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Old 09-10-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Converting from fish only to reef

I am changing my 240 gallon fish only to a reef aquarium and I am wondering what I would have to do to do this. Any info helps thank you!
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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I am changing my 240 gallon fish only to a reef aquarium and I am wondering what I would have to do to do this. Any info helps thank you!
You may need more flow, more test kits, fertilizers, and new lights.
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?Fertilizers? -
Most important is the lights. Since you'll be upgrading, I would suggest LED lights such as Taotronics. There is a lengthly LED lighting thread which I think is in the getting started thread. Normally 1 unit per 2 feet length, but If that is a 7 ft tank, I'd see how many dividers it has (2 dividers=3 lights, 3 dividers = 4 lights). These lights will support anything you will want in the tank.
Water Quality is much more important in a Reef than a FO tank. Nutrient export has to be 100%, so a quality skimmer as well as macro algae in the sump. Make sure your nitrates and phosphates are both 0 (you can do this while still running as a FO) with no algae build-up in the tank.
Rocks, if you don't have any yet (you didn't say FOWLR). You can slowly add them to the DT, or place them in a heated rubbermaid container with the right salt levels and cycle them seperate from the tank. This can take a few weeks.
Fish. Make sure any you have are compatable with reefs.
I think that's about it. Water quality good, upgrade lights and add corals.
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?Fertilizers? -
Most important is the lights. Since you'll be upgrading, I would suggest LED lights such as Taotronics. There is a lengthly LED lighting thread which I think is in the getting started thread. Normally 1 unit per 2 feet length, but If that is a 7 ft tank, I'd see how many dividers it has (2 dividers=3 lights, 3 dividers = 4 lights). These lights will support anything you will want in the tank.
Water Quality is much more important in a Reef than a FO tank. Nutrient export has to be 100%, so a quality skimmer as well as macro algae in the sump. Make sure your nitrates and phosphates are both 0 (you can do this while still running as a FO) with no algae build-up in the tank.
Rocks, if you don't have any yet (you didn't say FOWLR). You can slowly add them to the DT, or place them in a heated rubbermaid container with the right salt levels and cycle them seperate from the tank. This can take a few weeks.
Fish. Make sure any you have are compatable with reefs.
I think that's about it. Water quality good, upgrade lights and add corals.
I am actually getting rid of all my fish because none are reef compatable and it is a FOWLR I have plenty I live Rock and I already have macro algae in my sump my water quality is already good the only thing I really need is lighting and it is an 8 foot tank so I would have to do 4 units?
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