Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:03 am Post subject: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required.
I am planning to start a new marine tank (5X2X2) ft tank. Can somebody give me some expert advice on the key essential things to plan for, what’s the budget I need to plan for. Any previous message threads I need to go through.
What are the key maintenance activities and what's the cost associated. Do I need to be at home all the time? How to plan if I need my vacation.
I have experience of keeping the fresh water fish (Cichlids), will I be able to be successful.
I would like to start in a small scale with some hardy fish and then upgrade myself to the reef tank later as I gain more knowledge.
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Posted: Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:34 am Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required.
Loads of patience required to setup marine aquarium. In a way marine aquarium expenditure would be inevitable needless to say even for a water change. You need pristine quality water. Most important is keep live stock load as minimal as possible. You need test kits and refractometer to constantly check water parameter and specific gravity.
Posted: Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:03 am Post subject: Re: New Marine tank setup - Experts advice required.
Since you are just starting, I would suggest spend a lot of time on planning. This is the time where you can get many things right. There is no alternative to research when wanting to setup a marine tank.
Go for the Sump. I wanted to go for Canister and after researching a bit. instead went for the sump.
Get as much Live Rock as possible. My guess is around 40-60 kgs would be a reasonable start.
Skimmer - If you can get good brands like Reef Octopus, nothing like it. Else you can go for Weipro 2017.
Water change should be 15 days to a month. I go 20-25% change per month.
You will need around 20-30 kgs of Crushed Coral. Live Sand they say is better. I never tried it out though.
2 T5 should suffice if you are looking for FOWLR. If it is a reef, lighting is entirely different ball game.
You will need Salinity, ph, Nitrite, Ammonia test kits and you can source it from Chennai.
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