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Hello. I have never had a salt water tank. I am starting with a 35 gallon tall tank with about 30 lbs of live rock. I bought my tank off of Craigslist and am hoping I got an awesome deal. We kept the water from already in the tank but had to add some water and salt. Set it up Saturday afternoon. Seems the salt is still low. Letting it cycle before I take the water in to be tested. Figure I'll make the trip to the store on Saturday.

Trying to figure out how to set up the rock. Right now it just doesn't look right. With it being a tall tank I'd like to go up but am scared they will fall.

Only negative in this whole purchase (well there is two negatives) is that the light was damaged in transit and now I need to find and inexpensive light. (The other negative is that the guy must have smoked cigars and the stand/tank smells. Cleaned the stand with lemon centered stuff every few hours. Hope the smell didn't' soak into the plastic and rubber of the pump and stuff. No way to clean it without getting rid of lots of water and starting over.)

I plan to add coral to the tank eventually and maybe a few fish (only about 3 or 4). I'd like a starfish also but need to find one that won't eat my coral.

Right now I want to cycle and see where my rock goes. There may be stuff on it that will come back to life.

-Tyschire
 

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Welcome Tyschire to TRT! Yeah, rock scapes are often works in progress...I went through many before populating my tank and even changed it once again after beginning to stock the tank. It's all about what's pleasing to your eye. You can use glue, yep regular ole super glue, reef-safe two-part epoxy, and or reef-safe silicone to add stability to ones scape.

Of course, once you got 5 posts we will be looking for you to share pictures ;)
 

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Get a decent test kit.
The LFS I have seen just use the dip strip tests, not very accurate.
The API Saltwater Master Kit is not too expensive.
Saves having to get to store to test, which will help you have a problem.

Host your photos somewhere like Photobucket.
There you select the image you want to post, and to the right there is a list of ways to share it. Click on the url by direct, it will copy to clipboard,
On the post select insert image and past the url in the pop up box.
Simple.
 

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I'll post pic if you tell me how.
After your 5th post you can post using the Advanced method...scroll down to Manage Attachments, browse through your local files and select an image and then upload ( be aware of size) and when uploaded close the attachment screen and you should see your image listed and submit your message.
 
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