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Old 09-05-2013, 10:51 AM   #1
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30 Gallon Newbie!

I've been doing my research for the last couple of months and think I'm finally ready to take the plunge into the salty side of fish keeping.

I have a 30 gallon tank, coralife t5 Ho light fixture, heaters.

I'm going to get about 30 pounds if live rock and 40 pounds of sand this weekend.

I just have one... two quick questions-
1- Filter: I have a slew of HOBs and was wondering if one of those could cut it, maybe two.
2- Powerheads: should I have two? Should I invest in a wave maker model?

Looking forward to the replies and being a new salty enthusiast this weekend!
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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1. As long as its slightly oversized, yes a hob will work.
2. Invest in 2. Wavemaker (or controllable) powerheads are not a must-have, but are a very nice touch to have if you can afford it. They not only allow us to adjust and randomize flow, but they usually have several different modes as well.

Welcome to the saltie side of fish life!! Yes its expensive, yes its hands-on, and yes its worth every dollar you put into it! I wouldnt trade my sw tank for anything.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:36 PM   #3
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Thanks, this helps a lot! I didn't know a wave maker was an actual system... I thought it was just a Powerhead with a funny propeller.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:54 PM   #4
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Yeah hydor has an actual controller module you can buy to plug your hydor ph's into. Some (like vortech) come with the controller. Also vortech offers wireless controlling capability... But they are pretty pricey
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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I just found exactly what you're taking about... I don't think I'm going for something like that.. What are your tips for power setup and placement?
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its really a case by case situation there. id start with 2 powerheads, one on each side of the tank facing inwards. let them run for a week or so then adjust as needed. look for algae to form in low flow areas.
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Old 09-06-2013, 08:46 AM   #7
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For a tank like my 30 gallon, how much flow do you think I am looking for? I'm getting the powerheads along with salt, sand and rock after class tonight.
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For a tank like my 30 gallon, how much flow do you think I am looking for? I'm getting the powerheads along with salt, sand and rock after class tonight.
A good rule of thumb for reef tanks is 10x - 40x the tank volume per hour. For a fowlr tank the 10x flow would be okay but I would shoot for more if you want a reef.
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The most of a "reef" I see myself having is maybe a few soft corals or a zoo colony... but that'll be months from now
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I think 40 pounds of sand is going to be a little much for a 30 gallon. You only want about 1.5-2 inches of sandbed so 20# should be plenty use the extra money and add some more rock. i do 1.5 pounds per gallon as a rule of thumb. Sand needs to be a larger grain not sugar sand. I made that mistake and it just blew all over the tank and i wound up changing it anyway. I use the hydor controller with 4 hydor 1500s in my 210. I dont like more than about 15-20x turnover in my tanks. I would grab two power heads rated at about 400ish GPH to start with you can always add more. Your HOB filter needs to be rated for at least 50-75 gallons on a 30 gallon SW tank. There is a lot that goes into planning a tank and you dont want to do something to save money in this stage of the setup. It will likely bite you later down the road.
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