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  1. Default First 20 gallon reef


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    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!
    Good Tankin' & Take Care!

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    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.
    Good Tankin' & Take Care!

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    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 12:36 PM.
    20gal long planted community

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    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.
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    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?
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    Why thank-you - Cliff The grammar crab has you in its grasp! D: - Trillianne Thanks for the clarification - Mith A few clown for the fellow SW clowns. :D - ILuvMyGoldBarb sorry about your angelfish - smaug 
    Many cultures donw through the ages have known that Ice cream is the perfect band-aid for all occasions. ~  Sorry for your loss. - 850R Here's some Christmass Cheer, Happy Holidays Sheamurai - Cliff merry xmas, keep good care of him - genocidex Beer! The perfect gift for any occasion - Merry Chrismas! - 850R I'm glad your here and a active forum member - Cliff 
    penguin for a friend XD - genocidex Thanks for the help with that spammer !!! - Cliff Thank you for the kind words - Cliff Merry Christmas - Cliff To help you re-stock the tank - Cliff 
    Discus and Beer! - Sandz To Discus Days!!! - JudiJetson For very clear advice! - houdini56 Happy Holidays! - Rue Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 

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    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

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    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.
    Good Tankin' & Take Care!

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