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    Default So I just started my first saltwater tank last night. Help???


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    Ok so I finally decided to give it a try. My current aquarium is a 29 gallon. I have the Cascade 1000 canister filter, Crushed corral that came in a bag with salt water in it saying it had all the good bio already in it, and some decor from petsmart. I used treated tap water and instant ocean salt. Filter media is just foam filters with a chemi-pure media bag. I just bought 3 assorted damsels and two crabs today to cycle the tank. Is tap water gonna be a problem? What temp should I keep the tank at? Do you use bubbles in a salt tank to add O2? Anything would help thanks.


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    Big no no! You didn't cycle your tank!! Best way to cycle is w/o fish and that is by placing even small amounts as in like 5 lbs of LR in the tank to cycle it.

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    How much research did you do?

    What decor do you have? If it is artificial, then it is no use. You need Live Rock or dead base rock. You should not have added fish or crabs into the tanks. The fish are going to fight and 29g is too small for them. What species of crab did you add.

    Bubbles in a saltwater tank are bad. You need surface agitation and current created by power heads. Tap water will be ok depending on how clean it is. It is best to use RO/DI water though as this is extremely pure.

    Get rid of the foam filters and chemi-cure media bag. These will cause more problems in the long run. Also, get rid of the canister filter and buy a protein skimmer and Live Rock. These will be your filters

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    Well it seems I didnt do enough research. Although I am making several mistakes I havent had anybody die yet. I went to water and ice today and got two 5 gallon jugs of ro water for my water change i plan on doing sunday. I am thinking if i keep up on water changes I should be ok? I plan to add 20 lbs of Fiji live rock saturday. I will buy the cured rock to try to avoid a bad cycle. The only reason I added fish already is to start the cycle. I am sure I may loose one or two but I had to cycle some how. You dont think I should use the Cascade 1000 canister filter? Why?



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    What kind of lighting should I run. Cheap!! Like just a lamp replacment.

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    ai jai jai jai jai jai jai........poor fish.

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    Yes. I know I shouldnt have bought anything. Too late now though. All I can do is try to save what I have messed up. I need some lighting

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    Gday Mate , Just started myself but had the fortune of an experienced owner to assist. Pics in the gallery.. Mate if you need to add fish I was told to start with Black Mollys ( tropical fish ) as they are hardy enough to survive the Salt. Use a base of Dead rock and add some Live Rock to it and slowly shape the desired outcome ( caves , Bombys etc) have a squiz at some of the gallery set ups to gain ideas. I would remove the fish and critters you have and RTN to pet shop and ask them to hold them for you or ask for a credit. Lighting is not cheap if you want results. E BAy my friend... Halide lamps . About 300 nicker for what you desire. Stuff it reply to my blog mate.. Happy to help....Good luck.. Can anyone else suggest any more ....

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