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    EliWhitney314 Phish Head

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    Well I wanted to do live sand, so do I have to wait until I have the water ready?
     
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    daugherty part time reefer

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    yes ir every thing in the sand will die
     
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    so I should just have no substrate until everything is in order. So I should just get the skimmer and salt for now. Then get the light, and then the sand?
     
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    this is what i would do

    salt,sand, rock, skimmer, light


    you will need a hydrometer or a refractometer to tell if you have the right salinity or not
     
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    you mean buy it in that order? I assume
    Once the salt is good, how long should I wait before I put in the live sand?

    What temp should I keep the water at? 80?
     
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    yes in that order
    with out saltwater in the tank there is no reason to buy sand or rock because it will die, than a skimmer and the last thing you need is a light but wait until you know for shure what kinds of coral you want.
     
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    Most people were saying halide because the tank was deep. I want to do hard coral, but I think I should wait until I get the hold of a marine aquarium. It seems that most of the coral I like is hard though.
     
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    are you looking at sps corals? as for lights i would get a 150mh or a 250mh and the bulbs i would get something in the 14k to 20k color temps
     
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    I have no idea what sps coral is. And I am clueless to what lights you are talking about.
     
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    That's a little out of my price range at the moment.
     
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    Try looking on craigslist and see if you can find a used one more in your price range. I find alot of things on craigslist:D
     
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    Also check some forum's classifieds that might have a regional section that would be close.
     
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    I found a 250 watt halide for 125 and it was only used for a week.

    Well I called the guy from the craigslist and told him I was interested in the light and the live sand, but I had to wait until the salt/ salinity of the tank was set. He said he would give me all the treated salt water I needed with the sand, and snails and all the other goodies? My question is, will that work? I mean if it's established water and live sand, will it be okay to put it straight into the tank?
     
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    Yeah,it'd be fine to add to your tank.But you'll probably want to have some extra water mixed up so you can finish topping off.
     
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    yote beat me to it so what he said
     
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    topping off? you mean just filling her up all the way? haha
     
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    It's about 50 minutes away from my house, what do I need to do when transporting this? Do I need to keep the water or the live sand at a certain temp.? Any tips?
     
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    Just make sure it stays wet.Not damp,but soppy wet.The temps not gonna be that critical right now.
     
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