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scrkpr
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PostPosted: 2011.05.13(Fri)9:35    Post subject: Ready to start my first SW tank Reply with quote

I've had a 180 gallon tank with stand and VHO lights sitting at my house for about 3 years now. I know everybody wishes they had that problem Smile Anyway, I want to do a SW setup and I think I've got a setup in mind that will work. Tell me if I am wrong.

1. DSB - I live near the coast in Florida and may just go get it there. I checked and found a park where it's allowed.
2. Base rock with Live rock to seed it - not too much live rock. I'm patient.
3. Protein Skimmer
4. Fish. Inverts. Sand Sifters.

Do I need a sump or will the DSB and Live Rock be sufficient filtration?
Please tell me all the beginner mistakes I am making.
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PostPosted: 2011.05.14(Sat)22:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, wow; that's a big tank for a beginner to start out with, but I would rather see you with that that than a tiny nano tank, for sure. Smile

You're on the right track with the skimmer, but I am not a fan of deep sand beds inside the display tank, because they can easily become nutrient sinks. I would typically suggest a very thin substrate in the display, and using a large sump or refugium for your DSB. In my opinion, sand beds are greatly misunderstood by most hobbyists, your diligent research will lead to success.

Also, collecting sand from a beach is not the best idea, because you will tend to get pollutants like oils and boat fuel from inshore waters, also metal and other junk in your system; I'm not saying it's a bad idea by any means
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scrkpr
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PostPosted: 2011.05.15(Sun)16:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the thoughtful reply.

I've researched the DSB and I'll consider it in the sump. I know DSB's are contentious, but I like 'em.

As for collecting sand from a beach I would only do it from a wildlife refuge/Nat'l Park. I was surprised when they OK'ed it. But honestly, the cost of live sand is not so great.

As for live rock, I'm gonna use it. I expect to have a long cycle and give the tank some TLC. People really spend all that money on live rock just to mistreat it? OMG!!! I'm new to SW tank but have been keep FW for YEARS, I can't imagine neglecting basic water chemistry and lighting.

I'll take a look at those links you left right now.
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