Originally Posted by jeff20578
wasnt sure if this was the correct place to post this or not
I am starting the process of setting up my new 55 gallon tank.
I have got a new filter Cascade 700
Bio- Activ live agronite
2 new heaters
Now I have put about 3/4 water in the tank.
What is the best order as far as setting everything up? (ie: filter, sand, heaters ect)
I want to do this the correct way, since the last time i did it I killed everything within a month
Any help/advice would be great.
Also is there anything im missing in order to set it up properly?
I am unsure whether you are talking about a freshwater or saltwater tank, since you mentioned salt.
If it is a freshwater tank, I can advise you to set it up with full capacity water, sand, plants and heater all running for at least 10 days prior to adding any fish. Then do a 1/3 water change and add the fish gradually....
When I set up my tank after a breakin destroyed the old one, I added my cleaner fish (Catfish, Clown Loach) first, waited another week and then added the other species one week apart. It is now successfully running with apparently more fish then one site member thought possible.....
The idea is to get the water parameters stable prior to addition of any fish, and then add the fish one species at a time, with about a week between the addition of each new species. Get advice from your aquarium stockist about the species that you intend to add. Do a weekly 1/4 water change to keep the water clean, as filters do not remove ammonia or adjust pH. If you set it all up in a month last time, I'm not surprised that you lost the lot.
If you are talking about a saltwater tank, Get into the saltwater part of this site, as I'm aware that water conditions are important with a marine tank, but unsure of the details.
Good luck with it! Cheers Jewels