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Old 05-28-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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Hi , I've been keeping freshwater fish for years , I have a 55g tank and I'am thinking about changing to saltwater !
I was going to use my HOB marine land 350 filter and thinking about buying a Ehiem filter 2217 a HOB protein skimmer any suggestions !
I was also going to buy 65 lb of live rock but there are so many people selling live rock Online line and they all get mixed reviews I don't now who to believe !! I'm also going to buy live sand and have a 4 inch bed !
Any suggestions would be appreciated !
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
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Regardless of how or where you get live rock, I'd still cure it. When you set it up you have to cycle the tank which can take up to 6 weeks. Live rock works in many ways from filtration to deco. What are your plans with the tank? Fowlr or reef?
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Thank you for replying , I was thinking I would probably start of with FOWLR and with the more experience with saltwater I get I would slowly change to a reef , with the set up I mention would it be ok !
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Old 05-28-2012, 04:45 PM   #4
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I'm not an expert on canister filters so I couldn't give you an accurate answer on that one. I'm a big believer in refugium and wet/dry filters. Hob filters are ok too though. My first sw tank was filtered by two penguin bio-wheel filters and did fine for years.
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Old 05-28-2012, 05:29 PM   #5
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This would be my first canister filter I've researched about them and if I change out the bio balls for something better like crushed live rock I shouldn't have any nitrate problems !
I'm planing on only putting reef friendly fish from the start so I won't have any problems later on , I'm staying away from any tangs because my tank is too small and they are prone to ich .
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Old 05-30-2012, 01:16 AM   #6
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I started my 55 with a canister filter and it did a good job keeping the water clear kept it on the tank for about two months and then got rid of it. If you haven't bought it yet you should just save the money and invest it in to other equipment. Will you have a sump? How about a skimmer? What are you going to use for water movement.
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Old 06-03-2012, 11:56 AM   #7
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Thank you for replying , I had planned on getting the canister filter but I'm going to save my money and see how it goes without it.I'm not using a sump,
I'm still going to use my marine land 350 and I'm planning on buying a HOB skimmer I was thinking of using the aqua c remora are they any good any how noisy are they my tank is a 55g and I'am planning on buying 55-65lb of live rock and 100lb of live sand I want a 4 inch bed of sand ! If you have any suggestion please they would be greatly appreciated !! Thank you
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Fish only or do you want corals?
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Old 06-03-2012, 12:11 PM   #9
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Sorry I had forgot that you were going to start with fish. I went with mostly base rock from reefcleaners.org. you can get 50lb of dry rock for what I think was $80 with shipping included. I also added about 20lb live to help seed it. And about two months ago I added another 20lb dry rubble rock to the sump. I know have some bubble algae in the tank that must have come on one of the rocks. So my point is that if I was to do it again I would've done all base rock.
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My goal is to end up with a reef tank, I was going to start with a fowlr and only have reef friendly fish and slowly change to reef , I'm not sure about the lights and also was thinking of using the glass tops that you can buy instead of leaving it uncovered would that make any difference to the tank ! I know it would slow down the evaporation ! Once again thank you for replying !
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