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  1. riyadh

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    so as we speak our tank is being filled. I know it needs to cycle, plus there are alot of stuff we still need. What should i do next?
    Get a test kit
    Get liverock
    Get sand
     
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  3. Wes

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    when you stay the tank is up and running or filling, what's in it? Just the Marine Salt and RO?

    How i've done it in the past is:

    1 - Sand
    2 - Live Rock on Sand
    3 - Salt Water: Premixed RO and Marine Salt
    4 - Cycle
    4 - Cycle
    5 - Test
    6 - Test
    7 - Add Fishies
    8 - Add Coral
     
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    All of the above.:tt2:

    Maybe get some special blend to help with the cycle but let it cycle for a couple of weeks.
     
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    It is just the saltwater filling up slowly. I plan on cycling the tank for a while. I want to add the liverock first, but not sure if i should, or is it critical that the water parameters are correct for the rock as well. Bear in mind that this process is gonna be a very long and slow one for us, as we want everything to thrive from the word go.
    Marines are new for me, but ihave been breeding and keeping fish for manynyears
     
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    At least you taking it nice & slow. You can add the LR & sand now. Do yourself a favor & search the forum for info & if you have questions ask away, we are here to help.
     
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    Cool, i have checked some stuff on the forum, but i am a more hands on type. Hence i will ask when i need to or unsure:thumbup:
     
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    It's best to add all your live rock right at the beginning - your tank won't cycle (properly) with just substrate, and later when you add the live rock it will cycle again anyway.

    As long as your salinity is correct the any life on the live rock will be fine. If you are going to take it very slow (which is the best) you'll have the opportunity to view the algae cycle without worrying about it effects on livestock (or aesthetics).
     
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    Cool, gonna some rock the weekend
     
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    I would put the rock in before the substrate/sand. If you lay the rock on top of the sand and even if you wiggle it into the sand the possibility is still there that one of your future fish will dig around the rock and destabilize your whole scape with glass breaking consequences. Unless you are going to glue/cement the whole lot together.

    Also do your scaping outside your tank, decide what you like and then reproduce it in your tank. Scaping from scratch inside a full tank can cause prune fingers, glass scratches and general unhappiness.
     
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    Yes this is true about putting the rock in first before the substrate. Do u guys use styrofoam like in freswater aquariums for the rocks to rest on and then add the substrate after?
     
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    Where can egg crate be bought? And rough price?
     
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    You are at the point now where I would usually just sit down and have a beer, or other, while the tank fills :tt2:
     
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    I dont drink, but i am visualising the tank :p
     
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    Styrofoam can potentially be dissolved by sodium chloride-salt, so as was typed ,use egg crate and never just trust all plastics, salt water is completely different to freshwater actions upon materials of many types.
    When you cycle a marine aquarium you have to have all media in and where you want it. To move bio media later on will destabilise your PH,a little or a lot.
    Media is base rock, live rock, rubble, shells,sand and even filter wool or sponge ,anything that is not alive left in your waters for more then 5 days become bio active.
     
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    Interesting;)
     
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    Didnt know that about the styrofoam thanks. To do a complete cycle one should have all the bits and pieces in absolutely.
     
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    I didn’t know it either, I found it out the hard way from loss of life as i found the amount I had in the sump had almost completely disappeared after couple of years.
    I spoke to a professional in their field back when plastics, Styrofoam and nylon products were made in the suburb that was once an industrial area called fortitude valley, near the city, it’s a night club-trendy area these days.
    He and a gas has expert helped me heaps back in the eighties, both from the valley commercial areas back then.
     
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    It's not the salt, it's the organics in the water that attack the polystyrene.
     
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