aquariumlover10

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Hey, I am wondering who else has or is planning to set up a saltwater tank? I know taylor has a mantis shrimp tank(which is awesome btw), but I haven't ever seen anyone else with one, once I move I am upgrade current tank and such, then start up a florida biotope reef tank, it will only b 10g, but I am going to get a permit to collect inverts, corals, sub, and fish, heres a link to it http://myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/recreational/aquarium-species/

Also if anyone has had a sw tank I would love to here about it too :)

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I'm definitely looking into it for shrimp.  I may start with peppermint shrimp to give me a feeling of accomplishment and move from there.  They are supposed to be pretty hardy and bred by commercial breeders.  Lifespan is 2-3 yrs.

 

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My main goal is to figure out an extremely simplistic and ubber cheap sw tank and do it.

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I'm definitely looking into it for shrimp. I may start with peppermint shrimp to give me a feeling of accomplishment and move from there. They are supposed to be pretty hardy and bred by commercial breeders. Lifespan is 2-3 yrs.

PeppermintShrimp.jpg

My main goal is to figure out an extremely simplistic and ubber cheap sw tank and do it.

soothing, if you figure out an ubber cheap sw tank lemme know lol

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http://m.instructables.com/id/Inexpensive-Locally-Based-Saltwater-Aquarium/all/

How's that for cheap? You could tweak some thing to make it better but it would end up being like 150 or so total but most thing last forever or at least a long time.

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Actually in a sw tank gravel is the worst possible thing you could ever have, it traps nitrates in it because nothing burrows in gravel, sand stuff burrows in and it is too smal to create bubbles if you press down when forist in tank or do a bb tank which is bare bottom, I personaly like sand though.

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Aragonit works :)

Maybe just getting a the package from above link without sand, you just need to tell the guy no sand when you order, also I wouldn't get the cucumber becxause once they die within a few hours I heard they release toxins that kill corals and small inverts and fish.

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Nice link... I think i could swing that set up... Honestly i could scrap my sulawesi tank and just add salt and im good to go...

 

That's what I'm saying.  I think many of us have some preconceived idea that sw is hard and expensive.  I love the variety of shrimp in the Marine life, and I really think it could be simple and "cheap."

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Mostpeople on general forums say sw I hard, which it can be, but in a nano or pico you can get the best live rock possible because you don't need a lot, same with inverts and coral you could put a 4 polyp $50 zoa in a 3g and after a month it would fill in alot of room.

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I'm planning on a SW tank. I picked up a biocube from Craigslist 6 months ago but havnt set it up yet. This thread is motivating me to get going! Reef central has a great beginner section here

http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1031074

This a great setup thread:

http://reefcentral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2075632

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Get rock from here www.tbsaltwater.com get the package for your tank size, it comes with all livestock you "NEED" butyou can add other fish, corals, and such.

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Humm, that doesn't really work, because with buying coral, macro algae, a clean up crew, or live foos you vwill get micro and larvae kitchhikers on them, also you will need to let the tank sit and add ammonia for a year for it to completly cycle and delelop coralline algae and and even a hermit crabor snail would die from no algae or anything on the rock.

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It doesnt take a year to cycle a sw nano or pico....you can dry cycle a sw in 3-4 months (all dry bacteria free rock and sand, cycle start with only a small bit of raw seafood). A live rock cycle takes 1 day to 30 days, depending on how cycled the rock is (if its from an existing established tank its like moving a sponge filter over) fresh from the ocean live rock might have a few spikes from due off on the journey.

Rock is important in sw...its your filter media in most tanks. If you aren't into hitchhiker problems use dry rock....beware itll take way longer to cycle.

And while you could just add salt to a cycled fw tank....ur bacteria will need a slow add to adjust to sw....takes longer to acclimate bacteria from fw to sw than to just cycle a sw setup

Im currently running a 72g bowfront mixed reef. Variety of inverts from moving to not, few fish

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