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Old 06-19-2012, 02:14 AM   #1
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I recently decided, after much debate and consideration, that it was time for me to get a saltwater tank. I have/had two planted tanks, a 40 breeder and a 36 bowfront. My 40 breeder is perfect. My 36 bowfront....not so much. It's not so much that it looks bad so much as it is that I just hate the tank itself. The curved front creates a beautiful display, the depth makes it a total pain to clean though . After much debate I decided I just needed to sell this tank and take the money and put it towards my saltwater adventure. I put the tank up for sale about a week ago and today I sold it to a local business to use in their reception area. Wednesday on my day off I am going to break down what was the tank that brought me back into the hobby and send it into someone else's care. I have attached a picture of how she looks tonight.

Now onto whats coming!

I am waiting for the next dollar per gallon sale at either Petco or Petsmart and picking up a 20 long. I plan on doing this as a reef tank with a large assortment of corals and few select fish and invertebrates. I also plan to include a DIY stand build in this thread. Maybe even a DIY canopy if I am feeling froggy.

Once I collect payment on Wednesday I will start ordering the various components I need to get this tank up and running. I will have a lot of questions as this thread progresses and I am really looking forward to everyone's input and constructive criticism.

Here is the list of components I am considering:

Light: Fishneedit 30" T5HO (4 bulb, 2 actinics and 2 10k)
Filter: Aquaclear 70 with filter floss, purigen, and chemi pure elite (what is everyone's thoughts on the last two?)
Heater: Eheim Jager 75 Watt (Is this strong enough?(
Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 (2 of these)
Base rock: 15 lbs aprox
Live rock: 5lbs aprox from lfs
Substrate: "live sand" (aka bagged) from lfs
Salt: Instant ocean reef crystals
Water: RODI from lfs
Test kits: api saltwater and reef master kits
Refractometer from marine depot
Skimmer: none for now, I am religious about my weekly water change

Thoughts on this equipment list? Also, let me know if I missed anything.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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I recently decided, after much debate and consideration, that it was time for me to get a saltwater tank. I have/had two planted tanks, a 40 breeder and a 36 bowfront. My 40 breeder is perfect. My 36 bowfront....not so much. It's not so much that it looks bad so much as it is that I just hate the tank itself. The curved front creates a beautiful display, the depth makes it a total pain to clean though . After much debate I decided I just needed to sell this tank and take the money and put it towards my saltwater adventure. I put the tank up for sale about a week ago and today I sold it to a local business to use in their reception area. Wednesday on my day off I am going to break down what was the tank that brought me back into the hobby and send it into someone else's care. I have attached a picture of how she looks tonight.

Now onto whats coming!

I am waiting for the next dollar per gallon sale at either Petco or Petsmart and picking up a 20 long. I plan on doing this as a reef tank with a large assortment of corals and few select fish and invertebrates. I also plan to include a DIY stand build in this thread. Maybe even a DIY canopy if I am feeling froggy.

Once I collect payment on Wednesday I will start ordering the various components I need to get this tank up and running. I will have a lot of questions as this thread progresses and I am really looking forward to everyone's input and constructive criticism.

Here is the list of components I am considering:

Light: Fishneedit 30" T5HO (4 bulb, 2 actinics and 2 10k)
Filter: Aquaclear 70 with filter floss, purigen, and chemi pure elite (what is everyone's thoughts on the last two?)
Heater: Eheim Jager 75 Watt (Is this strong enough?(
Circulation: Hydor Koralia Nano 240 (2 of these)
Base rock: 15 lbs aprox
Live rock: 5lbs aprox from lfs
Substrate: "live sand" (aka bagged) from lfs
Salt: Instant ocean reef crystals
Water: RODI from lfs
Test kits: api saltwater and reef master kits
Refractometer from marine depot
Skimmer: none for now, I am religious about my weekly water change

Thoughts on this equipment list? Also, let me know if I missed anything.
Only thing I can say right now is everything looks good so far. You may not be happy with those Koralia 240's, I hated mine and went with the 425's not sure if it's much difference and maybe it was just in my head but I love the 425's and so does my tank (BC29) I also have them hooked up to a Hydor smartwave.

Good luck and I'll be following along.

Also some say you don't need a lot of live rock but this is just my opinion, I think the more live rock you can get the better. I've read several articles and books am they say live rock is good for filtration and aids in it. As for live sand I've also read that it's not necessary. I used 35lbs of live sand and can't really say if it makes a difference. I haven't read enough about that debate. The live rock I think some will back me up the filtration thing although it isn't the end of the world if you a little live rock and a little base rock. It all comes down to preference and budget.

Maybe bump the live rock up a little?

The heater should be just fine. I have a Aqueon pro 100 watt in my tank an it's fine. Yours is a 20 long it should work just fine.

The filter should also work out just fine. My buddy has a 10 gallon and is running a AC110 and a small power head with no issues. He has chaeto, purigen and chemi pure elite in it along with a light for cheato an it works just fine.

I think your list is pretty well thought out.

I'm no expert and my SW tank has only been up for 6 months. But I've done a lot of reading and it sounds like your right on track.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:25 AM   #3
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Thanks for the adice on the Koralia's I will definitely consider this. I think instead of buying the Hydor smartwave I will just use timers (for now, have to save something for Christmas). Anyone else have any thoughts on the pumps?
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Nope sorry, not sure about the PHs. Haven't used anything that small on my tanks. I think you'll need more rock as well. Will you be doing a sump too, or just the 20 long? If you're getting tanks at the $1/G sale, it'll be cheap enough to buy another 20L or 10G tank for the system. Just a thought.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:46 AM   #5
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Nope sorry, not sure about the PHs. Haven't used anything that small on my tanks. I think you'll need more rock as well. Will you be doing a sump too, or just the 20 long? If you're getting tanks at the $1/G sale, it'll be cheap enough to buy another 20L or 10G tank for the system. Just a thought.
I did consider a sump as I already have an extra ten gallon laying around. Not sure if I want to go that route though.
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I know what you mean. I just like having a place to hide my equipment.
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Thanks for the adice on the Koralia's I will definitely consider this. I think instead of buying the Hydor smartwave I will just use timers (for now, have to save something for Christmas). Anyone else have any thoughts on the pumps?
The nano's are not designed to run on wavemakers or timers. Most powerheads are not, you only get so many starts and stops before they fail. Just a thought.

Also what type of corals do you plan on keeping? Softies, lps, sps, clams, anemones? This will determine much of what you actually need.
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Live rock and live sand are biological filters, meaning they support beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia into nitrite and nitrite into nitrate. Dead rock (dry, base, whatever u wish to call it) will become live over time. However to start its usually recommended to do half live half dry rock.
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Live rock and live sand are biological filters, meaning they support beneficial bacteria that converts ammonia into nitrite and nitrite into nitrate. Dead rock (dry, base, whatever u wish to call it) will become live over time. However to start its usually recommended to do half live half dry rock.
I do agree with this statement. However, I want to try to keep as many pest out as possible.
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The nano's are not designed to run on wavemakers or timers. Most powerheads are not, you only get so many starts and stops before they fail. Just a thought.

Also what type of corals do you plan on keeping? Softies, lps, sps, clams, anemones? This will determine much of what you actually need.
I plan on keeping softies and perhaps a few lps. Did not know that about the pumps thanks for the advice.
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