Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:35 pm Post subject: setting up a marine tank help needed
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.
Posted: Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:19 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed
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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Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:23 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed
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.
Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2011 4:47 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed
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.
Posted: Thu Mar 10, 2011 4:15 pm Post subject: Re: setting up a marine tank help needed
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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