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Old 10-18-2003, 09:23 AM   #1
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converting to salt water

hey guys, new to this forum, and looking for help. I currently have a 4 ft long (approx 150 ltrs) fresh water, with some cichlids in it. I am considering changing over to salt water and want to know the bets way to go about it. I have a fluval 300 external canister filter, under gravel filter running the full length of the tank, and a four foot light. I have two hang on the side filters and a power head sitting in my shed. Do I keep the fluval, cahange back to the two filters or get rid of the whole lot and change over to a dedicated salt water tank with a sump. Also, what is a protien skimmer and what does it do, in plain english. I don't want to spend lots of money and then find out I had bought the wrong things. Some basic down to earth advice would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time.
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The best way that I would suggest starting a saltwater tank to anyone new, is:

All you need is a tank, 1 to 1.5 lbs of Live Rock per gallon, a 4 to 6" Deep Sand Bed, a couple of good powerheads, a heater, and a thermometer, hydrometer, multi-test kit for ammonia, nitrite, ph and nitrate, and a good book on the hobby. The next thing I would recommend is a huge bucket of patience

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