I'm currently in the process of converting my 55 gallon Freshwater setup to FOWLR
Saltwater. I wanted to do this but I always thought the cost was ridiculous. Turns out, the start up was only about $55 without the Live Rock which I heard was the most expensive part about SW
. This was actually my wife's idea (believe it or not) while we were at the LFS
. She talked to the owner/employee and asked specifically what was needed to start the conversion. I was told once I get the salt/water mixed up and the crushed coral washed and cleaned that I should run the system for about 2-3 days, bring them a water sample and then they will tell me if I'm ready to get fish.
This is what I was told...
Substrate (Crushed Coral)
Hydrometer and lastely Live Rock
Below is what I already have...
Here's my lighting
It has 8 or 9 of these LED
's (I think they are Moon lights) but only 1 of them is working. I need to figure out how to fix that issue
Marineland Powerhead (Unknown model or gph
Here's the tank w/ the Substrate, filter, heater and powerhead set up ready for water/salt mixture
Here's the tank w/ the salt/water mixture. My hydrometer says I'm right at the green level.
Now, this is only a few hours after mixing the salt and water together so its obviously a little cloudy. I'm looking into adding another filter to help out and also working on building a DIY HOB
Overflow and using my 10 gallon for a sump.