Mind = Boggled... - Aquarium Forum
New To The Saltwater Aquarium Hobby This forum is a friendly place for all the people that are new to the saltwater hobby to post their questions. This section makes it quick and easy to find useful information for beginners and get answers to your questions.

  Members currently in the chatroom: 0
Who's Online
The most chatters online in one day was 17, 09-12-2012.
No one is currently using the chat.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
That guy....
 
ZachZaf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Coralville, Iowa
Posts: 187
Thanks: 39
Thanked 36 Times in 35 Posts
Welcomes: 55
Welcomed 39 Times in 2 Posts
Mind = Boggled...

Need some good starting points.
I have been an avid freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image keeper for years and have always wanted to branch out...

I recently came across a 75 gallon tank deal for $350... (stand, 20gal overflow tank, an $800 Double bright led system (marineland one with night light affect) and a nice stand and hood) And I am looking to purchase it today. and start up a saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image tank.

I know there is going to be a learning curve, but at this point it looks more like 2x^11th....

Where does one start? I will be quizzing my LFS guy today and having him give me a rundown.
But I also want to know from you guys. I trust you very much and know that you will lead and help guide me toward a happy healthy, albeit salty tank!

When you pay that cash or swipe that card you are making a bond with that animal that you will treat it with love and respect, and its needs will be met, first and foremost (unless you have kids...) I don't care if you have to eat ramen noodles or nothing at all to feed your cat dog fish rat whatever. That's the bond you made! Life is precious!
ZachZaf is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 09:43 AM
Vodka Doser
 
Reefing Madness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,462
Thanks: 133
Thanked 2,696 Times in 2,386 Posts
Welcomes: 2,939
Welcomed 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Mind = Boggled...

#1-Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhikers on Live 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 you go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon.

#2-Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter) Which is really not necessary.

#3-Multiple Power heads (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 power heads.

#4-Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume. Unless your tank is under 30g, in which case you can do 10% water changes a week to rid the system of detrius. But, you'll have to watch the water parameters close, if things go haywire, you'll have to do more water changes.

#5-Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Test for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.

#6-Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.

#7-Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one

#8-Rubber kitchen gloves

#9-Fish net

#10-Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets

#11-Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best.

#12-Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock.

#13-Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.

#14-Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.

#15-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

#16-Heater rated for your size tank.

#17-Saltwater Mix. Marine Salt. Instant Ocean is the cheap Salt that beginners and Advanced use alike.

#18-Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate. There is also a Digital Meter that is way advanced if you have the cash.

#19-Aquarium 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, or GFO and such)

#20-Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coral. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 2-3" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep.

Volusion Demo Store

Aquarium Nitrogen Cycle and cycling. Methods for ammonia, nitrite removal.

aquarium heater | eBay

power heads | eBay

New 0 10 Salinity Refractometer Salt Water Aquarium | eBay

MarcoRocks Aquarium Products

Bulk Dry Live Rock & Live Sand - Bulk Reef Supply

Live Rock and Live Sand: Live saltwaterautolinker.com autolinking image Aquarium Rock and Sand

Fish & Aquarium Supplies: Marine Substrates, Sand, Crushed Coral, Live Sand

Aquarium Lighting; Reef, Planted Light Information. PAR, Bulb, Watt, Kelvin, Nanometers, MH, LED.

http://live-plants.com/

What Your Coral Needs | Successful Reef Keeping

t-5 lighting | eBay

cree led aquarium | eBay

Aquarium Salt Mix: Salt for Saltwater and freshwaterautolinker.com autolinking image Fish Aquariums

My 240g Reef Tank Pics
Water Parameter: Alk-8:PH-8.2:Cal420:Phosphate.05:Temp77:Nitrates-20:Mag1250:SG1.025
Reefing Madness is offline  
post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
That guy....
 
ZachZaf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Coralville, Iowa
Posts: 187
Thanks: 39
Thanked 36 Times in 35 Posts
Welcomes: 55
Welcomed 39 Times in 2 Posts
Re: Mind = Boggled...

Thanks for the input reefing. I hold your expertise high by the way!!

I did read that in the sticky. I was refering to more like chemical guidelines water specifics and the like.

Ill have more specific questions when I get home. But thanks for the I put now!

When you pay that cash or swipe that card you are making a bond with that animal that you will treat it with love and respect, and its needs will be met, first and foremost (unless you have kids...) I don't care if you have to eat ramen noodles or nothing at all to feed your cat dog fish rat whatever. That's the bond you made! Life is precious!
ZachZaf is offline  
 
post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-20-2012, 10:51 AM
Vodka Doser
 
Reefing Madness's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Arizona
Posts: 6,462
Thanks: 133
Thanked 2,696 Times in 2,386 Posts
Welcomes: 2,939
Welcomed 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Mind = Boggled...

Chemical guidelines? Well, that would all depend on what your going after here. If we are just talking about a FOWLR, your not going to be needing a Reef test kit, you'll just test the normals up to Calcium levels. Reef testing, and dosing additives, you would be going Reef, and looking at testing for Magnesium, Alkalinity, Phosphates, PH, Calcium. Those yoiu will need to keep an eye on. If your wanting the Pink-Purple Coralline to grow, like everyone thinks is cool, you'll want to keep an eye on Mag, ALK and Calcium levels.
MAG- 1200-1400
PH- 7.8- 8.4 Up around 8 to 8.2 is good
ALK- 8-12 Up around 10 is good
Calcium- 420-460
Hows that?

My 240g Reef Tank Pics
Water Parameter: Alk-8:PH-8.2:Cal420:Phosphate.05:Temp77:Nitrates-20:Mag1250:SG1.025
Reefing Madness is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Aquarium Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Replace with
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome