From FreshWater to SaltWater Tank

saulofaria

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 13, 2019
Messages
4
Reaction score
17
Hello Everyone!
I am starting my game on SaltWater.
I do have a good experience of years with heavily planted tank and that have inspired me to move to SaltWater tank where I can mainly work with Corals, cleaner crew and probably a pair of clown fish.
Consequently to my desire, I was lucky enough to find someone selling a Fluval Evo 13.5 already cycled (2 yes) with Fluval Skimmer, heater and Rocks. As extra the seller has provided me with plenty of Chaeto in the refugium chamber and Pulsing Xenia who has shown good signs so far this past 2 days that the tank has been set up. He has delivered to me the tank with the water that the tank was running on, I only had to prepare a little more water to add to the tank to the correct level. (RO/DI, yes).

What is next on my plans!

Before I start to add anything I would like to get a better understanding of the chemistry, Coral feeding and water tests for SaltWater.
I see that API has a Master Test Kit for Saltwater just like they have for FreshWater. Is that worth the money? 47$ CAD (Amazon).
Will that provide me all the reading that I need to verify the water parameters for Corals and other inhabitants?

Let me know what would you suggest.

Thanks
 

Crabs McJones

Mayor of R2R
View Badges
Joined
Jul 24, 2017
Messages
19,723
Reaction score
83,561
Location
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Welcome to R2R!
giphy.gif


#WelcometoR2R

Check out these threads here, lots of good info for you ;)

 

dbl

It Takes Less Energy to be Nice
View Badges
Joined
Mar 13, 2014
Messages
12,595
Reaction score
54,769
Location
SW Florida
Welcome to R2R and your new reefing family and welcome to the salty side of the hobby.
 

Paullawr

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 12, 2016
Messages
1,263
Reaction score
862
Welcome and enjoy your stay.

Sounds like you got a good buy. Just keep tabs on xenia. Sometimes considered a pest due to the way it spreads.

I use API and salifert. Find API test kits quick and easy to use. Salifert is often the go to choice for reefkeeping mind so one to consider.
Good luck with reefing.
 

scardall

Valuable Member
View Badges
Joined
Oct 23, 2007
Messages
2,133
Reaction score
1,142
Location
Cocoa, Florida
Your Adventure is just starting. while I still have freshwater, I added the saltwater side in 89'. I have had this paticular setup since around 95' to date. A CC will help you along the way. ha ha ( WELCOME to Reef 2 Reef ) There is no such thing as a real dumb question. ha ha

old pic of my 75g Tank.jpg
 

vetteguy53081

Well known Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 11, 2013
Messages
14,192
Reaction score
19,659
Location
Sheboygan, WI
Not to start a debate But API kits are Very easy to use and reasonably priced, However API kiys have been less than reliable and I caution you to spend the extra on kits such as Elos, Salifert or Red Sea
 
OP
S

saulofaria

New Member
View Badges
Joined
Aug 13, 2019
Messages
4
Reaction score
17
Not to start a debate But API kits are Very easy to use and reasonably priced, However API kiys have been less than reliable and I caution you to spend the extra on kits such as Elos, Salifert or Red Sea
Yeap. that is my point on questioning of that is a good start point.
I know that for freshwater tanks they are "OK" but there is not a lot to monitor. Practically the plants behaviors will tell you what to do next.
Now on SaltWater I will have no guidance from the environment per say to narrow down the initial issues that I may face. So a reliable test kit would be a start point at least.
 

AiKkz

Hard work beats talent every time
View Badges
Joined
Feb 12, 2018
Messages
965
Reaction score
2,251
Location
Naples, FL
Welcome to R2R, the API is good for cycling, but once you start adding corals I personally would switch to salifert test kits. They aren't crazy expensive and IMO very accurate!
 
Get Fish & Corals directly for the suppliers

Any special reefing plans for this week?

  • Yes

    Votes: 157 46.2%
  • No

    Votes: 146 42.9%
  • Maybe

    Votes: 37 10.9%

Online statistics

Members online
1,840
Guests online
4,326
Total visitors
6,166
Reef Kinetics
Top