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Thread: Going salty?

  1. Default Going salty?


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    I've wanted to for a while... the itch isn't going away...

    Here's what I'm thinking:

    20 long "display", drilled overflow (need to drill and build the overflow, am confident to DIY that)

    20 regular sump

    (already have the tanks)

    need:
    refractometer, salt mix, powerhead(s), protein skimmer, return pump, heater, live rock, sand (aragonite?), light

    wants:
    FOWLR for now, but leave the door open for corals long term...

    What I know:
    not much, the basic basics. planning on buying water from the dispenser in the grocery store, pretty sure it's RO/DI.

    I am aware of the challenges and stocking limits of a smaller system. I am up to the challenges.

    RESEARCH. Any links not listed in the stickies that have helpful, accurate info?

    Your thoughts? Thanks!

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    Just as with any thing else in this hobby, your success will be in direct proportion to the amount of research that you do before setting up your tank. Marine tanks are any harder or any more work, but they will cost more and there is a little more to them.

    Take a look through the below articles in one section of our salt water blog that is a part of this forum. This should get you started

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/category...p-an-aquarium/
    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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    FOWLR means Fish Only Without Live Rock, but you have live rock on your list...does this mean you will be buying just a peice of live rock or two for decoration, or do you plan on using live rock for filtration?

    The water at your grocery store is probably RO only, not DI. You might want to add TDS meter to your list. There is nothing inherently wrong with using RO only water, but you will want to test it to be sure your TDS is low...otherwise you may have to purchase your water elsewhere or buy a ro/di unit of your own. The lower the TDS, the better chances of running a problem free tank.

    Welcome to the salty side!

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    I thought FOWLR was Fish Only With Live Rock. My bad. I would be using live rock for filtration.

    Thanks for the advice on the RO water and TDS meter. What would be an acceptable TDS level if it's RO only?

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    As close to 0 as possible is best, but for RO water I would say the minimum would be less than 40 to 50 ppm
    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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    No the bad is mine...FOWLR is with live rock...to me live rock is the norm, so I mistakenly translated FOWLR to be without...
    sorry bout that

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    Cliff posted a plethora of info on converting FW to SW tanks here: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=116316

    But I bet there's lots of info there you could use for a new set-up, too
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal

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    Saw Cliff's post... lots of great info and links.

    Have some equipment questions. What do you guys think about koralia nano circulation pumps? How much flow will I need? I'm thinking one at each end of the tank?

    Any thoughts on skimmers? Soo many choices... what do I look for?

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    A pair of the Korialia nano power heads should work OK. You may need a third one depending on your rock work.

    For a skimmer I would suggest AquaC ramora with a Maxi-jet 1200 pump. I have used that exact skimmer on my 20 and 40 gallon QT tanks and I really really like how they preform. Its a simple design and easy to maintain spray injection style skimmer. They can be noisy but there are easy modification you can do to remove the noise.

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/aqu...roduct-review/
    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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    Thanks! Those skimmers aren't crazy expensive either... cool!

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