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    thanks for the tips, im very new to this and this helps

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    Do an intro about your tank with pics if you can upload through tapatalk or photobucket. Welcome.

    Don't just take fish from your friends tank cause they look so
    Cute, they will eat coral. Research ftmfw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by h2anzel View Post
    thanks for the tips, im very new to this and this helps
    welcome! good luck with your reefing, hopefully you have a good mentor! lol

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    Don't use biopellets without having a reactor made for pellets with a recirculating valve and adjustable output valve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reef Bullet View Post
    Don't use biopellets without having a reactor made for pellets with a recirculating valve and adjustable output valve.
    I was also told that it's a really good idea to have an adjustable output valve on the pellet reactor. Ill never try it again, ever. Not the fastest way I've lost 4k but one of the most memorable.

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    Don't dose anything that you are not testing for.

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    what happened to your tank that you lose out on 4k?

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    A great summary to help me get started. I have got a lot of experience with freshwater, but I'm very intimidated by saltwater tanks. Got one for the fiancee and before even thinking about setting anything up I've done probably over 30 hours of research and still am not confident yet. This simple list has really helped me out.

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    If I could summarize SW tanks in a few words I would say "constant balance." Once that is achieved the care for your tank becomes pretty easy.

    The process of cycling a tank is a lot easier/faster now because of products that have bacteria in a bottle. Once you understand the import and export part of feeding and the consumption rate of alkalinity, calcium and magnesium, you will be a pro of your individual tank. Salinity will be steady as long as you purchase a "higher" quality Auto top off/osomolator.

    For anyone starting the hobby and plans on keeping coral Bulk Reef Supply for supplements is a fair company to buy from. And their reef calculators can be super useful in pinches. I don't care for Kent, brightwell, and any others I did not mention. They have semi complicated instructions that most Newbs can skew their results by miscalculations.

    Going back the things I would have liked to change in my first purchases.

    1) wish I would have gone to stores like SPS store and seen high end tanks and how to make them look clean with out pumps and overflows obstructing ones view.

    2) wish I would have gone to more stores and looked at various styles of set ups to emulate what I wanted and what I didn't want.

    3) Take advice with a grain of reef salt. Unless his tanks look like TOTM he can suck it.

    4) most important "DONT IMPULSE BUY!" Don't buy on the spot. Research a lot and understand your purchases. Impulse buying can and will cost you more money sometimes wiping out everything you have bought.

    5) get to know your lfs owners. What they eat, what type of lettuce they smoke, which hand they slap the banana with. Jk just make sure they aren't Charlatan's, which 80% are. Trust me we all have been duped, but keeping it to controllable damage control is best.

    I don't have anything else besides welcome to the most addictive hobby besides punana.

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    For someone just starting out the learning curve is pretty steep. Here's a simple book that is inexpensive and covers the basics very well. It's starting to get a little dated but still full of good info nonetheless, especially about system setup, location, etc....the basics. I found it invaluable when just starting out.
    $14 at Amazon - THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO MINI-REEF AQUARIUMS by Jeffery Kurtz: http://www.amazon.com/The-Simple-Gui...mini+reef+tank


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    Default Greetings, do you want a girl ?

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    Very helpful and informative. Brand new at this and just trying to absorb it all

 

 
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