Saltwater Questions Answered: 0 Useful People who Helped: 1 Ok, so my 55g was a freshwater, and still is a freshwater on its final stages. I had around 30 fish in it before a parasite came in and now I am down to around 4 fish all of them exhibiting the final stages of the parasite while my other fish had before they died and I still can't get a solid diagnosis so I'm assuming there going to pass on. Throughout the post my questions will be indented with a (^). If what I think is going to happen occurs, then I will now have an empty 55g with a deadly parasite. I am planning on removing 1g of water adding 1g of chlorine and turning on my filter (with no bags in it) to cycle the water and kill literally everything in the tank bacteria and all. I will then do a basically 100% water change and soak my decorations/gravel in chlorine before boiling them. After that I will dry everything off and rinse it in water, soak them in water and add some regular fish dechlorinator to try remove the chlorine. Next I will remove everything from the soak and rinse them in warm water (~110 degrees). Lastly I will put everything back in my tank and add 55g of water (it would of been empty for this time) so that my tank will be there. ^what do you think of this cleaning process? I will cycle it using a method I found out upon (tell me what you think) where you put a few uncooked shrimps in it and let them rot releasing ammonia allowing bacteria to grow. ^do you think it will work? better methods? Now on to the tank. I'm not going to consider fish now, because knowing what fish I want will make me want to buy them and I'm not going to make the mistake of talking myself into getting fish before cycling because I'm so excited. ^do you think after I cycle with shrimp or other method, if I should still add tetra safe start? Now, I am planning on doing a saltwater tank with live rock and I may not even use my filter depending on how things go. ^how much live rock per gallon, I was thinking of ordering 90 pounds for the tank, is this good? ^how much salt do I need per gallon of water? ^I heard you need a special process of making water, how does this work, I don't want to purchase water from a store. ^Do I need special lighting? Also, I'm not going to make the mistake of no quarantine tank again. I am planning on setting up a 10g quarantine if everything works out well cycling same method, using live rock ect. Any suggestions. ^Do I need a current creator ect? ^What temperature should it be? ^What test kits should I need? Now for decorations. I couldn't really find any saltwater plants so I guess fake ones, or none must do. I was planning on using gravel but I heard live sand is recommended ^should I get sand? ^How deep should sand be? ^should I get live sand? Thanks for all the advice, and let me know if I need anything else!