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Old 07-15-2014, 11:28 PM   #1
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new saltwater 55g tank help

Hi all,

Im converting a 55g freshwater tank to a salt water.
I just ordered Dry live rock and sand.

I ordered dry live rock online instead of live rock at the local pet store because
the pet store wanted $400.00 or more for live Fuji rock. SO I decided for $130.00 to cure the rock myself. IM not in a big rush and im fine cycling the tank for months if needed.

I also have 2 hydor wave makers 850gph and im looking at a Reef Octopus
BH90 skimmer.

My question is I have a MARINELAND C360 100g rated canister filter with the bio trays. I think there are 5.
1. large sponge filters
2. plastic bio balls
3. ceramic noodle like media
4. carbon bags
5. a white filter to filter the water

I don't want to disregard this unit since its 4 months old. Can I use Some trays
for salt water?

this Is my first reef saltwater unit
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Using a canister in saltwater is being avoided by most due to its high maintenance and the source of high nitrates when neglected. If you are not going to have a sump to hide most of the filtration you then have to settle for hob skimmer. You do not need any filtration while cycling.
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is a sump better then using a HOB skimmer on a 55 gallon??
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I run a hob skimmer on my 55 and it grows everything in there just make sure you get one rated for the sonething kike a 75 gal tank

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The sump is a place where you hide the ugly stuff hanging on your display tank. An hob skimmer can have micro bubbles.
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If you get micro bubbles you can make a bubble catcher I done that using an acrylic breeding container and some fikter floss. It doubles as a pod breeding ground

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Hi all,

Im converting a 55g freshwater tank to a salt water.
I just ordered Dry live rock and sand.

I ordered dry live rock online instead of live rock at the local pet store because
the pet store wanted $400.00 or more for live Fuji rock. SO I decided for $130.00 to cure the rock myself. IM not in a big rush and im fine cycling the tank for months if needed.

I also have 2 hydor wave makers 850gph and im looking at a Reef Octopus
BH90 skimmer.

My question is I have a MARINELAND C360 100g rated canister filter with the bio trays. I think there are 5.
1. large sponge filters
2. plastic bio balls
3. ceramic noodle like media
4. carbon bags
5. a white filter to filter the water

I don't want to disregard this unit since its 4 months old. Can I use Some trays
for salt water?

this Is my first reef saltwater unit

I'd like to welcome you to the saltwater side of the hobby.

I personally have a 55g reef tank.
I run only a HOB skimmer, two Jebao WP-25's and a heater of course.

How many pounds of rock did you order? Where from?

It's hard to get your hands on the RO bh-90. I looked at the same unit when I setup this tank...
I ended up getting a Bh-1000 instead.
As I wanted to buy it from a company like BRS, and not eBay or a sketchy looking site.

Your Powerheads should be a good turnover rate for the tank.

The canister is debatable. It can be used successfully with regular cleaning. Regular deep cleaning I should say.
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