1st saltwater aquarium for me. Excited

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I was inspired somewhere to get a saltwater tank. Starting researching. Red Sea seemed like a good company. Searched locally and found a tank on eBay. A Red Sea reefer 250 v3.
didn’t realize all the accessories needed.
I bought 2 Red Sea 90s for the lighting , a simplicity 1000 return pump , reefmat 500 I think for filtration , a Red Sea skimmer , 2 vortex 40 , and a 4 stage RODI to make the water. I’m in the water making state currently with the Red Sea salt mix.
also bought the mod kit for the Reefmat so hope to start on that shortly. Probably will be buying a power strip , something to clean the glass , and something to test levels. I’ve been looking around the forum but any tips would be greatly appreciated.
 
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Hello and welcome to R2R, @jmenziereams . Glad you joined us!! Good luck with the Reefer 250!! I have a Reefer 250 too!!
 

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I was inspired somewhere to get a saltwater tank. Starting researching. Red Sea seemed like a good company. Searched locally and found a tank on eBay. A Red Sea reefer 250 v3.
didn’t realize all the accessories needed.
I bought 2 Red Sea 90s for the lighting , a simplicity 1000 return pump , reefmat 500 I think for filtration , a Red Sea skimmer , 2 vortex 40 , and a 4 stage RODI to make the water. I’m in the water making state currently with the Red Sea salt mix.
also bought the mod kit for the Reefmat so hope to start on that shortly. Probably will be buying a power strip , something to clean the glass , and something to test levels. I’ve been looking around the forum but any tips would be greatly appreciated.
First things first .
welcome to r2r
Can’t wait to see pictures of your new setup

as for testing . I recommend salifert for calcium magnesium and nitrates .
Hanna checkers for alkalinity and phosphorus .

I need to clarify some of these kits won’t be needed at the start .
To start off . Pick up a ammonia , nitrate kit as well as some sort of refractometer or Hanna salinity checker for mixing your salt to the proper salinity .
 
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I was inspired somewhere to get a saltwater tank. Starting researching. Red Sea seemed like a good company. Searched locally and found a tank on eBay. A Red Sea reefer 250 v3.
didn’t realize all the accessories needed.
I bought 2 Red Sea 90s for the lighting , a simplicity 1000 return pump , reefmat 500 I think for filtration , a Red Sea skimmer , 2 vortex 40 , and a 4 stage RODI to make the water. I’m in the water making state currently with the Red Sea salt mix.
also bought the mod kit for the Reefmat so hope to start on that shortly. Probably will be buying a power strip , something to clean the glass , and something to test levels. I’ve been looking around the forum but any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Id start with salifert test kits aswell
Ph, Alk, calc, mag, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and phosphate. Also a Refractometer. Don't buy any api test kits is my tip. You don't need them all right away but they'll save you a coral or a fish from dieing once and basically pay for them selves. One mistake I made is I bought api test kits. Another mistake is I didn't have the proper test kits and wasn't concerned about what was in my water. Killed alot of things as I'm sure many have done its nearly unavoidable. Another tips is to only use titanium heaters and no heaters with internal thermostats.

Don't forget to ask questions there's always someone willing to help on here.

Edit: hanna test kits are good to!
 
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I was inspired somewhere to get a saltwater tank. Starting researching. Red Sea seemed like a good company. Searched locally and found a tank on eBay. A Red Sea reefer 250 v3.
didn’t realize all the accessories needed.
I bought 2 Red Sea 90s for the lighting , a simplicity 1000 return pump , reefmat 500 I think for filtration , a Red Sea skimmer , 2 vortex 40 , and a 4 stage RODI to make the water. I’m in the water making state currently with the Red Sea salt mix.
also bought the mod kit for the Reefmat so hope to start on that shortly. Probably will be buying a power strip , something to clean the glass , and something to test levels. I’ve been looking around the forum but any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Good luck. Great hobby. Sounds like your off to a good start.
 
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First things first .
welcome to r2r
Can’t wait to see pictures of your new setup

as for testing . I recommend salifert for calcium magnesium and nitrates .
Hanna checkers for alkalinity and phosphorus .

I need to clarify some of these kits won’t be needed at the start .
To start off . Pick up a ammonia , nitrate kit as well as some sort of refractometer or Hanna salinity checker for mixing your salt to the proper salinity .
Thanks for the recommendations. So much valuable information here. It’s helped me tremendously already
 

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Thanks for the recommendations. So much valuable information here. It’s helped me tremendously already
You have come to the right place for advice .
take your time . Nothing good happens fast .
 
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