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Newbie Questions.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:46 pm
by CatWhat
I have decided to get into a salt setup but first I need to get all these "stupid questions" out of the way in a attempt to aid my research.

1) Is it possible to use natural salt water? If so how should it be prepared, such as filtering out any debris and what not.

2) When using RO/DI water, whether it be for topping off or actually making it salt water would I need to do anything else with the water or just simply add the salt?

Thanks for the help and I am sure there will be many more questions as I begin this project. As I progress I will also inform everyone what my setup consists of.

Re: Newbie Questions.

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:01 am
by CatWhat
Also:

1) Is it any benefit or difference of using either crushed coral or sand as the substrate?

2) What methods are there for culturing rock? I was thinking of going with 25% to 50% live rock and the rest uncultured.

Re: Newbie Questions.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:48 am
by ScottFish
Let's see if I can wake-up one of our SW guys; ie, let them out of their caves. @Freshwater Tropic<-- ATUB --> @J.B.<-- ATUB -->

Re: Newbie Questions.

PostPosted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:29 am
by tommy d
CatWhat wrote:I have decided to get into a salt setup but first I need to get all these "stupid questions" out of the way in a attempt to aid my research.

1) Is it possible to use natural salt water? If so how should it be prepared, such as filtering out any debris and what not.

2) When using RO/DI water, whether it be for topping off or actually making it salt water would I need to do anything else with the water or just simply add the salt?

Thanks for the help and I am sure there will be many more questions as I begin this project. As I progress I will also inform everyone what my setup consists of.


I had a saltwater setup for 5 years.
I can't answer #1, but maybe not a good idea because you don't know what other things are in the water such as sewage.
#2, you use can use R/O water to top off what water evaporated from the aquarium, not salt water as the salt doesn't evaporate out. You want to maintain the salinity where you have it set at, not increasing it.
When you make up your saltwater, do it in a separate bucket with a powerhead, mix the R/O water and salt mix and heater if applicable and let it run/mix overnight or close to a day before adding it to the tank. Check the salinity with your refractometer.

Crushed coral or sand, your choice.
The amount of live rock you add per gallon is important for the tank to maintain proper levels of ammonia, nitrates, etc. Most aquarists in agree to the ratio of 1.25 to 1.75 Pounds per Gallon of water.

Hope this helps.

Re: Newbie Questions.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 1:43 am
by CatWhat
What makes base rock.....base? From what I can find it is dead rock that is usually cheaper then live that you use to fill in the base of your live rock structure as such, correct? If so, I assume that after a while this base rock will become cultured by the live rock, is this correct?

Thanks

Re: Newbie Questions.

PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:57 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Base rock is just bare(Uncultured) rock. Basically meaning dry, bacteria free rock. I usually recommend going all Live Rock(LR) if possible. Though, I know it can be expensive. If you use base rock mixed with LR than you need to give it substantial time to seed. During this process you could see ammonia spikes. I would recommend not seeding base rock while fish are within the tank. Sorry I didn't get to you any sooner. Have you figured out what you're doing so far with the tank?