1st Saltwater Tank - Page 3

  • Thread Starter

aquanerd13

Member
perfect, thank you so much. Anything I else I need to know/buy?
 
  • Moderator

stella1979

Moderator
Member
aquanerd13 said:
perfect, thank you so much. Anything I else I need to know/buy?
There is so much to know/learn... always, because the hobby is constantly evolving and there are so, SO many aspects to it. I'm not great with expanding on general questions so I highly suggest reading these.
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfi...uarium-part-1-where-to-start-research.118422/
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfi...ing-nature-home-researching-equipment.119039/
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfi...ng-setting-up-and-running-your-system.120421/
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfi...et-nano-saltwater-guide-for-beginners.327674/

Then, return here with more specific questions.

There is no doubt that anemones can hurt/harass/kill 'things' but really, this isn't the first thing most of us would say about them because the simple fact is... much more often they are a pleasure to keep, and when done right, are not the huge danger this trait makes them seem to be. Quite honestly, ALL of our critters are predators of some sort or another or how would they survive? Personally, I've got warfare going on between several corals. For example, Leptastrea is getting to my Birdsnest and Trumpets can sting my Monti... but it is up to me, the aquarist, to intervene when and if the danger is too great. The difference is, anemones can move, but they aren't generally Speedy Gonzalez, so even in these cases, we may do what we can to protect a tank. Such as, lowering the flow and sticking the 'unstuck' anemone into a nice crevice where other corals might be safe, and with knowledge backing us up, we can make the educated guess that the nem might like the lighting and flow in that area and what nem doesn't like a nice crevice in which to secure his mighty foot? Hopefully, this post will change the feeling of dread some may have about nems but... I found it. If anyone wants to see a GORGEOUS reef tank with healthy corals and BEAUTIFUL RBTA's (rose bubble tip nems), well, allow me to take you to our leader. Here's Mike 's prime example of a reef tank.
https://www.fishlore.com/aquariumfishforum/media/albums/august-2013-corals.5144/
 

Jesterrace

Member
Tony_097 said:
Petco has tanks that are perfect for sumps if you are still using a 55 I would personally use a sump of 20 long or 30 long. As for overflows you can use a hob overflow but it can be a gamble so it would be more convenient to drill the tank
Provided the glass isn't tempered of course.
 

nikm128

Member
Jesterrace said:
Provided the glass isn't tempered of course.
Petco sells Aqueon, Aqueon sells tempered glass tanks. Therefore, Petco tanks are tempered glass. Why is tempered glass bad though?
 

Jesterrace

Member
Drill tempered glass and you get a shattered tank.
 
  • Thread Starter

aquanerd13

Member
I definitely want a reef tank. After seeing those pictures, I was like 'and why am I not doing this?'
Where could I get a pre-drilled tank? Is craigslist a good option?
 

Jesterrace

Member
aquanerd13 said:
I definitely want a reef tank. After seeing those pictures, I was like 'and why am I not doing this?'
Where could I get a pre-drilled tank? Is craigslist a good option?
Either Craigslist or see if your LFS deals with used setups. A used reef ready setup would save you lots of money (I went this route with my 90 gallon, my LFS found the setup for me). Be sure to check for scratches and leaks though. You don't want a tank that looks like this:

 
  • Thread Starter

aquanerd13

Member
Never mind, I want a FOWLR. Sorry.

Do I need live rock and live sand, or could I just have live rock and regular sand?
 

Tony_097

Member
aquanerd13 said:
Do I need live rock and live sand, or could I just have live rock and regular sand?
Most people start of with dry reef rock and sand but it is acceptable to use live rock if you take the proper precautions but I recommend going with dry rock since it really is the safest way for a beginner to start a tank.
 
  • Thread Starter

aquanerd13

Member

Tony_097

Member
aquanerd13 said:
Perfect! Thank you! Would pool filter sand work?
I would avoid using it and you’ll just end up creating a sand storm there may be other issues with using it by I have no clue. Here’s a good guide to help you decided on the best grain size of sand for you
 
  • Thread Starter

aquanerd13

Member
Which one is better? Crushed coral is cheaper and stays put better, but the sand looks better. I am leaning towards sand.
 

nikm128

Member
aquanerd13 said:
Which one is better? Crushed coral is cheaper and stays put better, but the sand looks better. I am leaning towards sand.
Don't use crushed coral as substrate! I went down that road on accident and it is a disaster.
 
  • Thread Starter

aquanerd13

Member
Ok, thank you. Sand it is then.

How is this stuff?
 

AJE

Member
I know nothing about saltwater but can’t wait to see how it turns out
 

Tony_097

Member
It seems like it’s fine sand you may want something that looks like sand but won’t blow around as easy the aragonite is a bigger grain size which is good if you want to a move towards an sps dominant tank later on
 

nikm128

Member
aquanerd13 said:
Ok, thank you. Sand it is then.

How is this stuff?
It's good, but I prefer live sand. So I personally would go with the first or third link Tony_097 provided, but since you're on a budget I see no problem with plain sand and letting it become live.
 

Jesterrace

Member
Live Sand's bacterial benefits are marginal. I prefer Live Sand for the perfect mix of substrate than anything else. It's just a good mix for a wide range of fish.
 
Top Bottom