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    Hey AABatteries -- the tanks you suggested are all long tanks, which I think are easier than the taller tanks for a host of reasons.

    I'm a tad space constrained where I want to put this tank, though, and would rather not re-design the room if I didn't have to. What do you think about a 25 or a 20 high? 24x12x20 seems like the biggest I can go with the dresser I want to use as a stand, which is 25.5x13.

    (It's a small wall closest to the bathroom, which makes the WC's easier with the python--and my daughters share a bathroom, so I'm turning their rooms into my fish room. hahaha)

    If you guys tell me that's not wide enough, I'll go back to the drawing board and figure out how to rearrange the room to accommodate a larger tank. (I was at first attracted to the 10gal cubes @ the store)

    a 20 long is wider though and I wonder how much space the urchin(s) will need to move around.

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    Soooo tank purchased !

    My friendly LFS is good at the upsell, but I resisted much of the temptation. I ended up going with a 32g CoralLife Bio Cube. It's not as robust as some of the sump setups I saw, but it fits the space I have very well and should provide enough water volume for a shrimp and an urchin :)

    The LFS also had a tiny urchin, Rainbow (?) I think is what he said, confirmed it was wild type, but I'll ask again the type. Anyhow he let my daughter hold it and she fell in love, so I think we're going to end up with a smaller less toxic urchin.

    My calculations suggest ~30# of sand and 30# of live rock. I put the stand together today, and will finish the tank tonight/tomorrow. This week I'll go back to pick up the rock and water -- I figure for the initial cycle I'll use their water, and then figure out how to make salt water.

    Before I put water in the thing, did I make a bad move going with the CoralLife 32gal cube?

    Thank you !!

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    I know this will through a nice curve ball at you. API do have a SW testing kit. But if you can I would pick a complete red sea test kit. Currently doing the same here collecting red sea test kits.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    I know this will through a nice curve ball at you. API do have a SW testing kit. But if you can I would pick a complete red sea test kit. Currently doing the same here collecting red sea test kits.
    Just ordered the standard test kit, ARE21525 ... Nitrite, Nitrate, Ammonia, Ph, Alkalinity with much more precision than my API master test kit for FW.

    They have a bunch of other kits I don't even know what they do yet, so much reading to be done ! Why the preference for red sea?

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    Just its the kit I have been collecting. Found it to be very good quality and also very high end, extremely good reviews from other reefers out there. Also it has refill options through red sea instead of just so many uses and purchase a new one, to replace the used kit.

    Boy this is so cool watching the MTS kicking in. From FW to SW. So cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Just its the kit I have been collecting. Found it to be very good quality and also very high end, extremely good reviews from other reefers out there. Also it has refill options through red sea instead of just so many uses and purchase a new one, to replace the used kit.

    Boy this is so cool watching the MTS kicking in. From FW to SW. So cool.
    Thanks!!! Lots more parameters on this side to contend with. The precision on these kits is pretty impressive. I see a kit with pipettes and think I'm back in chemistry class. Also learning about the marine trade some and have to think about that.

    I'll post pics once the tank is built and in place!!! Going to hopefully pick up rock this week. (Along with danio's for the glo tank and perhaps a replacement tetra)

    Appreciate the inspiration folks.

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    So... After reading quite a bit more, I'm thinking I might have gone a bit overkill with the CoralLife AIO -- more filtration equipment than I need -- but that's okay. I built the stand and put the tank together today.

    I'm thinking I'll use a bag of the fluval ceramic cylinders I used in our FW 29gal tank. I picked up fluval dead sand, and will be looking at rock today at the LFS.

    I've read all the stickies, and am thinking I'll do a mix of cultured/live and dead. I'll see the pieces they have at the store, and buy the water and a pair of totes. (I'll look at making my own, but for this first run I'm going to use the LFS water)

    Redsea test kits are on the way.

    32gal cube, 45# of rock?

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    Super exciting, and how neat. I can't wait to see it come together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TexChuck View Post
    I'm thinking I'll use a bag of the fluval ceramic cylinders I used in our FW 29gal tank. I picked up fluval dead sand, and will be looking at rock today at the LFS.

    I've read all the stickies, and am thinking I'll do a mix of cultured/live and dead.

    32gal cube, 45# of rock?
    I wouldn't use the filter media. They can lead to nitrate problems down the road once the system matures.

    I've always done mostly dead rock with a little bit of live rock to seed it.

    45 pounds sounds perfect for 32 gallons.

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    That is the same tank setup (Coral life 29g) that I was going to get to start a small SW tank. I think it is a very good tank and size to start with. Much better than a 10g. Good luck and I will be following along.
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