How NOT to set up your first reef tank.

Discussion in 'New To The Hobby' started by GeejEx, Mar 27, 2008.

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  1. Iraf

    Iraf Snowflake Eel

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    Great reply and very true.
     
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  3. salty

    salty Plankton

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    wow! Thanks for the info im just starting to understand what i wil be going thru to set my tank up this helps tons.
     
  4. Triplemom

    Triplemom Pajama Cardinal

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    Thanks for posting this!
     
  5. Jason McKenzie

    Jason McKenzie Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Good Write up. we all make mistakes, but not all of us will admit it :)

    J
     
  6. sterling

    sterling Peppermint Shrimp

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    Its a quite unfortunate story to say the least. But im sure you've learned alot more than you could have even bargened for. I too wanted a tank so i got a 29 gallon biocube. I had it set up with LS for about 4 days and then got 7lbs of rock. I didnt even know about cycling or anything. I got snails soon after to accomodate the algae growth, and finally i got a fish about two weeks into it. About couple days later i got about 8 more lbs liverock. Then a maroon clown and anenome. I placed about 2 lbs live rock in the aquarium every week for about a month after that. I also started getting corals about the third or fourth week. I have spent about 1500 in the first 3 months. I have learnt soo much now and i feel like an idiot for doing anything i did. The only thing i dont understand is that my entire aquarium is THRIVING, im not even kidding and I dont understand how. I mean, i did everything wrong pretty much but everything seems to be right. Im going to upgrade to a 75 real soon to meet the needs of my exceeded bioload, which i currently am doing 20% water changes a week. Im for sure going to invest in an RO/DI unit ASAP as not only are my fishing thirsty, but clean water for me is a bonus too.
    I did everything wrong but everything is going well; im confused.
     
  7. phal.repth

    phal.repth Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    You have no idea how much I enjoyed reading this! Not that I enjoyed hearing of your trials and tribulations, but it was well put! And I'm so sorry about the hassle! Good luck and keep trying!!

    _chi_
     
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  9. Froc3

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    I'm sure everyone has their own little "learning experiences" that they could add. Great post and good job on actually learning and sticking with it.
     
  10. Otty

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    Couldn't have said it better
     
  11. Alcapown

    Alcapown Plankton

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    Wonderful read, much appreciated, I took a lot from your trials and tribulations and I believe it has better prepared me for the journey ahead, thank you and good luck!
     
  12. ComputerJohn

    ComputerJohn Panda Puffer

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    Great post!!! Karma for you.. I feel your pain. I pretty much did the same when I first started..
     
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