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Old 04/11/2009, 02:09 PM   #76
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Hello all, yes I am a newbie. My name is Chrisie, have had an aquarium for 10 months now, and have fallen head over heals for the saltwater world. I am so excited about all the new things I learn every day.........the good and the bad! BTW happy Easter to all.

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Old 04/11/2009, 07:09 PM   #77
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Anxious to get started

Hey guys, my name is brandon. I am in the navy currently live in Jacksonville Fl, soon to be millington tn. I have been bitten by the salt water bug! My buddy has some tanks and gave me a 25 gal tank with two false perculas to make my 2 year old daughter happy. I have pretty much taken it over as mine and can't wait to move and get a bigger tank and start my reef tank. Very excited and would love any advice and/or help! Thanks,
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Old 04/12/2009, 12:06 AM   #78
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Michael--WK posted the stats when I asked a couple of pages back
oh-ok, thanks scott, i suppose i will just take another look back through the pages, sorry, i didnt notice


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Old 04/12/2009, 12:09 AM   #79
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Hey guys, my name is brandon. I am in the navy currently live in Jacksonville Fl, soon to be millington tn. I have been bitten by the salt water bug! My buddy has some tanks and gave me a 25 gal tank with two false perculas to make my 2 year old daughter happy. I have pretty much taken it over as mine and can't wait to move and get a bigger tank and start my reef tank. Very excited and would love any advice and/or help! Thanks,
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hey brandon, welcome to the forum.

theres lots of guys and gals on here with smaller tanks and most are doing well, however id start with a 75 gallon if it were me, unless money is an issue of course, (it is for most of us) but a larger tank for a newbie to the hobby is easier to maintain, still even a 25 is a good start, read the stickys at the top of the forum and do plenty of research and you will do just fine


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Old 04/12/2009, 09:12 AM   #80
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Here we go I'm picking the rest things up at the P.O. tomorrow to get started with my reef tank. I have a few questions. I live in the caribbean as you can see I have two options of getting water the ocean and D.I.Y saltwater mix. The 30 gal that I have, I used the ocean, I test the water before I use it in my tank. Is it a good idea to use the ocean water in my tank or should I just mix it? Or the local DNR said it was ok to use the ocean water. (I won't be stealing it) LOL


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Old 04/12/2009, 10:32 AM   #81
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I tend to doubt you'll drain the ocean filling that 30 gal. I'd say, of course use the ocean water. You can't beat mother nature. Some people run ocean water though a filter but I really don't think that is necessary unless the water is unusually turbid. I would suggest running carbon when using it as it can remove any trace organic contaminants that may be leaching into beach water. Mixing ASW and NSW is fine. Just make sure to match the salinity.


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Old 04/12/2009, 06:37 PM   #82
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Thank you Waterkeeper. My reef tank will be a 60gal. tank and I do run carbon on the 30 gal tank so therfore I will continue. Hauling 60gals of saltwater from the ocean shall be a task. lol


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Old 04/12/2009, 06:48 PM   #83
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Can a long-time lurker, but infrequent poster say "Hello"? I hope so, because here goes:

Hi, I'm Shannon. I'm from Southern California. After many years of freshwater tanks, I decided to try a saltwater tank in 2006. I quickly progressed from: "A biocube sounds like a great way to start;" to: "I only want fish, and never anything larger than 75 gallons;" then "Gee, I could try that geen slimer and see how it goes;" and finally: "I really think a 180 gallon tank would look great in the living room!"

For the record, it does look pretty great!

I've gotten some great advice through my lurking here, and just wanted to official say "hi" and thanks!


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Old 04/12/2009, 06:59 PM   #84
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But look at all the muscle mass you are building if you haul about 160 pounds of seawater to you tank each week, Shannon.


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Old 04/12/2009, 07:36 PM   #85
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Hi, my name is Jakob, please call me Jay. I am a 15 year old boy from Reykjavik in Iceland, thats where i currently live. I have been with the fish bacteria for 7 years now, i please do not want people to underestimate me just because im young. Why not: My english is clear, i am mature and i work at a lfs. All the seven years i have kept fish i have only been into the freshwater fish but recently i have wanted more and more to set up a reef tank. So i am working on a Nano reef tank, i am not sure of size yet but it will be around 70L. I am at school currently but i am going to get a masters degree and a doctors degree in biologi. So i am a future biologist that will specify in fish. I dont know where i am going to work but i am probably someday going to open a lfs myself.
I currently have a 100g Central american cichlid tank and am buying the 70L tank soon.
So thats me, and i hope i get to know any of you better.


