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Old 07-05-2013, 04:34 PM   #1
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getting a taste of the salty side :)

so i've always kept freshwater fish for as long as i can remember. i didn't want to start saltwater because of the preconception that it's hard and laborious. the upfront costs were also very daunting. after I've convinced myself that 4 freshwater fish tanks are enough and it's about time to get my hands dirty with saltwater.

my ideal tank would be a reef tank. i understand more work is needed and more dedication is required for the corals than FWLRO.

I've a 55gal tank with regular T5HO fluorescent bulbs. i'm going to upgrade the bulbs. the filter is Fluval. i have some sand that is labeled for cichlids.

Just like how i do my freshwater tanks, i will do a thorough research before diving into the water. Any suggestions or advices are welcome. Any articles/helpful links will be read. Thank you guys
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ps. i'm here to learn
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Old 07-05-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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My suggestions would be use live sand instead because if you use chiclid sand you would have to seed it with live rock and live rock can be expensive. Second buy an ro/di unit it will save you in the long run. Third when it comes too a reef the more live rocks the better. For a 55 you should probably go to about 1-2 pounds of live rock per gallon the more live rock the better. Fourth invest in a sump and get a protein skimmer fitted for twice the size of your tank then you can get the cycle going while you grab the equipment and rocks.
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I made a 55 gallon sw reef. I've spent $220. I have no filter or sump. Just powerheads a heater and cheap protein skimmer
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I made a 55 gallon sw reef. I've spent $220. I have no filter or sump. Just powerheads a heater and cheap protein skimmer
Do you keep lps or sps or just softies.
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Lps and softys no Sps.
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Lps and softys no Sps.
Interesting did you get it off of Craig list because sometimes I know they have it for a steal
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is it possible to have a self-sustaining reef system? i have done a self-sustaining planted tank and i really like the idea. with the exception of occasional water change and pruning of the plants, my freshwater tank has done exceptionally well. i don't even feed some of the fish as they feed of from algae on the plants. For this saltwater tank, i would like some corals, fish, invertebrates, and etc all within the tank if possible.
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Yes I got almost everything off Craigslist including corals. And no you can't have a self sustaining reef but you can get close. Which is what I'm doing.
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Yes I got almost everything off Craigslist including corals. And no you can't have a self sustaining reef but you can get close. Which is what I'm doing.
could you provide a picture of your setup and what you have in it?
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