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Old 09-20-2005, 06:51 PM   #1
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Switching tanks

Started with a 55 gal saltwater tank. It looks pretty good. I just purchased a 110 gal XH for a freshwater. I decided fresh just doesn't get it for me in the 110 so I want to swap. Any tips and tricks to doing this? The 110 is going where the 55 was so I need to do some major emptying of both tanks. The 55 is a FOWLR with one coral. Since this 110 is about 31" deep will my lighting requirements change since I will probably stick with the FOWLR? Right now I have 4 x 65w.
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Started with a 55 gal saltwater tank. It looks pretty good. I just purchased a 110 gal XH for a freshwater. I decided fresh just doesn't get it for me in the 110 so I want to swap. Any tips and tricks to doing this?
Be prepared. First, make sure you have plenty of aged SW on hand to make up the difference. I suggest 60-70gals ready to go. Save as much water from the 55 as you can in rubbermaid tubs. Depending on how young your tank is and how much livestock you have in it, be ready to experience a mini-cycle due to a disruption in the Biological filtration.

More info on your tank would help...How old, livestock, substrate, filtration, amount of LR???

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The 55 is a FOWLR with one coral. Since this 110 is about 31" deep will my lighting requirements change since I will probably stick with the FOWLR? Right now I have 4 x 65w.
Not really much light for that size of tank. What kind of coral? How long is the tank?
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My 55 is only about 3 months old. The substrate is strictly live sand, my filtration is a wet/dry with a canister filter. My LR comes in at about 60lbs. I have about 3 damsels, two tangs, a dragon goby, a lawnmower blenny, maybe 3 other fish can't even remember what they are,, duh. Some crabs, a sea hair, one scallop, my brain coral, that's about it. The new 110 is 48w x 18d x 31h.
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I had a 150 cube tank, similar in depth to yours. It was very hard to light. I had 660 watts of VHO lighting and it still was not enough. The light just could not get to the bottom.
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But is lighting that critical with FOWLR only?
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Its only that critical if youre going the reef route.
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