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  1. Sentari

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    Hi All

    I was just wondering what the easiest way for me to begin my setup after getting all the bells and whistles together. As you all know that reefing is an expensive hobby which needs patience and sometimes its a good thing not to have too much money as it helps.

    I would like to start with the following in order and was wondering if someone could comment on doing this. I would like to fill my tank in the following steps.

    1. RO Water till the tank is full
    2. Substrate - Aragonite ( The reason i dont want to put the sand down is i dont want things to get stuck in the sand. )
    3. Heat the water up
    4. Start the return pumps
    5. Once the water is at the right tempreature then i would start adding salt to get my SG correct.

    I will leave this to run until the next month when i get paid.

    6. I will then purchase some liverock and contunue with everything else a cycle need.
    7. Skimmer on ( should this be on all the time with the cycle )

    Your comments would be welcome!!!
     
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  3. Tony

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    Sounds perfect, just wash the sand like crazy otherwise it will cloud your water. You can add your salt as soon as it's full and then make changes to the SG once warm. You can then add your live rock turn the skimmer on and let rip. Start from the beginning with phosphate removers to keep your system clean from the onset.
     
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    Thank Tony but do you realise that i will be leaving the tank for a month with just water and sand. I just wanted to clarify if this is okay.

    Also when you talk about phosphate removers what do you mean? chemicals?
     
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    It should be OK like a freshwater tank and you will have to top up for the evaporation. The phosphate removers I'm talking about are the ferric or aluminium oxide based removers like Rowaphos, Phosban etc.

    Why will you be leaving it without the salt for a month?
     
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    no i'll put salt in with the sand. Money is scarce at this moment so LR will be added next month.
     
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    That's fine. You can add the liverock in later. Let the skimmer run even without the liverock in;)
     
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    Sounds good. I agree with Andreas, let the skimmer run, it will give it time to break in and will not hurt any....
     
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    Awesome thanks gents!
     
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    thats fine, but chat to a friendly local reefer and ask them for a cup of their sand bed so you can seed yours and let it mature for the time it takes u to get the LR in.
     
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    I think i'll buy one rock this month and 20 - 30 kg's next month. Thanks Crispin!
     
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    Hi Sentari,

    Sounds good to me! Just remember if you are gonna have a sump with a DSB that you stir the DSB well after you add the salt and get the Salinity right. Otherwise the bottom of the DSB is fresh ro water which will make the earobic and anerobic bacteria bacteria not function! Guru's please correct me if I am wrong!
     
  13. Tony

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    What you could do is add a tablespoon of flake food to kick start the cycle without LR. You will still have to cycle the tank once the rock has been added but it won't be as long. You can also add Seachem Stability which will boost the biological filter. You can go that month without lights as you are on a budget.
     
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    I was not keen on putting the lights on incase the algae grows out of control without having critters to clean up
     
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    All looks cool in your tank profile. Add the flaked food
     
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    Sentari it is not easy to do what you want to on a budget...
     
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