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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:35 pm Post subject: setting up a marine tank help needed Reply with quote

 hi  guys  i  m  planning  to  set  up  a  marine  tank  with  a  little  knowledge  about  it.  i  hav  a  3/18/21  tank  with  dead  coral  sand  i  want  to  keep  1  maroon  clown  fish  and  anemone  could  u  help  me  with  what  things  i  would  need  wanna  make  it  less  expensive,is  red  sea  salt  good.  is  sump  necessary,  do  u  need  a  protein  skimmer  what  lightings  will  i  need,and  how  do  i  stsrt  the  cycling  process.  
 
 thanks  in  adv.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:19 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed Reply with quote

 Welcome  to  the  salty  side.  Just  take  it  slowly  and  do  it  correct  the  first  to  avoid  expensive  mistakes.  Read  on  aragonite  sand,  they  are  better  than  crushed  coral  IMO.  Since  you  are  going  to  have  an  anemone  and  probably  will  want  to  get  into  corals,  Protine  skimmer  and  sump  would  come  in  handy.  It  will  be  better  for  you  to  drill  the  tank  now  than  to  do  it  later  when  it  is  established.  Cycling  take  about  4-6  weeks  to  complete  and  wait  another  6  months  to  add  the  anemone.  They  need  established  tank  to  survive.  Anemones  also  need  high  light  like  MH,  T5  with  good  reflector  or  LED.  On  the  side  note,  clown's  do  not  need  anemones  to  survive,  they'll  be  happy  without  one.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:23 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed Reply with quote

 Great  to  hear  that  you  want  to  setup  a  marine  tank.  Just  keep  two  important  factors  in  mind  ie  it  is  expensive  (  even  for  a  water  change)  and  requires  sustained  effort  to  maintain(  pH  and  salinity).  Most  marine  setups  are  sustainable  on  much  greater  surface  area  and  if  you  talk  about  lighting  it  is  either  MH  or  LED  which  give  good  penetration  for  a  healthy  marine  setup.  why  don't  you  hint  on  making  a  pico  setup  with  canister  filtration.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:47 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed Reply with quote

 To  cycle  a  marine  tank,  you  need  an  ammonia  source,  which  will  then  degrade/rot  over  the  next  3-4  weeks,  typically.
 
 Before  you  start  cycling,  you  need  to  buy  an  NO2  test  kit,  as  in  Nitrite  test  kit
 
 So  how  do  you  introduce  the  ammonia?
 
 Throw  in  a  small  piece  of  shrimp,  to  begin  the  cycle.  You  could  also  add  a  very  small  quantity  of  pellets  every  couple  days  to  introduce  ammonia.  After  10days  of  introduction,  start  testing  for  NO2,  it  will  go  high  and  then  once  it  drops,  its  safe  to  add  hardier  fish  species  like  damsels/  clowns.
 
 Red  sea  salt  is  fine.  Sump  is  not  necessary  but  better.  Lighting  really  depends  on  what  you  wanna  keep.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:15 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed Reply with quote

 The  tanks  looking  good,  If  i  were  you  i'd  get  rid  of  the  artifical  stuff  marine  tanks  look  awesome  without  then  too.
 Start  your  cycle  with  a  piece  of  shrimp  and  start  testing  after  10-14  days.  The  cycle  should  complete  in  3-4  weeks  usually.
 Please  dont  introduce  an  anemone  before  atleast  8-9  months  of  your  tank  running  perfectly.
 You  can  always  give  me  a  buzz  if  u  need  any  help.
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