Discussion in 'Lounge' started by nanoreefing4fun, Jul 12, 2010.
welcome to the hobby and the forums!
Spilled salt glad to have you on the boards. It is great to see how you are going about adding animals to your tank as you learn. The animals that you list are great for beginners, so many people just start adding stuff. It sounds like you ate well on your way to having a great tank. Please start a thread in the tanks forumn so that we can see it progress.
Hi all, just getting going with my new RSM 250.Â Â Already have several pets that came with my live rock.Â Glad I found this local reefing club.Â Go Hogs!Â Â Â
Can't help but get a cheer for that Welcome to the forums!
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My name is Nick and my wife recently made the mistake of telling me I can start a saltwater tank. As of now we have a 2gal beta bowl, 29gal frog setup, 46 gal freshwater community, 2 ducks and 3 dogs. So since her mistake I have been reading and reading and reading and have decided to start a little reef right in the living room. A few days ago I found a 75gal with stand, t-5 lights, protein skimmer, pumps, heater, refugium, and overflow. I wanted a bigger refugium and built one out of a 29gl tank (the silicone is still curing) and started plumbing the overflow and return line. I have almost decided on a RO/DI filter and figure I will have Saltwater in the tank in a couple of weeks. Now the wife has realized her mistake and put the brakes on my spending so I donâ€™t know when I will be able to get some live rock. Thatâ€™s OK because I have plenty of stuff to work on for now. The guy I bought my tank from suggested I join this club so here I am. Speaking of live rock, I need to find some for cheap since I now have to use my allowance (which isnâ€™t much), apparently permission to start the tank doesnâ€™t mean funding for the tank. LOL
Well Nick, welcome to my addiction. I know you will enjoy your tank and it seems you have some experience with the aquarium hobby. The big difference between fresh and salt is the equipment and availability of livestock. Sounds like you have the basic equipment to get started, just remember GO SLOW nothing good goes fast in a reef tank. I encourage you to attend the next meeting at the Fish Bowl in Searcy in a couple weeks where we will have a workshop on coral fragging. Again welcome and don't hesitate to contact me (Norman-501-329-6964) or any other member of the club. We will try to answer any questions you have or just talk saltwater. Keep up the posts on the forum and start a tank build thread if you wish.
How kid friendly will this meeting be? As in five years old and wants to touch everything. He helped me glue some PVC together yesterday and has been telling everyone that he is getting a Nemo "but it will be a long time because saltwater takes longer" he says. I guess he does listen when it sparks his interest. He loves the freshwater tank and has named most of the fish, I just hope I can get him a Nemo before he is off to college. LOL I have read a lot of options for starting or cycling a tank and have decided on a method that involves lots of time and as he calls it "climbing the biological ladder". I like this method because it seems to give me some practice maintaining my tank before I put anything major in it. It also seemed to make lots of sense. It goes like this; dead sand and ammonia source (cycle), live sand and live rock (cycle plus algae bloom), cleanup crew (cycle and control algae), corals over a period of months, and then start fish at the end. The process is said to take around a year and my dad (starting one of his own) thinks it is unnecessary. Do you think Iâ€™m wasting my time? Or will this give me a higher chance of success?
There is slow and then there's SLOW ! I believe in a natural cycle, but a year is unnecessary. The cycle should take somewhere in the range of 90 days give or take depending on the method. As you have read, there are as many methods as there are reef tanks. If you start with new sand (dead), base rock (dead), and several pieces of live rock (from an established tank or rock vat) you should be able to add a couple pieces of raw shrimp and be good to go in a short time.
Hi, just though I would introduce myself. My name is Eric; just getting back into the hobby after being out for about 7 or 8 years. A lot has changed in that amount of time. Internet has a wealth of information. I have a JBJ 28 gallon with the professional LED lights that has been up for about 4 months. Love the idea of LED’s my old tanks had MH that were very expensive to maintain. I have a few frags, 2 ocellaris clowns, mandarin, pistol shrimp and goby. Hope to make it to the November meeting and meet everyone.
Hi, welcome to the club! Look forward to meeting you in November.
Welcome! Great to have you!
Welcome, If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call or post in the forums. Look forward to meeting you at the meeting.
Hi everyone, my name is Chuck. I was on here awhile back when first starting out. Even had one of the members build the stand for my 100g. I live in Van Buren and am a member of the NWA club- In2Deep. My tank has came a long ways since I was on here last.
I currently have -
100g display tank
numerous corals and fish
Here is some pics from the start - present
Started with this...
The stand being built( someone might recognize this, built by a member here)
And Welcome....I LOVE that stand!!! That is a way kewl piece of furniture. You're tank looks great too! Some beautiful mature colonies there.
Great looking tank & stand!
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That is a beautiful set up! Well done.
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