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    Hey guys. Brand new to the salt world. I've had planted tanks for a while. I got a steal on a small setup from a member on SCAPE. It's pretty bare right now but I figured I'd take it slow.

    Advice, comments, critiques?


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    Do you own a test kit yet? and Welcome!
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    What up chris! Welcome to my moonlight! ;-)

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    Nice scape


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    I like it, and....
    240 Gal SPS dominated. Just over 3 years old, but working on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoarder View Post
    Do you own a test kit yet? and Welcome!
    No test kit yet. Any recommendations on which one to start with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    What up chris! Welcome to my moonlight! ;-)
    Hey Nick!

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    I like it, and....
    Thanks guys. I literally threw all the rock together real quick so that I'd be done setting this thing up by the time my wife got home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrispena33 View Post
    No test kit yet. Any recommendations on which one to start with?
    Red Sea, and Salifert. Both are good IMO


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanwerx View Post
    Red Sea, and Salifert. Both are good IMO


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    Agree


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    I personally recommend this :

    Seachem MultiTest Marine Basic Test Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EUE8EY..._2lxrzbRJV1H1E

    I prefer this tank for nitrogen related inspection (ammonia, nitrate, nitrite).

    Get everything in check via nitrogen, and after your tank is cycled, start focusing on alkalinity. This seachem test kit will get you into the ballpark.

    And then once that is in range, bump up to the red sea foundation.

    Red Sea Reef Foundation Test Kit - Calcium, Alkalinity & Magnesium https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004FUJ5NE..._qoxrzbDJ28MSP

    This will get you much closer to the ranges you need.

    No one ever makes a good alkalinity test using visual reagents, so...

    Once you have those dialed in, purchase a hanna alkalinity checker for $50.

    This will be an expense spanning about 3 months, about $130 in all, but they are all very handy to get you to the point of dialed in water parameters.



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    Thanks for all the suggestions!

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    I was finally able to get this guy to stay in one spot. It's been kinda hard. It kept floating around and I even found it in my overflow at one point.

    Anybody else experience anything like this before?


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    Quote Originally Posted by chrispena33 View Post
    I was finally able to get this guy to stay in one spot. It's been kinda hard. It kept floating around and I even found it in my overflow at one point.

    Anybody else experience anything like this before?

    Is this a new tank!!
    How long it's been set up ?
    Def a anemone is not a good starter coral some anemones are really sensitive to any changes on the quemestry of the water
    Leave along it will stop moving ones it find a good spot if you keep forcing it to stay on a spot that you want that may create more stress to it !
    Patient is the key for the hobby !

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    Can someone help me ID these critters?


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    ^
    those are pods (type of amphipods) good for the tank and needed.

    Once you start to get algae, make sure you get some clean up crew (different snails and not too many hermit crabs)
    ..also super glue gel is your best friend... to attach corals to rock or frag plug

 

 

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