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  1. ravi

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    hi all. i have a 4ft tank thats now ready for water but i dont know what to use. i live in durbs so NSW isnt difficult to obtain and its much cheaper too but how much must i get. my tank is 1200*500*500. pls help
     
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    Mekaeel Moderator MASA Contributor

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    You total water volume will be 300 liters Ravi! I suggest using NSW if back ache isnt too much of an issue. I use NSW and im very pleased with the results. Just make sure to collect on an incoming tide where there are not many bathers and sewer/storm water outlets.
     
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    NSW is definately a much cheaper alternative, especially when you fill up your tank for the first time. Using the recommended weekly 10% water change might cost you more if you plan on still using NSW compared to synthetic if you are a distance from the ocean. I would fill up the tank with NSW prefably collected in a less urban area i.e north coast and do a slightly larger NSW water chance (60l) every two weeks then I could be worth your while:)
     
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    Natural Sea Water gets my vote. Been using it since I started and I have no complaints.
     
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    do i just add the water to the tank and let it cycle??? Must i add anything to the water?
     
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    i have read the setup links but i am still worried about the initial startup. all i have in my sump is the skimmer and return pump. i will be adding bio balls and wool in my overflow and sea sand in my sump. Am i on the right track??
     
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    Heater?

    Bioballs can be a bit of a nitrate trap... Please expand on your total design - what are you doing with the sump? Or did i miss a prior thread?
     
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    I would fly the bio balls and wool leave the biological filtration to your live rock and put in a Deep Sand Bed in your sump. I would use a silica sand like Reggies Play sand for that. Yip dont forget a heater. No problem with NSW.
    How much live rock are you going to use?
     
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    if i remove the bio balls and use the DSB in my sump then what should i use in my overflow box? i have two heaters, a skimmer and return pump in my sump. dont have any live rock yet as the budget is blown. is there an alternative to the live rock?? can anyone donate me some? Thanx for all the help so far guys....
     
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    Dont put anything in the overflow Ravi.
    As for live rock, IMO it is the heart of the biological filtration of any tank. It is not something you can ignore.
     
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    hey dane. i have a 1200*500*500 tank of 10mm glass with a sump that has 3 sections. Got a skimmer, 2 heaters and a return pump in my sump. No substrate or live rock yet as a havent filled the tank.
     
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    ok will leave the overflow box empty.. can i use play sand for both tank substrate and DSB??
     
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    BTW mekaeel.. i see that you in durbs.. can i perhaps visit to get a better idea from your setup. i have kept only freashwater for many years and this is my first marine so i want to do things right. i dont rely on lfs for advice as i know its all about the money with those guys. Thanx for the help so far.
     
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    For the DSB, I would go for Play sand as it is very fine. But for the DT I would go for some thing more coarse, some thing that will not be blown with the power heads. Some form Aragonite perhaps.
     
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    i have some aragonite from my freshwater tank. its a bit rough. just a dumb question... can normal freshwater gravel be used in a marine tank?
     
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    If it’s not too difficult then use natural sea water , you would get the added benefit of mature and bacteria full water , when i setup my tank i went this route as i need 1500 litres thanks to help from lighty andreas and mek


    ravi its better to ask , i would use play sand as its cheap and easily available
     
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    thanks preshan.. where can i get cheap rock. i am building a fish only tank and may convert to live rock later so i just need rock for aquascaping... btw let me know if i can come check out your masterpiece..
     
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