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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 10:42 pm Post subject: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 If  you  have  any  questions  with  regards  to  this  or  want  some  more  info  on  setting  up  a  tank.  Post  it  on  this  thread.
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:34 pm Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 Hah!  Thats  Great  Gatorx.
 My  first  Question  is  
 What  a  marine  newbie  should  start  with?
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 1:19 am Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 Good  info  GatorX,   Thanks  for  it.
 
 I  have  Never  kept  Marine  tank.  All  i  know  its  expensive  to  setup.  What  could  be  a  guide  price  (in  INR)  of  a  Nano  Marine  Setup.  (both  setup  and  monthly  running  cost).  I  understand  it  all  depend  of  the  species.  This  will  help  a  lot  of  newbie  to  make  their  decision  before  getting  into  it  
 
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 Note:  I  am  not  asking  specific  cost  (hope  i  am  not  braking  any  IAH  rule),
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 2:41 am Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 Hey  Gator  X,  great  thread  was  looking  for  it  for  long  time.
 
 Now  some  queries  from  my  end-
 
 What  are  are  water  readings  I  should  specially  look  for?  And  what  are  the  appropriate  values?
 
 And  can  you  suggest  what  are  be  the  good  filter  media  for  the  sump  and  is  it  advisable  to  put  some  filter  media  in  the  return  chamber  ?
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 7:56 am Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 Thanks  a  lot  for  initiating  this  thread!
 My  query-Refugium  with  live  rock  or  wet  dry  filter-what  should  be  the  ideal  filter  for  a  150  gallon  FOWLR  setup?Please  mention  the  capacity  of  the  powerhead  or  filter  for  the  above  mentioned  tank  capacity.If  I  opt  for  sump,please  advise  regarding   the  volume  of  the  sump.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 10:50 am Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 Finally  the  thread  i  was  waiting  for  !
 some  questions  i  have
 
 How  much  LR?
 how  much  LS?what  is  thick  sand  bed?
 what  is  a  refugium?  what  does  it  consist  of  ?
 what  all  should  the  sump  contain?
 the  lights  should  be  on  during  cycling  time  right?
 are  the  cooling  really  necessary?  even  for  FOWLR?
 Test  kits,  what  would  be  readings  and  beginning  and  what  should  we  aim  for  ?
 How  to  manage  the  readings  if  they  change  after  cycling?(for  ex  :  if  Nitrates  go  up,  how  to  reduce  it?  same  for  all)
 
 Thanks  for  the  thread..
 i  request  you  to  elaborate  it  more..  
 
 Thanks  again.
 
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 3:05 pm Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 what  is  LR  and  what  is  LS?  Guys  please  use  fulforms  i  am  really  a  noob  about  a  marine  setup  .
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 3:43 pm Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 LR=live  rock
 LS=live  sand
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 5:12 pm Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

                                                   
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LR=live  rock
 LS=live  sand                

 
 Thanks  Pavan.   Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 8:31 pm Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 Although..  won't  be  doing  marine  tank  in  near  future,  but  this  is  a  good  start  to  have  a  basic  idea  about  what  it  takes  to  have  a  marine  tank..
 I  am  tuned  in  .  .  .  .  .  .  Hearts
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 Weylin,  you  should  be  seeing  me  at  your  home  pretty  soon  for  me  to  gain  more  insight  on  this  post  of  yours.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 10:06 pm Post subject: Re: Basics of a Saltwater Aquarium - Comments Reply with quote

