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Old 02-14-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Question convering FW 55 gallon to SW help!!

We previously had a 55 gallon freshwater tank, and all of our fish got ick, and it didnt turn out so well. so we figured we would start a saltwater tank, something we have always wanted to do.
So my first of many questions is...
Can we use the same filter we have? it is an AquaTec 30/60 with carbon filters.
Of course we are getting a protein skimmer and all the goodies. but for now will that be ok? or is it absolutely not ok?
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For the filter, most people use live rock as biological filtration. Good place to start is 1-1.5lbs per gallon, and you can add more from there. But, yeah you could use your filter too, but they tend to become nitrate factories when not cleaned routinely. As for sand, go with dry aragonite, about 1-2lbs per gallon. As for skimmers, I would go with either a CPR Aquatics or Reef Octopus skimmer. I highly recommend Hydor Koralias for powerheads, two K2's or two K2's should work. I would start with Instant Ocean for salt. Get a refractometer as they are a lot more accurate than hydrometers. Depending on if you are going to make it a reef or not, the Nova Extreme Pro 6x54w T5 HO fixture from Current USA would allow you to keep anything, if not going reef, any old aquarium light would work. Grab a liquid test kit. Get two heaters in case one fails, or grab an extra one if you already have one from when you had it set up as a freshy. Get a thermometer if you don't have one already. Errr....think that covers it all?
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ok just out of curiosity, i was searching what chemicals i should have on hand just in case or that i need all the time, and we bought a buffer and a conditioner, is there anything else that i need? and thank you for the much needed info! that helped a lot! we were looking for a good skimmer and all the ones we found got bad reviews! so thank you so much!
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ok just out of curiosity, i was searching what chemicals i should have on hand just in case or that i need all the time, and we bought a buffer and a conditioner, is there anything else that i need? and thank you for the much needed info! that helped a lot! we were looking for a good skimmer and all the ones we found got bad reviews! so thank you so much!

Might want to look into a RO/DI unit too, it will pretty much remove everything from your water such as metals and chlorine and get the total dissloved solids of your water as close to zero as possible. Most people don't use any buffers except for calcium or chemicals as your salt will buffer everything you need and a simple weekly water change will replenish everything. Too many additives will create an unstable system which will most likely crash eventually.
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ok i see that a lot, what is an RO/DI?
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Reverse osmosis and deionization unit. It filters your water and gets your TDS as close to zero as possible, basically it removes metals, chlorine, and other things in your water that are harmful to your tank inhabitants.
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How much does something like that cost?
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Usually $100-$250 depending on how many stages and the gallons-per-day (GPD) output.
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ok so if i get one of those, and a protein skimmer, and have live rock..i wont need any other kind of filtration?
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Pretty much. The RO/DI will filter the water right from the tap, then you take that water and either mix salt in it for filling the tank and water changes, or you use it to top the tank off when the water level gets low from evaporation.
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