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Old 07-11-2012, 01:27 AM   #1
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Freshy thinking of taking the plunge...

I'm debating on whether or not to take the salt plunge right now. I figured I'd start asking a bunch of questions to help figure out what to do.

My initial concern is equipment. Currently my planted tank setup includes:
70g tank
Aqueon proflex Model 3 sump
CPR CS90 overflow
Rio 2100 return pump
Fluval E300 and E250 heaters
Hydor 425 Powerhead
Maxijet 2500(?) powerhead
Wavepoint Quad T5 light (i still have the Actinic and 10000K bulbs)

What else would I need to get a reef tank started?
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:26 AM   #2
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A good Protein Skimmer is a must
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Old 07-11-2012, 09:26 AM   #3
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Well salt!

Really though your equipment should transfer over fine. Your powerheads(i'm assuming that is a maxi jet 1200) are a little low for a reef so you may want to add another. The only other major piece you will need is a protein skimmer.
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First, what do you want this tank to be? You've got the major equipment other than a skimmer, but your missing the small ones. Refractometer, test kits, etc. For test kits, don't waste your money on API, do salifert. If your doing reef and you are doing some sps, get a mag, ca, and alk kit also.
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Well salt!

Really though your equipment should transfer over fine. Your powerheads(i'm assuming that is a maxi jet 1200) are a little low for a reef so you may want to add another. The only other major piece you will need is a protein skimmer.
Yeah its a 1200 haha, should have looked at the box earlier...

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First, what do you want this tank to be? You've got the major equipment other than a skimmer, but your missing the small ones. Refractometer, test kits, etc. For test kits, don't waste your money on API, do salifert. If your doing reef and you are doing some sps, get a mag, ca, and alk kit also.
my intention would be to go reef. I was thinking of the small stuff last night.


Recommendations on a skimmer anyone? I don't want a HOB really.
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Lol "start small", thats what they all say. I like reef octopus skimmers, they are nice. Before I got a skimmer for free thats what I was going to get. You have a sump, there's no need to go hob. You might have to mod it though.
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is this light sufficient for a reef? This is what i currently have. (the bulbs are 12000k not 10 like i stated)

WavePoint T5 36" High Output T5 Aquarium Lighting Fixture, 4X39W WavePoint Lighting Wave Point

also how much rock and sand would i be needing? Tank is 70g.
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You'll be able to keep sps at the very top, but not much at the bottom because of how deep a 70 gallon is
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You'll be able to keep sps at the very top, but not much at the bottom because of how deep a 70 gallon is
My tank is 36L X 18W X 24H just so you have the dimensions.

Would this tank be big enough for a small porcupine puffer? (I know i'll have to upgrade in time)
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I don't know much about them, but I don't think you would be able to keep corals of you wanted one.
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