Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquarium

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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby hendergk » Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:31 pm

I just purchase a 102 gallon tank with a cabinet. I want to make it into a FOWLR aquarium. Can someone point me into the right direction to buy the equipment to get this up and running in the coming months? I gotten a quote from a shop in Manila 100K to setup it up with equipment and fish. smh. Any assistance is appreciated.
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby seth » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:21 am

check out our sponsors. :) Since it will only be FOWLR, lighting it need not be expensive. Even a couple of NO T5s or inexpensive lights would suffice.

What I suggest is you focus on your filtration and circulation system, get a nice skimmer, a DC return pump and a couple of wavemakers, get some filter mats and maybe activated carbon as well. Having a well lit and well arranged refugium would be a nice addition too.

Even if it's just FOWLR, keep nutrients low and parameters in check. Better that than losing fishes. Especially expensive ones. :)

Aquariatech has good skimmers and equipments, FEV Marine have DC pumps, NSW and other filtration needs.

Try to have a quarantine tank too.
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby Excalibur26 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:30 am

Hi Guys, newbie here. I started reading the board this last couple of days and I appreciate all the information. Very educating!

Un nga lng sumablay ako.. went to cartimar last saturday to buy a freshwater setup but when I saw saltwater setups, I fell in love with it the first time i saw it. So what I did was to canvass around the area. I never had any experience with SW aquarium so mali ko na sales talk ako ng wala sa oras... I should have researched first... so ang ending, napabili ako ng setup worth 5K package daw un.

What I got was 10 live corals, 10 live rocks, white sand and shells, 20 fishes of my choice and ang kicker dun, 20G lang ung aquarium so at first i was really happy for such a bargain and the 20G is just enough for me kasi ilalagay ko lng sa study table ko. Ung aquarium ko nga pla is ung may cover na sa ibabaw na may kasamang filter and lighting. Sabi nung nagtinda sa akin paguwi ko, ilagay ko lng ang tubig then ilagay ko na rin ung isda ng sabay. bnigyan ako ng 2 malaking plastic ng tubig na ginagamit na nila sa mga aquarium nila, hydrometer, fish food, calcium and reef something (nagiging blue ung reaction ng tubig pag pinatak). wala akong kaalam alam na iba pla ang setup ng FOWLR sa reef. iba pla ang needs nun... so for experts, alam nyo na ang ending hahaha..

sa ngaun, 2 na lang ang nabubuhay kong LS, 2/20!!! corals ko inalis ko na ung iba I only have 5/10 and 4 live rocks. after nun nagresearch na ko and I found this site. I guess it's better late than never... good thing sa binilan ko is may "warranty" ung LS. pag may namatay, ibalik ko lng daw sa kanila at papalitan nila. pero tinapon ko na ung mga LS ko at pinicturan ko na lng dahil wala akong time pumunta pag weekdays dahil sa work so wait ako till saturday.

Sa ngaun, im still in the midst of setting up a reef pero sa nangyari sa akin baka I'll settle down with FOWLR first.. so ngaun, I am currently treating my LS with some solution and I hope magsurvive silang 2... wala akong binago sa setup ko af of today and my LS are looking better kahit naka reef pa rin ang setup ko. Note wala akong skimmer, mamahaling lights or chiller. I think I will conduct an experiment with those 2... BTW, wala akong water test kit... ang meron lng ako hydrometer... d ko alam ang PH ng aquarium ko sa ngaun.. nitrate or nitrite.. in other words, nagsasayang lng ako...

For other newbies katulad ko na walang alam sa ganitong hobby, i hope you find this experience as a lesson. hindi basta basta tong hobby na to. it needs time, effort, patience and money... I will set up a new system maybe next week... I will update you guys. Sorry sa mahabang kwento! :)
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby meekosbc » Thu May 15, 2014 1:24 pm

chonglai wrote:
2. Live rocks
Liverocks will serve as home for your fish as well as "filter" for your system. They will be home to beneficial bacteria and beneficial organisms. The rule i used to calculate how many liverocks i need is 1.5 pounds per gallon of your system. So if you have a 50 gallon system you'll need 75 pounds of liverocks. To get the number of killos simply divide it by 2.2. so for a 50 gallon system you'll need 34 kilos of liverocks.

here is the formula again :
number of gallons of your system x 1.5(to get the number of pounds needed) / 2.2(to get the number of kilos) = number of kilos needed for your system

Salamat po ulit!


Sir Chonglai, question, for this computation, do you have to also include in the computation the gallons of the sump?
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby kapitbahay » Thu May 22, 2014 9:41 pm

good pm po. ask ko lang po kung kailang ang light sa cycling time?

ano po ang recommended light nyo? thank you
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby seth » Sat May 24, 2014 8:23 am

@kapitbahay no need. Pwede ka rin naman maglagay kaso mauunang dumami yung algae. Yung ilalagay mong ilaw depende na iyan sa balak mong alagaan. T5s at LEDs ang pinaka-practical para sa klima natin.

