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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Anonymous, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Anonymous

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    Hi. I am very new to this. I am setting up my first salt water aquarium, 30 gallons this upcoming weekend if all goes well. After some research I have decided I would like to start a reef aquarium. I think they are absolutely amazing. I have had some life changes that have been beyond my control and decided I wanted something new and fun to do, where I could see the fruits of my labor.. or that lack of as well. I enjoy the research and education process as well as the actual final product.. so this has been very fun for me despite I dont have things up and running yet.. I have lots of patience which I understand is a plus here. I look forward to meeting people and gaining knowledge as well.
    Thanks... Scarlet
     
  2. Anthony

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    Welcome to the forum Scarlet.
     
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    Welcome to The Exotic Fish Forum Scarlet!

    :D Please make yourself feel right at home sharing and learning with the rest of us, we're definitely a friendly bunch!

    :confused: If you’re having trouble finding something or need help you can contact myself (MOD_Dawn), Anthony or Jake through pm and we'll gladly help you ;)

    :D Also, if/when you get a chance be sure to post some photos/videos of your setup/setups.

    -> The following link will lead you directly to our photo/video section Aquarium Photos - Show off your Tank Forum
     
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    Welcome to the forum, hope we can be of some help
     
  9. California Cowgirl

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    Welcome! YAYY for reef aquarium! :D
     
  10. Anonymous

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    Thanks,
    I actually was reading thru your acquisition of your aquarium and the process of getting it going.. I am really excited about getting mine together and going.. We are remodelling an old home and trying to get moved... I was so hopeful we would be moved so I could get mine set up sunday. Keep your fingers crossed for me. After reading about Anthony's loss I am getting nervous about a reef... but I want one terribly... so I guess I will take the plunge!! Ihave been readding up on lighting and am going to get a t5 with moonlighting and now am trying to decide on a pump/filtration system.. There is one already but I dont know what kind and have been to busy remodelling, packing and trying to recoup from surgery last week to ask..
    I am also considerng what kind of backing i want behind my set up although I have a great idea... just need the time to put it together..Next week.. or the next...
     
  11. MOD_Dawn

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    scarletgal, I'd suggest black background (hides equipment well) and really makes the gorgeous colors of the saltys pop!

    Filtration depend on tank size, but rena Filstar lines are great!

    If you go with a rena you can do an inline HYDOR heater....Always a good thing to keep as much as possible out of the tank when and IF you can!
     
  12. California Cowgirl

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    Awesome! i was hoping someone else would benefet from the ohh so many questions i have asked regard SW setups. Yea i am worried about the possible loss like Anthony's as well. T5's seem good, i don't have my light yet, but i plan to get one while my tank cycles *i hope to get the lr, sand and h20 next weekend. I was originally wanting metal halide lighting but those are just so expensive, and a chiller would deffienentley be needed, so that nixed that idea. Just make sure you don't skimp out on the protein skimmer and lighting, you really get what you pay for in this hobby. Such as if you went with the lower price brands, they would cause a lot of problems and possible fires would start. And make sure you also get a REALLY good protein skimmer as well, the more overkill the better. The one i will be getting i think is only rated for a 60 gallon, but i figure it will be fine since i will be running the emperor 400 as well. For backing i used window tint, but a lot of people paint their tank and use other methods, for me i prefer the black backgrounds on tanks rather than the blue, which i feel the blue takes away from the setup. I haven't even started building my tank yet but i'm already addicted, get prepared for it and bring your checkbook :D

    Hope you recover well from your surgery :D
     
  13. Anonymous

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    I was actually thinking of using a 10 gallon aquarium as a sump? belown my 30 gallon... wouldnt that work? I am trying to research all... but timing for research is crappy as noted above..I saw some pics of someone here, cant remember who, that used an aquarium as a sump...Would love to hear pros and cons...
    Scarlet
     
  14. California Cowgirl

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    wish i could do a sump! sounds a lot easier to do but my tank wouldn't be able to have one, but oh well :)
     
  15. MOD_Dawn

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    You can use a 10g for it, I came across this photo showing a 10g being used as one.
    10g sump.jpg
     
  16. Anonymous

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    Very cool. Do I have to purchase a specific grade of pvc? or can I get the regular plumbing pipes and fittings from Lowes?Then I have to figre out how to attach all the rest....lol. but I like pictures and diagrams... those I can work with..
     
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    What I know of pvc is .... use white pvc.....The white is used in homes for supply lines, and the black is used for drain and sewer. Black can leach.....white is safe for drinking water, therefore safe for fish.
     
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    Either will work, I've used both black and white in my tanks for "tubes" to hide out in and I've never experienced any negatives.
    Although if using in a sump the white you could mark what it leads to with perm. marker which may be a plus when your running tube work :)
     
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