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Old 04/12/2009, 07:45 PM   #86
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I could give a whole new meaning to the term "Beach Babe"

My husband still shakes his head over the fact that I wouldn't let him put a deck in the back yard because it would have created steps that I couldn't roll my Brute over!


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Old 04/12/2009, 07:50 PM   #87
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Hi Jay

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At 15 are you tackling the master or doctorates first?


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Old 04/12/2009, 08:24 PM   #88
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Thank you, master first, but not in a few years ofcourse.


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Old 04/12/2009, 09:49 PM   #89
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I hope your Master's Thesis will be on "The Elimination Biological Contamination in the Marine Ecosystem, Precisely Newbies."


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Old 04/13/2009, 06:45 AM   #90
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Hahaha. Dont we all.


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Old 04/13/2009, 04:09 PM   #91
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Hi all im from the caribbean (Trinidad) to be exact. I currently have a 50 gallon aquarium which is just cycled and ready for fish and inverts. Im very new to the saltwater aspect of aquarium keeping and look forward to some great advice from reef central.


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Old 04/13/2009, 08:08 PM   #92
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Hello everyone from here in Texas. I'm not totally new to saltwater fishkeeping, but I am new to reef tanks and am getting back into the hobby after about 15 years or so. Look forward to lots of searching and reading, and maybe asking a few questions too!


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Old 04/13/2009, 11:59 PM   #93
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hi-limerboy hi-nipper, welcome to the forum,start with the stickys and hope to see you posting in the forum soon


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Old 04/14/2009, 04:35 PM   #94
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HI, well I am brand spanking new at this. Just bought a 24 gal Aquapod and mixed my first batch of salt water last night. I have so many questions. I've been trying to read up on stuff but just end up wtih more questions. (do you know how long it even took me to figure out how much salt to add to the water? it's not in any of the books I looked in) anyway, I started my heater and am goin to add my "live sand" Bagged today I think 20 lbs worth? After I do that how long to I have to wait to get my live rock in? I was planning on getting some Live Rock from my boyfriends work buddy who is downsizing his tank. Is this OK or is it too what's the word, cured? to start my cycling process? Also, any brand names or types of test kits anyone can refer me to would be greatly appreciated?
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Ps, I bought a submersable heater.... how low should it go in my tank (can the cord get wet??? and any ideas on it's placement in the tank, how about placement of my thermometer. SHould they be on oposite sides of the tank? can the heater go in the slot in the back near the pump or should it be in the "main viewing area?"


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Old 04/14/2009, 07:17 PM   #95
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Add you live rock along with the sand. This will start the cycling process. Adding the live rock later can prolong the cycling period.

Buy test kits for ammonia and nitrates. As the cycling progresses the ammonia should rise or spike then return to zero. Similarily the nitrogen will rise and then return to zero
When this has occured(3-5 weeks) your tank has completed its first cycling phase.
Curing is a process of cleaning off the debris and dead mater from live rock. Since it is this dead mater that cycles the bacteria in the tank obtaining partly cured rock is probably the best way to go.

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Old 04/14/2009, 08:08 PM   #96
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I'm new to Reef Central, and still green in my knowledge of reef keeping. Came here to learn a thing or two.


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You've come to the right place to learn. Start by reading the articles Water keeper has posted below this thread


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Old 04/15/2009, 02:54 AM   #98
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im new HI!

i hope this is the right page to introduce yourself. well im kevin im 17 been in this fish hobby for 2 years. experience with freshwater and saltwater, but trying out reef. have a 50 gallon fish tank with a sump, 80 lbs of live rock and 100lbs of crush corals.and i was wondering if a 65WATT POWER COMPACT LIGHT will do for a 50 Gallon?. thank you.


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Old 04/15/2009, 03:59 AM   #99
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if you intend to keep just fish kevin then it will be fine, basically fish wont mind the light quality.

as for the crushed coral, most reefers wont touch it as it can eventually aid nitrates to the tank due to the large particles and debris can get between them, again though if only for fish then fine, but id add just a small amount to cover the base


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