Hi. Exicting times! New to Salt water & Possible spec.

Hartley

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I'm due to order the following;

Red sea reefer 350
TMC8000 return pump
300 RS skimmer
Ehiem 300 watt heater (x2?)
25 kg real reef
2x Radion XR15
Tunze ato
type of sand?
DD heating and cooling controller
Ati water test kit

The intial aim is just to cycle the tank for 8 weeks or so.
feel free to comment and add to the list

cheers

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Looks like a good list so far, RSR 350’s are great tanks and Radions are one of the best.

As far as sand goes, I would recommend this stuff:


It’s what I used and not only looks great, but it helps cycle your tank faster.
 

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type of sand?

Are you doing a deep sand bed or just a thin layer? Since it sounds like you're getting a good amount of LR, if you're only doing a thin sand layer then you won't see much perk in live sand vs dry as far as cycling goes, but the live sand bags I see these days tend to have a better grain size range for thin beds. I'm not sure if that's just a regional thing though; might not be the case in the UK. Anything aragonite technically works, just avoid really coarse stuff like crushed coral (traps debris & encourages pest worms) and for thin beds avoid really tiny grain sizes like oolite since it blows all over the place too easily. If doing a deep bed, going with at least partly live sand will help you get it colonized faster by mixing it in, but the extra nitrate removal that DSBs offer still takes a long time to colonize in a tank that size.
 

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