Adding water for the first time

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  1. cassie1

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    Hi guys,

    I need advise please regarding adding water for the first time to my tank. I am almost ready to startup my tank for the first time but i need more help regarding the water. What are my options on adding water, must it be treated water or can I add tapwater and maybe add something for the chloor in the water before adding the salt. How does the process work?

    Thanks guys
     
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  3. neo

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    use RO water with TDS of between 0 and 5, tap water got junk in it other than chlor which will probably cause algea in your tank. Start with good water and stick to it for least amount of trouble, you can buy RO water from the sponsors on this forum, you can also buy salt water from them and you will be sure to have water made from RO.
     
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    hello cassie, great to hear you are nearly ready to wet a tank, congrats:)

    do you have an RO filter yet? what size tank do you have? You really want to start with good clean water and the only way to get that is with an RO filter, if you have a small tank you could buy RO from a decent marine supply company but its realy best to have you own.
     
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    Thanks for the advise guys, Crispin, my tank is about 300 liters. How long do you think it will take to fill up 300 + 100 for sump.

    Thanks again ;)
     
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    Can I add the RO water with my substrate and base rock placed in position in the tank or must i first add the water on its own and then at a later stage add the other stuff
     
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    Time to fill depends on your RO unit and water presure from your taps, mine took about 2 days on 450litres total (i closed the tap when i went to bed the first night).
    When i started the advise was to have an empty tank cause the salt might get trapped in the sand, also you want to add sand afterwards cause this will help to get rid of air and possible clean water in your sand.
    Wash the sand/substrate very well before otherwise you will have white water for couple of days with the 'dust' settling on your pumps etc. over time.
     
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    rinse your sand with RO water as well once you have finished washing it with tap water
     
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    you can put your sand in first but make sure that you mix the salt water in buckets before adding it to the tank dont chuck salt and water seperately into the tank......and stop stressing if you are......its not as hectic as you first imagined.
     
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    thanks guys, this really helped alot. 2 days is not bad to wait for the tank to fill up. im a patient man. :) . You really helped alot
     
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    you are then welcome at all times to show your thanks by clicking on the thanks button.......lol
     
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    i did do so thanks saltyreef ;)
     
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    Good luck, I'm with you on this as I'm starting my 1500x600x600 this weekend aswell.
     
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    thats a nice size gecco. Are you also filling for the first time?
     
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    Yip, after a long long time :)

    The lift off time is t minus 1day and 4 hours :yeahdude:
     
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    awesome gecco. Mine will only be on Saterday or Sunday morning. Please let us know how i went with some pics. Good luck man :thumbup:
     
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    sorry saltyreef but i dont agree with that. Ive found it far preferable to add ro, then salt, have it mix with powerheads for 24 hours, test the salinity and make any adjustments that are needed and once thats all in line add the sand and then the rock.

    if you add sand to salt water the air is dispersed as the sand falls through the water collum and thats very much to your advantage.

    if you have sand in a dry tank and add water later you get lots of trapped air which is detrimental to aquatic life.

    mixing the salt in a tank of RO water is far easier than doing in in bucket too :)
     
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    Putting it that way makes absolute sense. Looks like we are all learning .....constantly.

    I personally had the rinsed sand in first and then once the salt water was added I mixed up the sand in the tank and then let it all settle before adding the Live rock
     
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    I dont have an RO unit and had to fill the tank bucket for bucket anyway
     
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    Guys will it then be okay if I add my sand, then put in my water and mix it up a bit to get all the air out or rather put in the water first
     
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