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    Hello! I have just recently decided to go ahead with my saltwater aquarium. I have had this in the back of my head for awhile now and have been doing a good bit of reading on the subject. Since this is going to be my first ever attempt to do anything with saltwater other then fish in it I think I want to start out by just establishing live rock and cycling it. I do not have any plans on added fish into the picture yet just establishing live rock.

    My thought process is since I am so new I might as well learn the very basics and cycling with just live rock will put no fish lives in my hands. Plus this will give me a really big grace period turning dry rock into live rock which will allow me to practice measuring ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph and salinity.

    What I plan on using for this.

    20 Gallon Long Tank (Owned) w/stand
    Lighting (Owned) - makeshift from Lowes.

    Going to purchase...
    Sand
    RO/DI Water
    Sea Salt Mix
    Powerheads
    Dry Rock Mostly - (then go to my LFS or somebody who can help seed)
    Heater

    So what do you think is this probably a pretty good direction to go for someone brand new? The initial cost is low and also gets me moving in the right direction so down the road when I am ready for fish keeping which hopefully I will find a 55-75 gallon tank I will already have decent established live rock and live sand.

    Thanks!

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    That sounds like a great plan and your headed in the right direction :)

    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump






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    I've never kept a SW tank either but have been thinking about one for a few years (and no doubt will give one a go in a few more years). I think your approach is very sensible, and one that I would probably use myself. I shall follow this thread with interest. You should start a journal to track your progress.
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
    ~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~
    ~ My 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    Starting a journal sounds like a great idea for whenever I get things up and going. I am currently trying to decide where to make my dry rock purchase from. The best place I have been able to find so far is Tampa Bay Saltwater. The website looks a bit iffy but I have been able to find some people giving them really good reviews so they might be the winner. Once I get the dry rock I got a really good LFS that I work right next to and live about 20 minute away from to pretty much supply me with everything else I think I will need.

    I will keep you up-to-date with what is going on! Thanks for the replies I now have the confirmation and confidence to move ahead with this project!

    Thanks!

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    I would try marcorocks.com I recently ordered 100 pounds of dry rock from them for $200 with free shipping. Its great looking rock

    Here is the rock i got
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    29 gallon-planted community

    20 long frag tank
    75 gal-planted goldfish

    75 gallon mixed reef with 20 gallon sump






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    Sounds like your off to a great start.

    I would suggest a littler larger of tank for your first set-up, but if a 20 gallon is a large and you can get right now, then so be it.

    The below links might be helpful

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/cur...ine-aquariums/

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/cyc...rine-aquarium/

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/set...ne-aquarium-2/
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    I agree with Cliff that a larger tank to start out with would be a wiser choice if you have the room a 40g breeder or 55g. You will want to add fish as soon as its cycled, trust me. A 20g will not give you many fish stocking options. Odds are the tank will be cycled in a month or less, and a fishless tank with only rock will get boring after a month. Overall your approach is good one take.
    Stock the tank you have, not the tank you plan to have. Always have and use patience.
    - 29g FW - Community
    - 55g SW - Blue Watchman Goby, Royal Gramma, 6-Line Wrasse, 2 Ocellaris Clownfish, and various corals and inverts
    For those of you who want a SW tank and never have had one before or just starting out, read this blog entry from my blog on AC, it will give you a place to start.

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