- Oct 3, 2019
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I am also new to saltwater but it’s pretty easy to find good information here and on YouTube. I really like the channel by Bulk Reef Supply because they use really accurate tools to answer questions. The first step would be to dose your tank with any respectable saltwater nitrifying bacteria so that the bacteria is able to break down the ammonia produced by the fish. Ammonia can be very toxic to your tank. Until your bacteria is matured, I’d recommend doing weekly 1-2gallon water changes. If your coral is dead it should be removed from the tank so that the decomposition doesn’t overload your tank with ammonia that can kill your fish. There’s nothing wrong with a small tank, we all have to start somewhere! Welcome to R2R!!I am brand new to saltwater. My son got an 8 gallon bio cube. I know this is too small, but I promised I'd try. I have 1 piece of dead coral for decor and that's it. We hope to have 2 tiny fish and maybe 2 shrimp. We also like hermit crabs. What equipment, substrate would you guys suggest? I'd like to use easy (forgiving) live macro algae to help balance this tank. Please be kind with responses. I have been called names elsewhere and was referred here to learn.