Newbie to Salt...

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  1. Slagter

    Slagter MASA Contributor

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    Hey guys...

    Some of you may know me from the freshwater forums, but it looks like I am set to convert... I have a 4ft planted tank in my lounge that had to be taken apart yesterday due to a reverse siphon, so now I'm thinking of converting.

    Need some advice on what to do and how to do it properly the first time.

    Thanks

    Sean
     
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  4. IMarine

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    Welcome Slagter ,what you need is a sump uplift pump,skimmer,wave pumps to move your water as i need specs to work out correctly on your size of tank,aragonite for sand bed in your tank aswell as sump,salt,ro water with a tds not higher then 10,live rock the best you can get as fiji, prime and stabality from seachem,reefbuilder for kh ,reef buffer for ph,reefadvantage calcium for calcium and test kits as ammonia,nitrite,nitrate,kh,ph,cal,and a refactrometer to check salanity
    yere goes ph of 8,2-8,4 , kh of 8-10, cal 400-450,sal 1024-1026,
    when you set up your tank fill your sand no deeper in your display tank then 3-5cm add your rock and lots of, add your ro water and salt till you get sal of 1024-1026 switch all pumps on and let mix for 24 hours then add your skimmer and prime and stabality and leave light off for a month,in this time all paramaters would off settled in as amm 0 nitrite 0 nitrate 0 or 5ppm is ok for the start,what you should do in between every week a small water change of 25 lts with mixed water that you will mix over 48 hours to correct sall and plsssss do not use tap water as its got a lot of shit in,in last opt for t5 lights as 50watts or 80 watts just depends on size of your tank
    all the best and do not rush
     
  5. Slagter

    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks for the welcomes!!

    Wow, Imarine... That is quite the welcome post! But that was everything I was looking for! Thanks very much. I have a standard 4ft with an 80l sump. I have just over 200 watts of T5 lighting. (the tank is a planted tank) Strangely enough, I picked up a bag of aragonite on monday. I am getting another bag for my tanganyikan tanks this weekend...

    Been looking for Fiji Live Rock. I don't think I'd want anything else.

    Basically, I do have quite a bit to get before setting this guy up... I am so stoked. I also have 2 x 150watt MH lights just hanging around in another tank. So I have that as well...

    I t seems that the major things are here already... Just need a skimmer and some Live rock and I'll be sorted for now.

    Brilliant.

    Now what are the things to look out for, for future expansion or for future planning? What about SPS corals and that type of thing?
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    Welcome sean, Enjoy the forum !
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks Chris... This is going to be expensive. LOL!
     
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    One more thing you will need is flow pums, like imarine said. You wil be looking for +/- 30x tank volume turn over in your display. Think most will agree that the seio range is the best value for money when starting up
     
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    hello and welcome to the fun side of fish keeping :)
     
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    Welcome,
    Expensive.... YES. But worth it.
     
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    YO bra good value for money is the reefocto range ts2 and a perfect insump skimmer or ati bubble master 160 or 200 ,deltec,bubble magus etc
     
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    Welcome to MASA…...:thumbup:
     
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    :welcometomasa2: to MASA sean. good to see your joining the us here. cant wait to see what you can come up with im sure you'll put together an awsome tank.:yeahdude:
    And if you have any questions ask the guys here no matter how small you thing the issue is. Just Rember one thing.... we love pictures of what your doing:thumbup:!!!!
     
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    A very WARM WELCOME to MASA, Slagter! Great to have you on-board!
     
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    Slagter Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Thanks a bunch guys... I appreciate the welcome.

    So... What first. I found a TS1 Reef octo for R900. Getting some base rock this weekend and then going to get some fiji Live Rock in a bit.

    I have a fish room full of tanks to start cleaning out soon.

    What else does one need? I have Aragamax. Sugar fine for the DSB and I'm getting some more for the display as well... What else?
     
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    Singularity Hmmm amper!

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    The flow pumps for the display tank, look at seio props
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    Welcome to MASA !
     
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    Welcome to MASA!!
     
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    Why thank you!!

    Damn, there is an incredible amount of extra stuff involved with Marines. Corals, fish, pumps, skimmers, controllers. You can almost fully automate your tank... It's fantastic.

    I'm going to start a new setup thread soon... I can't wait to start this project, but I'm going to take my time and ask for lots of advice... You guys might start getting annoyed with me.
     
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    Welcome...
     
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    This is one of the best introductions I have heard on this site. With an attitude like this Slagter, you will make a success:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    By the way, welcome:biggrin:
     
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