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Old 01-07-2012, 03:04 PM   #1
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55 Gallon Tank

As some people know, I was saving up for a 29 gallon biocube, but recently got a 55 gallon tank. I was planning on using it for goldfish, but have decided that it might be better for my saltwater tank. It has two of the bigger aquatech filters, and a titanium(I think) heater. What else would I need? Would it be worth it to replace lights and get all the equipment, or should I just save up for the biocube? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Old 01-07-2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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Oh, and my stock will be this:
2 occelaris clowns(1 regular, 1 b&w)
1 orange lined cardinalfish
1 yellow banded possum wrasse
6 sexy shrimp
And a few various corals. I have a list on my computer, but I don't have access to it at this moment. How many more fish would I be able to get with the 55 gallon?
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Old 01-07-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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with a salt water tank you dont really need filters other then live rock about 1-1.5 lbs per gallon. a protein skimmer is a good thing to, you will want some power heads to move the water for a fowlr you want about 10 x flow so for a 55 gallon you want 550 gph or for corals you want 20 x flow
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What about lights?
Some of the corals are:
Brain Coral, Favites
Candy Cane coral
Button polyp
Think finger leather
And there was maybe one or two more I can't remember right now.
So the filters would be useless, and I would need powerheads... what else for mechanical equipment? I already know about the live rock and stuff.
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What about lights?
Some of the corals are:
Brain Coral, Favites
Candy Cane coral
Button polyp
Think finger leather
And there was maybe one or two more I can't remember right now.
So the filters would be useless, and I would need powerheads... what else for mechanical equipment? I already know about the live rock and stuff.
I wouldn't say that the filters are useless, just not a necessity. As for other equipment you would need a protein skimmer.
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Oh, yeah, the protien skimmer. What would you reccomend for that? I can also go to my lfs sometime this week to look at what equipment they have.
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What about a sump? What size tank would I need for it?
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you dont really need a sump i know ppl with 100 gallon tanks with out one. as for lights your going to want some t5s how many is dependent on how deep the tank is basic is 3 watts per gallon, and skimmer thats the big one im currently up grading from a coralife super skimmer 65 personally i would stay away from them, with a skimmer i would double the capacity so for a 55 gallon tank you would want a skimmer rated for a 110 gallon
Reef Octopus Hang-on-the-Back 2000 OCT-BH2000 - English this is the one i just purchased
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I also want to add some more fish, since its a larger tank. Would an Orange Stripe Prawn Goby fit in with my other fish? I will make a list of possible other fish for you guys to give your opinion on.
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you dont really need a sump i know ppl with 100 gallon tanks with out one. as for lights your going to want some t5s how many is dependent on how deep the tank is basic is 3 watts per gallon, and skimmer thats the big one im currently up grading from a coralife super skimmer 65 personally i would stay away from them, with a skimmer i would double the capacity so for a 55 gallon tank you would want a skimmer rated for a 110 gallon
Reef Octopus Hang-on-the-Back 2000 OCT-BH2000 - English this is the one i just purchased
That protein skimmer is WAY too expensive. I need the cheapest possible setup that will still work well. I don't have any income, cause I'm only 14.
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