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Old 01-24-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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ok so since i got my 55 gallon salt set up i've become less interested in my freshwater tanks.

so i've already sold one of my 75 gallon tanks, and will probably have the other 75 sold sometime this week.

my plan is to get a 120 or 150 gallon (6 foot tank) and transfer my 55 gallon into it and have one big saltwater tank.

Im getting more LR, more aragonite and more power heads.

I will most likely be getting a sump, what should i look for in a sump and what do i need to put in it?
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For 120 gallon you will need at least a 40 gallon sump. You can get the 120 g drilled for overflow box and return. You will need in sump protein skimmer, a lot more LR for the 120, about 100lbs should be a good start and you will need a return pump. Mag7-9.5 will do. Maybe some macro algae for the sump. If you have a look at the pics on my profile of my 120g you will have a good idea.
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Why not use your 55 if it will fit easily
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the tank im getting is drilled and has a corner overflow. it also comes with a 55 gallon sump

i already have 60 pounds of liverock and about 100 pounds of dried coral skeleton. i was thinking if i put all that in there, it'll be enough once the dried coral becomes live.

also i currently have a super reef octopus LX1000 HOB skimmer. its rated for 100 gallons. it works amazingly.

i was wondering, if i could just install it into my sump and still use it as my skimmer
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Alot of folks dont even use a skimmer so what you have is better than nothing but dont expect it to do as good a job as it`s doing on the smaller tank. Congrats on the upgrade.
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Alot of folks dont even use a skimmer so what you have is better than nothing but dont expect it to do as good a job as it`s doing on the smaller tank. Congrats on the upgrade.
thanks. how can some people get away without using a skimmer on a large tank? are they doing PWC every week?

i personally dont want to spend thousands of dollars on salt.

ill probably sell this skimmer and buy a bigger one for my sump
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I think it`s a good idea to get a bigger skimmer. I love my skimmer and would not do with out but I know several that dont use one and yes the do weekly PWC`s.
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thanks. how can some people get away without using a skimmer on a large tank? are they doing PWC every week?

i personally dont want to spend thousands of dollars on salt.

ill probably sell this skimmer and buy a bigger one for my sump

That would be a good idea. I used a Octopus BH1000 on my 46 g it was rated up to 90 g, but if you plan on keeping corals I would invest in bigger in sump skimmer. You could sell your skimmer for about $120 and pick up a new in sump one for about $250-$300. It will be well worth it. For the time being though you can use your HOB in your sump, but I would recommend getting a proper skimmer, will save you money in the long run
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thanks for the advice.

would 60 pounds of LR and 100 pounds of coral skeleton be enough for a 120 or 150 gallon tank?
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For now yes. The 60 pounds of LR will seed the sand and crushed coral. Eventually you will want more LR though. I have 200lbs in my 120g and sump tank... I have 165lbs in DT and 35lbs in sump

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