My boyfriend Ben and I have just started a 38 gallon saltwater tank. It’ll be a Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) system. It’s 4/17/08 and we’ve just added the first batch of pre-cured live rock and substrate. The adventure begins…
Note: This is not a how to guide so I will not go into a lot of specifics. This is only a way of me chronicling my own personal experiences in the hobby of marine aquarium keeping. Hopefully this will help me understand and learn more about the hobby which will lead me to greater success in the future.
I will list places where I’ve been able to gather helpful information from for anyone reading this who might be interested in the hobby.
Our Set-up thus far:
Type of aquarium: Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) Tank size: 39 gal. Glass Filter: Rena Filstar XP1 Canister Filter 250 gph Power Heads: 2 Hydor Koralia 1 400 gph Heater: Rena SmartHeater 150 watts Lighting: Current Single Satellite CF Fixture w/ Lunar light (1X96w) Protein Skimmer: AquaC Remora/Remora Pro Substrate: 20lb. Dry sand + 10 lb. Live sand Live Rock: 50 lbs. of live rock a mix of Tonga, Fiji and Aquacultered LR Testing Equip.: Floating Thermometer with suction cup Red Sea Hydrometer Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Saltwater Liquid Master Test Kit Aquarium Pharmaceuticals Phosphate Test Kit Livestock: 2 yellowtail damsels, 3 mexican turbos, 2 fighting conch, 4 nerite snails, 10 cerith snails, 10 nassarius snails, 1 peppermint shrimp, 1 flame shrimp, 2 emerald crabs.