So I picked up this lovely 75 gallon tank for 75 bucks today. Now I am faced with a challenge...what do I do with it. Well, I would love to have it be a high-tech, planted tank. If I go this route, I could use one of my other tanks for..."other" things. However, a SW
tank is not out of the question, but it does raise some questions.
:Instead of using the 75 gallon tank for a high-tech planted tank, I set it up as a saltwater tank. The tank would begin as FOWLR
, and ever so slowly it would evolve into a reef of some sort.
Whether I use the tank for SW
, I plan on ordering the Catalina Aquariums 4x54 T5 fixture. What options does this give me as far as corals go?
If I decide to use the 75 gallon tank for a high-tech planted tank, I will filter it with either a Rena XP3 or a Rena XP4. However, if I decide to go with a saltwater tank, what kind of filtration would I need? Would a canister still be appropriate? Or would a cheaper HoB
110) be sufficient? A sump is out of the question. I'd like to keep things as simple as possible right now.
I also know that most of your biological filtration in a SW
tank comes from your live rock
. I have heard theories that you should use 2 lbs of LR
for each gallon of water. This is where one of the cost concerns comes in. Live Rock
does not appear to be cheap. This would be a major cost for this aquarium, especially if a canister is suggested.
Also, I've heard about skimmers, but I know nothing about them. Are they necessary? What exactly do they do?
If I decide to go with a planted tank, I think I will use a mixture of pool filter sand and something similar to Schultz' Aquatic Soil. However, if I go with SW
, can I just use pool filter sand? Do I need to go with something like "live sand" or crushed coral? How much sand would you suggest for a 75 gallon tank?
I have heard that the only time you have to much water flow in a SW
tank, is when your fish appear to be pinned up against the glass, rock, etc. What do you think the minimum amount of flow for a 75 gallon SW
It is my understand that many SW
fish and corals especially, are picky eaters that require specific foods and even target feeding. This may pose a problem. I am going to be living 45 minutes away from the tank Monday-Friday afternoon during the schoolyear. My parents would have to take care of the tank, and I'm not sure they'd be all too thrilled about putting so much effort into MY tank. Can I set up a nice tank that only requires feeding one or two different foods?
As I previously mentioned, I will be away from the tank most of the time. Will this pose a problem? I will only be home to personally take care of the tank for about 3 days. What are your thoughts?
What do I need to pay attention to with regards to water quality? Can I use tap water, or is it mandatory that I use RO
? If I do water changes once a week, how much do I need to change at a time?
I already picked up the tank($75), and my dad is going to help me build a stand. What can I expect to spend for salt(on a regular basis), live rock
, a cleanup crew, and equipment(heater, filtration, skimmer)? I already plan on spending $150-200 for the light.
: I turn the 75 gallon tank into a high-tech, planted tank, and I free up one or more of my other tanks: 29g, 30g, and a 20g(tall).
I currently have a 24" 65 watt CF
fixture on my 29g tank. What would my options be if I left it on the 29g tank and turned it into SW
? What if I moved it over to the 20g(tall) instead? What would you suggest for affordable lighting if I were to turn my 30g tank into SW
What would you suggest to properly filter either the 29g or 20g if I were to turn one of them into a SW
How limited would my fish and coral options be if I decided to use either the 29g or 20g as a SW
tank? I also have a 30 gallon tank, Would this limit my options very much?
Thanks in advance.