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I am going to be ordering the Aquapod 24 gallon as my first reef tank. What items are essential for my shopping list? I know I want to do live rock and live sand. What testing kits and other equiptment and supplies do I need?

Thank you in advance.

Amy
 

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Not sure if this is what you are looking for...
This is what I consider my 'tool box':
(three-drawer, rubbermaid type, storage unit)

1st drawer:
  1. small tweezer
  2. long tweezer
  3. turkey baster
  4. measuring spoons
  5. large plastic cup
  6. medium cup with screw-on cover
  7. knife
  8. toothbrush
  9. eye dropper
  10. veggie clip
  11. icecream spoon
  12. flash light
  13. 5-in-one test kit
  14. log book & pen
2nd drawer:
  1. flake foods
  2. pellet foods
  3. veggie foods
  4. chemicals/additives (iodine, purple-up, nano a & b, etc.)
  5. joes juice
  6. tumbler glass
  7. medicine syringe
3rd drawer:
  1. fish net
  2. bottle brushes
  3. filters
  4. filter bags
  5. filter media
  6. long scraper
  7. plastic putty scrapers (set of 3)
  8. disposable gloves
  9. rubberbands
  10. superglue
  11. underwater epoxy
  12. utility blades
  13. funnels
  14. plastic, resealable, bags
  15. frag discs
  16. extra heater
  17. cleaning siphon
 

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I would safe your money and get just regular sand. Live sand really isn't necessary. Eventually you will have live sand from being seeded by the live rock.
 

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If I suffer a death from myterious causes forget CSI...Petunia will figure out what happened.

For any tank you need lighting which can be just PC or something above the cheapo flourescent hood and a skimmer and some flow which a powerhead can take care of.

The essential thing though is patience. A few rocks in there will take a while to go through the cycle and it takes a test kit and time to get it right.

My basic tool kit is a protein skimmer, cured live rock, a basic little substrate, a heater, a powerhead or two and patience.
 

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As many will say a quality protien skimmer.

the other list is very thorough it is miising (or I missed it) air line tubing about 6 feet. (this can be used to drip acclimate fish and many other things.)

I recommend Salifert test kits. I used a couple of other brands and found that my tests were off some. I heard that seachem is good as well.
 

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afbengochea - i tta be prepared for anything. hee hee seriously.. i have used everything on the list at least once since i started the nano in ocotber of last year.



phishnoob - i'm on the case!! make sure your family knows where to find me.
 

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A Wet/Dry vac... You hope to never need it, but........
 
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