 And  what's  live  in  live  rocks  and  sand  ?   Is  it  bacteria?  Or  organisms?  What  do  they  survive  on?
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 Nice  Info.
   Clapping
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 I  have  heard  and  seen  live  rocks.  But  live  sand  thats  a  novelty  to  me
 Waiting  to  lap  up  more  info
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 After  having  interacted  with  quite  a  few  marine  newbies  and  owning  a  marine  setup  myself,  I  think  –and  this  is  my  personal  opinion-  a  marine  newbie  should  first  invest  in  a  blackboard  and  a  box  of  chalks.  Both  are  available  at  your  nearest  stationary  shop.  Then  write  ‘I  will  read  and  research  as  much  as  I  can  before  getting  into  marine…’  on  the  blackboard  sixty  eight  thousand  three  hundred  and  twenty  four  times.  Believe  me  this  itself  will  save  you  a  lot  of  time,  money  and  heartbreak  in  the  future.  It  is  at  this  very  important  initial  stage  that  most  marine  newbies  falter.  There  are  literally  hundreds  of  websites  and  forums  that  carry  good  info  so  go  through  them  and  see  what  works  best  for  you.  Remember  Google  is  a  website,  not  a  girl  so  don’t  feel  shy.
 
 Having  said  that,  most  of  the  info  you  seek  is  right  under  your  noses  in  IAH  in  the  marine  forums.  Go  through  them  carefully  as  there  are  hobbyists  who  have  asked  similar  questions  previously.  And  if  you  still  have  doubts  and  further  questions  then  the  Luke  Pomersbach  of  Indian  Aquarists  and  unofficial  chief  guest  of  Aquatika  2012  -  GatorSir  will  answer  them  for  you  here.  All  he  will  want  in  return  is  a  little  bit  of  your  soul.  But  trust  me  it’s  worth  it.
 
 Here  are  some  of  the  things  I  learnt  –  (Note:  The  following  are  my  personal  experiences  and  I  am  not  an  'expert'  by  any  measure.)  
 
 1. In  respect  to  tank  size,  I  learnt  that  bigger  is  better  in  marine.  If  you  want  to  know  why,  Google  it  or  ask  here  or  better  still  try  it.
 
 2. Because  of  the  small  number  of  marine  hobbyists  and  subsequent  demand  and  supply,  there  is  hardly  any  quality  equipment/livestock  available  in  India.  Whatever  is  available  is  horrendously  expensive.  Those  who  have  hi-end  equipment/livestock  have  sourced  it  from  foreign  countries.
 
 3. Everything  related  to  marine  (Livestock  and  equipment)  is  more  expensive  than  a  FW  setup.  Even  a  Nano  can  cost  more  than  a  high  tech  planted  setup  so  forget  about  budget  in  marine.  This  is  the  first  and  biggest  mistake  a  marine  newbie  generally  makes.
 
 4. Make  friends  with  other  marine  hobbyists  and  take  advice  from  them  but  figure  what  combination  works  best  for  you.  In  India,  a  fellow  marine  hobbyist  is  your  best  friend.  And  GatorSir  is  your  Master  and  Commander.
 
 5. Don’t  blindly  trust  your  marine  LFS  (and  LFS’s  in  general).  Most  of  them  will  misguide  and  misinform  you  to  make  a  quick  buck.  Instead  read  up  about  a  particular  fish/equipment  before  buying  it.  It’s  very  likely  that  someone  has  brought  that  fish  or  skimmer  before  you  so  ask  them  their  experience  and  review.
 
 6. Tamil  Nadu  is  the  best  place  in  India  to  be  a  hobbyist.  Period.  Calcutta  is  the  2nd  best  and  Mumbai  is  the  worst.  But  then  Mumbai  is  the  worst  even  for  FW  (I  think  Arowanas,  Goldfish  and  Flowerhorns  will  soon  become  native  to  Mumbai).  For  those  hobbyists  who  live  in  the  interiors  and  in  tier  2/3  cities  and  dream  of  owning  a  marine  tank  I  have  just  one  word  –  Don’t!  But  if  you  have  access  to  unlimited  funds,  go  for  it.
 
 7. Marine  is  riskier  and  less  forgiving  than  FW  but  if  done  right  its  easy  and  very  rewarding.  
 
 And  the  last  but  the  most  important
 
 8. Most  marine  fish,  coral  and  inverts  are  illegal  to  sell  and  own  in  India  and  those  who  do  (sellers  and  buyers)  do  so  illegally.
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