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  1. Default Saltwater Aquarium beginings

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    I have recently decided to buy an aquarium and try to do a reef tank eventually.

    My Husband and I have been going through a rough patch with the family life and went to a pet store. There I saw my fist reef tank, it was so mesmerizing and calm but fascinating. My husband had a FOWLR tank years and years ago and had always said he would like another some day. So here we were at the pet store and I was falling in love with all the eye candy and he mentions it again. I said yes please get another, he looks at me and says "really?" and I said lets do it. I thought this would be a good outlet for excess energies and something to do together. And I still feel that way but I must say I am in over my head.

    I feel like this could be very rewarding but from what I have read it may be overwhelming.

    We have not received our tank yet for they could not drill the plumbing into the tank we picked (Tempered glass on the bottom), so they have had to make our tank from scratch. This has left me with a lot of time to research. The start up cost is enormous, well more than we were initially quoted. We have had issues with what lighting to choose, which powerheads, which protein skimmer and now Im worried about the cycling process. What about dosing? hmmmm.......

    We have got

    135 gallon tank (6ft' x 18" x 24")
    Ecotech Gen 3 pro lighting x 3
    ATI Power cone I-series protein skimmer
    Ecotech MP40 powerheads
    36 Watt UV filter
    Sump RL 300
    Titanium heater (cannot remember the brand or type)
    Reef Link
    Neptune apex Base Unit
    Sality salt water mix
    G probe
    150 lbs of uncured live rock
    and then all the small things like
    sand siphoner
    algae scrapers
    Tap water conditioner
    Test kits
    um....... I'm sure im missing some things

    But I was hoping maybe some kind individual would read this and tell me if I got the basics and that I'm set up for success beginning with the equipment.

    Im very excited but terrified.

    As my name states I think I'm in over my head.

    Thank you

    And I wish all of you the best of luck in having beautiful healthy aquariums.

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    So that was me a few days ago...

    We got to pick up our 135 gallon tank yesterday, so excited, barely fit in the vehicle, had to make 2 trips to get everything home and spent to much money.

    When we got it all home and put the aquarium on the aquarium stand (which I feel is too flimsy to hold 1500 lbs) the aquarium didn't fit on the stand . The stand was cock-eyed and the one corner pulled apart. Very frustrating, so we had to once again postpone getting set-up to go back and get a replacement.

    Husband was very angry and wanted to at one point take everything back and forget it, which didn't happen because we are committed to it now.

    Got the replacement this morning.

    So now he it going to try and figure out the plumbing, he's pretty concerned over it and since I'm just going to give him the space to do it and have faith in his abilities I'm not stressed about that but it has put me into the state of waiting again, being patient is not easy.

    Also when we opened up our ATI Power Cone I-series Protein Skimmer, it looked like it had been used before and the manual was missing....? So we went to return it, the vendor was very unhappy with us, to the point that we had to insist that if he continued to make a big deal out of the return and giving us bad attitude that he simply would have none of our future business. We went to a different pet store and bought the Super Reef Octopus 6000SSS Internal Protein Skimmer.

    Will post pictures soon.

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    Check out the saltwater section here... lots of good info.

    Here's one thread with tons of info...

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    Sounds like the guys at the store recommended some very good quality equipment. Looks like your off ot a good start

    Its actually very easy to cycle a marine aquarium when using live rock.

    The above posted link contains a lot of help information about marine set-ups and one about cycling marine aquariums.

    I would start with a FOWLR set-up for now using reef safe fish which will allow you to take your time and learn more about corals and reef set-ups. This will also allow your set-up to mature some more as well. It can be a lot easier if you take things one step at a time.
    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=""]

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    Sorry you are having such bad experiences with your equipment. Its hard to find a good store, we all have stories about stores giving bad advice or service.

    It is a big outlay, but once you are up and running you will be fascinated by your tank, saltwater has many surprises to keep you interested.

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    So............ we have set-up the plumbing, my husband is a genius, and nothing leaked, everything is working great, Yay!

    Yesterday we starting the pumping, had a few set backs - the aquarium we have keeps busting the stands we buy because the added extra silicone under the black frame on the bottom part of the tank. He had to whittle wood out of the one side of the stand so the aquarium would sit properly on it (said he was a genius).
    - Also our over flow holes were drilled too close the the ones side of the tank so we had to take more wood out of the frame to hook up the plumbing under it.
    - The protein skimmer is quite large, it takes up most of the sump, I was considering trying to not use the filter socks but after reading a lot I have to keep them on at least while the tank is cycling.

    Good points - we got the tank filled yesterday with saltwater, it is fully running and we have not had any issues. We tested the salinity this morning, and I am so amazed at the results, our salinity is 1.0265, what! Ok this is very surprising because we put 45 gallons in the tank and did not measure it out well and one bucket I know I put too much in but it turned out almost perfect, I feel Awesome!

    One issue that we might have right now is that our overflow into the sump is loud, like really loud flowing water??? We are going to the fish store to see if this is ok or if we have to tinker with something.

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    where are the photos?

    Current tanks:
    37G FW - 3 Pearl Gourami, 4 Black Mollies, approximately 20+ Molly Fry, 5 Assassin Snails | 10G Planted FW - 14 Molly Fry, rocks, DW and an Anubias Nana - journal
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    How to cycle without fishies!

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    Sounds like a imbalance between the air & water flow getting into the drain.

    If that is the case, it's a very easy fit.

    Could you post some pics of the drain ? I could help if I could see how it is currently set-up
    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=""]

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    ok, about the pictures, I have been very busy setting up my first ever new aquarium, so please forgive me it has been very busy.

    Now that my tank is cycling, live rock set up, just finishing the lighting, I will try and figure out how to upload images.

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    So here are some photos of the setup, it was really hard to get a picture of everything because the skimmer is so large, lol.

    Let me know if there is anything in particular you would like to see.


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