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daklutch1224
03-18-2012, 01:39 AM
I have a 32 gallon octagon tank. Since i am new at this and people at pet stores will try to make money instead of helping me. I would like to have ideas or a route to go. I want 2 clown fish, I have read up on some what how to maintain a SW tank but still lost. Please Help. Thank You.

megaphoenix
03-18-2012, 05:07 AM
Welcome to the forums, I don't know too much about SW tanks, so I'll just step aside and allow some of our SW members come on and assist you.

Wildisme
03-18-2012, 11:52 AM
Well the basics are good turn over rate, good salt, and a fuge.

Seeing that it is a hex I would add a sump system as most HOB products won't sit right on that.

You will need 1 power head, a sump, some macro algae. If you plan on coral I'd do a small coralife skimmer, the one they make for the BioCube would work well here. Then a phosban reactor to keep phosphates low. Lighting would be best with LED and a low angle optic say 40lenses.

axolotl1435
05-09-2012, 10:28 AM
live sand live rock good filter system some say to wait 30 days all deepens on the sand and rock and water you can have a tank up and going in 24 hrs live salter water is the trick meaning it come right from the ocean
lot of times small pet shop s will tell you the truth and tell you how to set it up right
and yeah they do see money with salt water...
when adding clowns best off putting them in at the same time so let say you only got one and he been in their a few day well that his home now so he going to defend it clowns are some time tricky that way

but if you mix that water your self make sure their an air stone in bucket why because of the temp differences and air stone helps the salt mix better theirs many way you can go with salt water tanks so im not sure what your really asking and if you do mix your own water
wait 30 days reef some times deepens here to some say wait 6 months deepens on the type of reef you want and some say to wait 1 yr to add a reef
some live rock has live coral on it all ready some have live plants on them some have critters like crabs and other stuff some are plain Jane with just base rock with no life
can you make live rock yes you can i can goooooooooo on and on and on it all deepens on you and what you want
i would like more info then just puting clown fish and the size of tank

Waggs
05-09-2012, 10:42 AM
Ok, then you need to go to some forums that are really deep into reef keeping. You will never have a safe reef tank in 24 hours. There is a cycle time to get a salt water aquarium going. I don't care if you put all live sand, live rock and ocean fresh salt water. Until you have the parameters right you will kill anything you put in it. You don't mix salt with air, you use a power head, and you don't use tap water as it has too many bad things in it. You need RO/DI water and you may as well buy one up front or you'll be making dozens of trips to the local fish store buying water.

Do yourself and the animals a favor and do some research. Ask lots of questions and READ READ READ. You can start off here:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/index.php

and here:
http://www.reefbuilders.com/forums/

and another one:
http://www.reef2reef.com/forums/forum.php

Hope this helps and I hope no one gets mad for me posting links to other forums, but I would rather get in trouble than you go out and spend a lot of money and then kill everything you try to put in the tank.

navyreefer83
05-28-2012, 10:43 PM
Welcome!!!

My question for you is, "what is your tank personality" (Mrsaltwater) Check out this website: http://www.mrsaltwatertank.com He also has a YouTube channel. Long story short what is it that you plan to do with the tank? Do you want a full blown reef, a Fish only tank, with Live Rock (FOWLR).

This question is tough to answer, and of all the forums I've seen the suggestions given so far are some of the best. A good filtration system is defiantly key in my opinion. I recommend a good skimmer (plus one rule...find one rated for your tank total volume, and then go up to the next size.) A deep sand bed is my style some people are against them but it's worked for me. I recommend no sand greater than 1.7mm grain size. Another key is a refugium as someone has already mentioned. I recommend using:Chaetomorpha macro algae it's a great macro algae, I also like using a DSB in my refugium with the same size grain as the tank, plus an inch of miracle mud on top of that. I know it sounds like a lot, however you want to really try and replicate a natural eco system in your system to be successful.


Ok, then you need to go to some forums that are really deep into reef keeping. You will never have a safe reef tank in 24 hours. There is a cycle time to get a salt water aquarium going. I don't care if you put all live sand, live rock and ocean fresh salt water. Until you have the parameters right you will kill anything you put in it. You don't mix salt with air, you use a power head, and you don't use tap water as it has too many bad things in it. You need RO/DI water and you may as well buy one up front or you'll be making dozens of trips to the local fish store buying water.

Do yourself and the animals a favor and do some research. Ask lots of questions and READ READ READ. You can start off here:
http://www.reefcentral.com/forums/index.php

and here:
http://www.reefbuilders.com/forums/

and another one:
http://www.reef2reef.com/forums/forum.php

Hope this helps and I hope no one gets mad for me posting links to other forums, but I would rather get in trouble than you go out and spend a lot of money and then kill everything you try to put in the tank.

The above is above all the NUMBER ONE KEY IN SUCCESS IN THE MARINE HOBBY! RESEARCH!!! RESEARCH!!! RESEARCH!!! Go to numerous forms and READ! READ! and then when you think you understand it READ! again!!!

Good luck, and keep us posted as to how your setup is going.

AussieDIYFK
05-28-2012, 11:03 PM
yes reserch is the best tool to improve dramaticly but dont believe everything on the net. good books are superior and provide to be invaluble