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Hi everyone,

recently joined the forum, thought it would be a great way of getting a little advise on the do's and don't of this venture.

I've kept Koi for several years now in a 750 Gallon pond, but thought I would venture inside with a Marine tank after seeing just how beautiful they can look with Coral and a few fish. Set up a reasonable small tank last week, 130lt, have used Caribsea live sand and also some cured live rock. I added pre salted water form local shop, also, been adding a few recommended Aquavita products to help with the cycle. All parameters looking good, AM 0, Nitrite O, Nitrate 0.25, PH 8, KH 12, Calcium 420, Salinity 1.025. Live rock has begun to change colour with some algae now appearing, also sand has a few dark patches.

Before adding any fish, I though adding a CUC would be a good first step, a selection of snails, a few hermits and a shrimp.

Was also think of picking up a couple of frags, something easy,  maybe a toadstool and a Duncan?

Be interested to know peoples thoughts on adding the CUC and Coral, is it to early, maybe another week?

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Reply #1

Welcome to ReefBase!


Sounds like you have a nice little set-up going. Your alkalinity (kh) is quite high but I will guess that your LFS water is using RS Coral Pro salt. Up until recently I used that salt but found it hard to maintain it so high and the system settled itself in the mid-8 territory despite any messing on my part! High-Alk like that is meant to be really good for SPS growth (not something you will need to worry about for a while!)


As for CUC - a couple of snails might be a god idea to keep a check on the algae and turn over your sand bed, but wouldn't add to many (or anything else) at this stage as they could easily run out of food without fish etc in the tank to raise the nutrient level.


Personally I have always found a lot of corals pretty tolerant and add some early on so I would say go for it. Things like zoas, mushrooms or other softies are good first options. Duncans might work but might be worth trying a few other bits first

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Hi @Oxfordblue welcome to ReefBase!

If you don't have much algae,  you might wanna feed some fish food so the CUC have something to eat (and help the cycle get established) 

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Hello and welcome to the fish bowl . We're all here to help in anyway we can , I'm sure you'll enjoy meeting us all at some point ,
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Thanks all,
went to my local LFS the weekend, they tested all my water parameters and were happy for me to to add a CUC and a couple of small hardy easy to keep frags. I cannot believe how quickly they got to work on the rock. My favourite out of all of them was a Tuxedo Urchin, a lively little fellow who's getting around the tank, even taken one of the frags for a walk! lol

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Urchins have a habit of re-scaping your tank for you if it isn't glued down! That said the frags often do much better where ever they decide to drop them compared to where you put them initially!!! lol

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Greetings,
I am new to this site, I currently have a tropical set up and I am wanting to change to marine.
At present I have 1.5 inches of sand in my tank I have had the sand in my tank for the past two years.
My question is could I use my sand in my tank as it is ?
My tank holds 27 gallons/ 104.9 litres.
I spoke with my local fish shop of course they want me to buy their live rock, do I really need it .
I need help please I am unsure what to do.

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Welcome! Decent rock (whether already live or dry) is vital to a marine set up as a major part of the biological filtration of your system.

In terms of re-using sand from a tropical tank in a marine tank? I cant see major issues, thougj given the cost of things you will be putting in a marine tank the cost of new sand is pretty minor to ensure there are no unwanted nasties! Others may have other views though!

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Greetings,
I am new to this site, I currently have a tropical set up and I am wanting to change to marine.
At present I have 1.5 inches of sand in my tank I have had the sand in my tank for the past two years.
My question is could I use my sand in my tank as it is ?
My tank holds 27 gallons/ 104.9 litres.
I spoke with my local fish shop of course they want me to buy their live rock, do I really need it .
I need help please I am unsure what to do.

What kind of sand is it?  For a reef tank you want crushed coral or aragonite.

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