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Old 10-11-2004, 09:54 PM   #1
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Got a couple of questions here...

Well, the 55 gal tank I was suppose to buy from a dude hasn't happened yet because I never heard back from him... HOWEVER, today I dropped in the LFS and my favorite guy was working there, and he said he had a 55 gal tank to give me for FREE!! Woohoo!!! But it is just the tank, nothing else. Here are my questions:

1. The tank is dirty, used to be saltwater, what should I use to clean it? It is acrylic so it needs to be gentle in order to not scratch it.

2. What is a good filter to buy? I'm on a college student budget and don't have much to spend, but I don't want something crappy either. I've heard a bunch of brand names, but I don't know why or what makes them good. I plan on ordering online so they should be less expensive.

3. What lighting can I get that comes with a hood? Will I need a glass top or is there lighting that already has protection from water? I would like to grow plants so 2 wpg would be nice. More would be awesome.

Everything else I think I can take care of. Thanks guys!! This is the first time I've pieced together a system instead of buying a kit. I'm excited!!! (and I'm so happy about getting the free tank because now I can afford new parts instead of used!!)
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Old 10-12-2004, 12:55 AM   #2
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1. Vinegar and water

2. I love the Via Aqua over the Fluval. Both are basically the same canister filters, but the VA is quieter (IMO), and it has handles. I found mine on eBay.

3. That's not my departement.
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Old 10-12-2004, 10:02 AM   #3
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thanks menagerie, as always, you've come to my rescue! hehe.
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:20 AM   #4
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But you are still waiting for an answer to your lighting Q. Come on people, help her out!
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Old 10-12-2004, 11:24 AM   #5
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haha, thanks for bumping the thread
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Old 10-12-2004, 06:55 PM   #7
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You may want to talk with the DIY selfers. They may have a $$saving idea.
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Old 10-12-2004, 07:21 PM   #8
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If you want a planted tank you'll want a glass canopy.

I know it might be a stretch on the budget but you're better off buying quality lighting the first time around. I bought mine from AH Supply and I couldn't be happier. Go to their website and either email or phone them. They'll be happy to work with you.
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Old 10-13-2004, 01:23 AM   #9
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Does AH Supply sell premaid sets? I know absolutly nothing about making my own, and I'd rather not venture down that road without knowing at least a little something.
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If you can use a drill and a screw driver you can do it. It's really very simple and fun to build the entire thing yourself. JMO. Finished power compacts are available but are very expensive for a 55g.
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