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 Post subject: New reefing help
PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:45 pm 
Marine Bacteria
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Hello there I'm new to reefing and the fourms (hope im posting in the right place) I need some advise I will fill you in on what's going on
So I brought 7kg of dry rock, 60l tank with hood which unfortunately has a single t8, 100w heater, and the tank comes with a 280L/h internal sponge filter, 5kg of reef sand.
Could you guys tell me what else I need to buy in order to house 2 clowns, pulsing coral, kyna tree coral, zoas, and some other softies after cycling the tank, what I need to upgrade and what test kits are nessisary
I am also trying to keep expenses around $100-$250
Help of knowledge will be much appreciated
Thanks
Kav,


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:56 am 
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Welcome to the hobby Kav,

Reefkeeping is a long and expensive hobby so be prepared to wait, and blow your budget several times over.

First thing i'd look at doing is taking off the lid from your tank, t8 lights simply wont be strong enough for coral so taking the lid off and picking up some upgraded lights are going to be a must.
With budget in mind, ebay/aliexpress/DIY LED's are going to be your friend, keep in mind you get what you pay for though.

Also throw out the sponge filter, you wont need that in a reef tank and it will become a trap for nasties... get yourself a small nano sized power-head like the Jebao SW-2 or possibly something second hand and nano suited.

Do you have a refractometer yet? if not this should be your first purchase, it is the best way to keep an eye on your salinity level and this is the most vital of all the tests you will be doing.
As for other test kits, the standard ones most people get are Nitrate, Phosphate, Calcium, Magnesium and Alkilinty...
Invest in good Quality Nitrate and Phosphate... the others are not as important right now and can wait till you have a good settled tank.

Dont bother with Ammonia or Nitrite, you are wasting your money testing these... the best thing you can do is wait.


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:06 pm 
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The reality of it is ..... $100 -250 budget is your first problem . If that's all you can afford at the moment , I personally would not start a marine aquarium . Try a budget of a $1000 to get started .
Lights , testing equipment , skimmer , wave maker , salt , filter stuff , livestock , electrical bill .


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:18 pm 
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Yea that budget I have in mind is going to probbly get destroyed in the future :doh:
So i will try to find some decent lights,powerhead and refractometer and tell you guys before I buy anything.
For the test Kits will I need to get buffers, do I need to get an Ro unit or can I just go with tap water conditioner.Skimmer?
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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:14 pm 
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Forgot about the RO unit . A must , if you want to avoid bad algae problems .


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:15 pm 
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As for lighting Do you think a 36w full spectrum Par38 would suite for softies and maby lowlight LPS


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 9:18 pm 
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What do you think is the best way to cycle a tank do I need to add a biological supplement since I'm not using live rock or sand?
Sorry about all the questions :D


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:23 pm 
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You can chuck a a small muscle in . This will break down and cause ammonia , that will start the cycle. Takes about 8 weeks to cycle fully . The Par38 should work . Not sure on the spread of those bulbs . Check AliExpress for led units that might suite , or fishstreet .


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:38 pm 
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Thanks Brendon a shrimp should work as well aye but how long do I leave it in the tank and with the lighting I've decided to do some diy and make some 3w led actinic lights


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:22 pm 
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Piece of shrimp will work . It should dissolve over time as the bacteria population grows .


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:33 pm 
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Where are you located?


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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:15 am 
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Hamilton Fairview downs.. Why
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 Post subject: Re: New reefing help
PostPosted: Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:18 am 
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Hahahah lol months ago when I started my tank "Keep expenses around" $125 LOL


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