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New tank advice on skimmer and equipment
Old 01-04-2010, 04:43 AM   #11
 
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Everything I'm reading in this thread shows that you are making good decision. I use Red Sea test kits, but others use API and like then. They both offer alklalinity & calcium test kits.

I personally prefer the Maxi Jet power head, and yes, the Koralias are nice, especially for small tanks. (yes, yours classifies as "small")
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:51 AM   #12
 
Ok then that works great, I'll honestly probably check out the red sea test kits. What size and how many koralias would you reccomend? As soon as we actually have a tank were going to use i'll let you know the size as well so i can get an idea of how much rock and sand i'll be needing. Also what are your thoughts on buying pre-mixed water? i had thought about doing pre-mix to begin with just until i'm comfortable mixing my own unless you have some other reccomendation for me that would be a better option. I'm really open to anything so long as it's more efficient or better than what's on my mind thus far.
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Old 01-04-2010, 09:22 PM   #13
 
Ok i apologize for the multiple posts but it's for sure. Finallly went with dad to buy a tank today. He settled on a marineland 46 gallon bowfront. I tried to talk him into a normal shaped 56 instead, but either way i'm happy with it. Just need to find out exactly how much dry/live rock and sand to put in this thing when i decide to get going.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:51 AM   #14
 
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You will love the bowfront. It is much easier to arrange the rock work.

I would order 65 pounds of dry rock and 80 pounds of sand from marco rocks.
40 Pound box Key Largo Rock, <br>40 Pounds Bahamas Aragonite Sand<BR>pay shipping on rock only - KL40-40
25 Pound box Key Largo Dry Rock, <br>Pre Cycled - DS-25
40Lb Bahama Aragonite sand <br>(shipping included) - BAS40

Then add 10 to 15 pounds of live rock to seed the tank. And remember, you want a sand depth of 4'' to 6''.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:05 AM   #15
 
Ok perfect, thank you very much. I'm pretty excited to get started granted it probably still wont be for a bit until i get all the equipment etc. On the remora skimmer it gives you the option between the two pumps, i forget the names exactly i just remember one says 800 and the other is 1200. The 1200 is a whopping 5 bucks more i'm just curious what exactly I should be getting here before i order it along with a 200 watt stealth pro is what i was looking at for heating, but i'm definitely open to any other suggestions on that as well. I have one in my freshwater and i like it a lot for the past few days haha.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:03 AM   #16
 
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I lost track of this thread. How are things progressing?
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:24 PM   #17
 
I ordered 65 lb of the key largo dry rock and 80 lbs of aragonite sand from marco rocks. Skimmer,powerheads, and heater have been ordered as well. I'm lacking lights but I think we've settled on Aquarium Lighting T5 Fluorescent Light Fixture: AquaticLife T5 HO and Lunar Light Fixtures for the lights however. After going over costs of buying distilled water over time compared to using an RO/DI unit etc my dad is also now looking into an RO unit but at this point I'm clueless about that. However once all this stuff gets here I'm hoping to begin the tank.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:15 PM   #18
 
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Very nice. Post some pictures as you go along!
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:49 PM   #19
 
I most definitely will be. Thanks for all the help along the way as well!
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:14 PM   #20
 
Ok so one question I've come up with when thinking about aquascaping the tank. I know i want a 4''-6'' sand bed. It just seems like that takes up a ton of space when i used a tape measurer to see how high it actually is up against the front of the glass. I'm not so worried about the loss of space as to how i just think the sand that high up against the front of the glass is going to look a bit odd. Is there any draw back to having a steep slant up after the front of the glass to give the front a bit lower end? I'm just curious cause i seem to look at other reef builds around and in the pictures some sandbeds don't seem to look nearly as high as mine did when i used that measurer.
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