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Old 10-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #1
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150 gallon tank build

This is my first saltwater tank. I would love to reef but it will start out fish only. I have only my 150 tank, single over flow, stand, canopy, and Skimmer. Im gonna to be doing this on a budget. I have a 10 gallon tank that I thought I could use as a sump but found out in was to small. Any and all suggestions and tips on equipment will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:12 PM   #2
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A 10 gallon sump is way to small. I have a 125 gallon reef tank with a 55 gallon sump. Depending on what type of fish you want I would throw rock in the tank first & cycle it without fish. Like Tangs for instance need rock to swim in & out of & whole for them to hide in since they get scared & stressed easily. Plus with Tangs you want to wait a long time to put one in until your tank gets established. If your going to eventually do reef I would start with Instant Ocean Reef Crystals & also look into a RODI system. If I new about that system before I used tap water I would of bought one from the get go, since I got brown diatom that was horrible! Good luck on your new hobby!
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Maybe a 55 or 30 go sump and use the 10 as an ATO system
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:20 PM   #4
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Maybe a 55 or 30 go sump and use the 10 as an ATO system
What is an ato system?
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So I bought the tank used it doesn't leak but the glass was cloudy so I used a sponge, a Scrapper, and vinegar to clean it. Done it before but one side is still cloudy the rest of the tank came clean. Any more ideas?
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So I bought the tank used it doesn't leak but the glass was cloudy so I used a sponge, a Scrapper, and vinegar to clean it. Done it before but one side is still cloudy the rest of the tank came clean. Any more ideas?
Soak it in vinegar.. Don't use a scrapper or anything like an SOS pad or your scratch it. We soaked ours in vinegar & it came out clean & not cloudy like it was. Ours was one hot mess since the previous owner (of our freshwater) didn't maintenance or clean it for a year.
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You can use a glass scraper if the tank is glass. It won't get scratched. Acrylic gets scratched very easily though.
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So I soaked towels in vinegar and let it soak for close to 12 hours with no results. Glass and towels were still wet this morning.
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