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Old 02-03-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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New 55g Setup, How'd I do?

Hey All,

The wife and I went to the LFS yesterday, and took the plunge.

We bought our 55g setup:

Marineland 55g tank
Eheim Professional II 2026 External Aquarium Filter (up to 92 gal, 251 gph)
Perfecto Manufacturing Hood w/ Single Fluorescent Bulb
2 Penguin 170GPH PowerHead's
250watt Marineland Stealth heater
Marineland Sedona Red Oak Wood Stand
Instant Ocean 50g salt mix
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~$592 OTD

We will be using a 3" Live Sand Bed.


So how did we do? The only thing I am considering changing before we open it is the Light. I didn't relyize it was a single bulb light. What's Your guy's input?

The Eheim was suppose to be the best filter system, it was like $240. The LFS also said he suggested using an HOB type filter as well to relieve some of the pressure from the canister filter, What do you guys think? We bought 2 model's past the minimum needed for a 55g tank thinking it would handle the load with NO problem.

The Package came with a Magnum 350 Pro Canister filter, but we upgreaded to the Eheim system.

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Old 02-03-2006, 11:07 AM   #2
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Not bad but I would change out a couple of things.

I would get more powerful power heads that put out closer to 300 gph. The Maxi-Jet 1200, Penguin 1140, or Seio Super Pumps are all good choices.

The Eheim Professional II 2026 is a nice canister filter but sells online for $160 so you may want to return it for the $240 you paid at the lfs. Not sure why the lfs would advise an a HOB unit as well. Really 1-1.5 lbs of lr per gal would be more beneficial for bio-filtration than any canister filter. Personally I like the power/quality of the Magnum 350 which is almost half the price.

I would get at least one more bag of salt (50 gal) to start.
And as you suggested return the cheap hood which probably cost $60+ at the lfs and get a PC online like the 48" 4x65W Coralife Aqualight CF hood

Don’t forget to get a hydrometer/thermometer or even better a Refractometer to accurately measure sg.

Also a AP Liquid Salt Water Master Test Kit to test the basic ph/nh3/no2/no3 if you haven’t already bought one.
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Old 02-03-2006, 11:10 AM   #3
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What you have is great for a fish only tank. You need to upgrade the lights if you're going to include corals in your aquarium. Sensitive corals will also appriciate having a protien skimmer.

I don't think you need a second filter for a fish only tank. Just make sure you clean the canister regularly and it will be fine. If you're going reef, you can add additional powerheads for circulation.

You might also consider live rock and live sand at this stage. Even if you don't do a reef tank, the live rock will help your tank cycle faster, so you can be ready for fish sooner.
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tecwzrd: We have a bucket of Instant Ocean that we already had, we also have a Refractometer, and a Liquid test kit. This is an upgrade tank from a 29gal.

If you take the price we paid for this whole package, the package included the $139 Magnum 350 Pro; we paid $100 for the Eheim upgrade. If we would have bought all this stuff separate we would have been out over 2x the money.

With the 251GPH from the filter and 170GPH from each power head that’s 590GPH. At the recommended 10-15 times the tank volume that would be 550-825GPH. So we fall in-between that number. Though I guess at the lower end. Maybe we will upgrade, I worry about too much flow and having fish struggle to swim, as we like to buy our fish small and let them grow.

Is there a company that makes a PC hood? I am not fond of the glass top with a PC standing 3-6" over the tank. I would much prefer to have a PC built into a hood, like the Perfecto Hood I got (But with the better light obviously).


dskidmore: We are getting a protein skimmer from a friend. What is there to clean in the canister? It uses ceramic cylinders, and Biologisches filter substrate... The only thing that will need to be changed is the sponge pads. The LFS said the fine sponge pad should be changed every 6 months, and the course sponge pad should be changed once a year.

We will have a 3" sand bed as stated above, it will be some Live Sand, and some non-live sand. We will be getting LR as well, but as it is very expensive, it won’t be right away, we will be adding it over time.

There's no harm in LR and the canister filter thought right? The more filtration the better?


P.S. Is there any preferable place to put the heater & filter intake/exit tubes? I assume the Power Heads should be at the 2 back L & R corners pointing toward the front center of the tank? On my 29g I have the heater right in the middle so as to try and heat the tank eavenly, instead of having it off to one side and having the other side of the tank a few degrees cooler. As for the filter, where should the intake, and exit tubes be placed?

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I forgot you were upgrading from the 29 If the ph was part of the package and you can’t replace them without costing a lot more than that is fine. I wouldn’t worry to much about current since the fish will find a place to settle within the rock. I’m up to 2200 gph now so I just drop out two ph at night so the fish can sleep.
The Coralife lights I linked have an Acrylic Lens Cover to protect from water splashes.

I use lr and a canister and as long as you keep your canister clean its fine.
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How about the placement of the Heater, PH's, & In/Out tubes for the filter?

So my only option with a PC is to go with a glass top and have the light stand above the tank? No PC/Hood Combo?

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Out of these: eBay List

Which under $200 Buy-It-Now is the best?

What's the deal with Lunar lighting? Is it good for the fish, or is it just personal pref?

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The Coralife Aqualight unit for $195 is a PC/Hood Combo so I’m not sure what you mean.

The ebay item listed here is the same thing and its only $125.

Moon lights are beneficial to help illuminate your tank at night and I like them.

For ph I place one on each end aiming to surface for good O2 exchange. For heater placement I’d put it horizontally in the sump (if you have one) or horizontally and low in the back behind rock. For canister intake/output just about anywhere but I wouldn’t put them too close to each other or the powerheads.
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what FS did you go to?
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Old 02-03-2006, 02:21 PM   #10
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Why?


tecwzrd: I know the description said Hood, but the picture just shows just a light... Maybe I am using the word Hood incorrectly...

What I mean is a tank cover. From what i've seen all the PC lights stand on feet above the tank, and you use a glass top. I would much prefer to have a tank cover like the perfecto, but have the PC light.

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