@meekosbc bro, medyo matagal nang inactive si brader chonglai. Hindi naman absolute yung ginamit niyang rule, pero kung susundin mo iyan, yung volume lang ng DT yung isinama sa computation. :) Kung liverock ang gagamitin mo, piliin mong bato yung maraming butas and medyo magaan. Okay rin yung bato na maraming signs ng buhay. Yung ang purpose kung bakit tayo bumibili ng "liverock" in the first place.
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby iamdhagz » Sat May 24, 2014 11:03 am

Good day reefers, its been days nung binasa ko yung thread na ito :D hehe but its worth the hours took for me on reading each and every post here.. hehe.. I have this idea on building ang customizing my tank pa comment nalang po mga sir kung tama ba yung setup ko. or I have to change something..

Here is my Schematics kung papaano ko sya isesetup
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20g DT with 2 1" holes one for overflow 1 for Return
20g Sump 3 division
1 Return pump rated 100Gallon
DIY Skimmer with wood dulo
1 7500 air pump
DIY led lights


Tama po ba yung setup ko mga sir? or my dapat pa akong palitan.?

Plan ko po eh FOWLR lang muna saka na ako mag reef pipigilin ko muna sarili ko heheh until makuha ko na yung tamang pagalaga ng marine tank.

Question:
Kung bibili ako ng NSW sa cartimar and live sands and live rocks.. pwede ko na ba silang ilagay sa tank after ko ma rinse or need ko pa silang ibilad sa araw yung live rocks and i stock ko muna yung NSW?
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby CreepngDeth » Sat May 31, 2014 12:48 pm

Mga masters., importante ba n bumili ng API saltwater kit? Or khit wag na? Balak ko palang mag start sana as a fowlr setup. Ok lng b n khit yung hydrometer lng?
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby yose_ » Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:33 am

CreepngDeth wrote:Mga masters., importante ba n bumili ng API saltwater kit? Or khit wag na? Balak ko palang mag start sana as a fowlr setup. Ok lng b n khit yung hydrometer lng?


You need the test kit bro to know if the tank is ready to house fishes. Kung fowlr, mas mabilis ka makapaglalagay ng fishes. Monitor ammonia, nitrite, nitrate. Pag consistent nang 0 ang ammonia and nitrate, tapos nitrate is at high level, you can start your water changes until maging consistent na mababa nitrates, say 10 ppm max. Then pwede ka na mag add ng fishes. Make sure your tank has enough surface area to house the bacteria by putting enough live rocks before you start cycling.
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby CreepngDeth » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:34 pm

Salamat po sa reply Sir Yose. I'll keep that in mind po. :D
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby daopotterxy » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:21 am

Hello Guys,

I am totally a newbie and noobs on saltwater aquarium, mahaba n un thread sana there's someone who can give me quick course pano aq mag setup ng aquarium...

i have 35-gallon tank at home, dati sa freshwater, wanted to convert it, i have jebo overhead filter and a skimmer, I bought liverocks and sand s cartimar too, plus un saltmix, and un prang thermometer, un hydrometer n may green mark.

i've been reading a lot about test kits, where can i buy? how much? what brand should i get?

and how do i perfectly cycle the water n ggmitan lang ng mix?

honestly, i tried putting in fish after 1 week, pero namamatay sila...
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby ronald2135 » Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:42 pm

bro isa lang po ba si mang Jun na bilihan ng live rock sa cartimar baka magkamali ako ng bibilhan ng liverock :)
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby bonalba » Sun Dec 14, 2014 6:53 pm

Papano po mag set up ng protein skimmer
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby aldwin » Mon Dec 15, 2014 6:53 am

daopotterxy wrote:Hello Guys,

I am totally a newbie and noobs on saltwater aquarium, mahaba n un thread sana there's someone who can give me quick course pano aq mag setup ng aquarium...

i have 35-gallon tank at home, dati sa freshwater, wanted to convert it, i have jebo overhead filter and a skimmer, I bought liverocks and sand s cartimar too, plus un saltmix, and un prang thermometer, un hydrometer n may green mark.

i've been reading a lot about test kits, where can i buy? how much? what brand should i get?

and how do i perfectly cycle the water n ggmitan lang ng mix?

honestly, i tried putting in fish after 1 week, pero namamatay sila...


http://www.reefphilippines.com/?p=87

sa page 1 sir,may discussions dun..very informative"
pang aquarium lang...kulang pa!!!

50 gals...
no sump..
Live Rocks...
1 sun sun wavemaker 6watts

1t5 6500k(wala na ngayon, nasa likod bahay na ang DT ko,reflected sunlight mode)
12pcs 1/4 watts small Blue LED's(wala na rin, nasunog,)

feb 2015..i added an OHF..(2nd hand kasama ng DT nuon)
added (sept 2017)skimmer from a member(kanino ko banabili yun?) :)
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Re: Basic things you will need in setting up a marine aquari

Postby Red_D » Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:46 am

tanong lang po, total newbie and first time sa salt water set-up. Kailangan po ba talaga ng skimmer for a 15g tank? iba iba kasi nababasa ko
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