Thread: First 20 gallon reef
07-17-2010, 03:02 AM #1
First 20 gallon reef
So I just set up the base of my first 20 gallon reef tank. I haven't filled it with water yet, and my question is... Can I fill the tank with water and then add the salt??
This tank is going to cycle for about a month before I think about adding anything, I just was curious if it made a difference whether I mix the salt in a bucket before adding it, or if I fill it up and then add the salt.
Thanks for the input!
07-17-2010, 03:22 AM #2
I know once it is running that I have to mix the salt before adding it to the tank, I was just curious if the first fill makes a difference.
07-17-2010, 01:34 PM #3
I used tap water and mixed the salt in-tank for my first tankful - you should be ok.
How are you cycling the tank?
Last edited by sheamurai; 07-17-2010 at 01:36 PM.20gal long planted community
07-17-2010, 04:36 PM #4
Go ahead and mix your initial salt mix in the tank.
Just dont add any live material (rocks/sand) untill after your salinity and temp are good.Oceanic 90
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07-17-2010, 06:46 PM #5
Right on! Thanks for the help...
I am planning on using Seachem Stability to cycle my tank... and then I was going to start small with some crabs or some type of crustacean. Probably use seachem for about 2 weeks and then add some type of food source to build some ammonia, and then once that levels out I will add some live rock and little guys to kick start it...
Any thoughts on whether I should do it differently?
07-17-2010, 07:38 PM #6
If you're going to use live rock as your filter, you might as well get that going right away, once your salinity/temp are good. Live rock will basically cycle the tank on its own, if you have enough. If you add it later, you will likely get an ammonia spike.
You might want to read up on saltwater cycling - if you are going reef or fowlr then cycling is a bit different process than fw.20gal long planted community
07-19-2010, 12:51 AM #7
I am going to use an aqua clear filter and live rock for the tank... I'm not trying to do anything insane. I just want to keep a couple of soft corals and a handful of fish/creatures. This is practice for setting up a 100+ gallon mixed reef (which will hopefully happen in the next year). I am currently buying the setup in pieces.