper in the US than Canada so I would look at paying around $5-8 a lb for that, you dont have to get all live rock, dry marco rock is cheaper but you will still need a lot for that tank...I paid including shipping $135 for 40lb's and $14 for 2 small pieces of live rock (2.5lbs)
So there is about $280 straight off on just a few essential pieces...factor in powerheads, heaters (you need 2 or 3), saltwater test kits, buffers perhaps and live sand. It adds up quickly.
As mentioned, save and continue the research, it REALLY pays off...almost 6 months from when I started researching until last weekend when I got the tank going. The research paid off though as putting it all together was a breeze because I knew how to do stuff in advance.
If you are going to have a sump, you can also spend the time building that, if you have it already.
Patience is the key and you will enjoy it 100% more if you do the research now and not skip over things.
Keep a little journal on stuff like treating algae outbreaks etc, fish care, etc.
Hope this works out for you :-)
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