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Old 02-07-2005, 09:19 PM   #1
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getting started on a saltwater tank

i have a 39 gallon tank i am going to turn to saltwater. I have had freshwater fish for years always wanted a saltwater tank.

I have 40lbs of Arogonite reef sand,14lbs of Instant Ocean Reef Crystals,and a Aqua Clear Aquatics CAP-800 power head and a deep six hydrometer
What else do i need?

Is the CAP-800 power head to big for this tank?

Will the filter ive been using for freshwater not sure the brand but its the doublesided one that the filters slide in the top.

Can i use some of the rocks from my freshwater tank in saltwater?

Sorry for all the questions but me and my wife are excited about getting started!!
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Old 02-07-2005, 09:32 PM   #2
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The ph should be fine I would think. You will just have to position it for the best flow.The hob filters work for both sw and fw. The rocks depend on what kind they are but I would think that if your fw fish didn't die they might be alright. Did they come from a lfs? What else you need will depend on what you are going to be getting. FO, FOWLR, or reef. Give us some ideas about what you think you might like to have in your tank. Then we can give you some ideas on what to start with.
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I love the saltwater fish and the live plants or whatever there called im not very familiar with the names.

is it ossible to have a little of all in one 39gallon tank fish,live rock and the live plants (what is the proper name)?
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Live plants are all algae in sw. But you may be talking about corals which are animals. Your next main concern will be lighting. What do you have?
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Old 02-07-2005, 10:30 PM   #5
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corals and the stuff like the little nemo fish get in stuff like that

all i have are the lights which came with the tank if one blows i get another at walmart so im sure i need other lights

We are cleaning it up as we speak
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The lighting is going to be your next hurdle, the best for corals is mh but you can use vho as well. A little more limited as what you can keep with the vho but a good rule of thumb is 5 watts per gallon but it's not an exact science.
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Power compacts and T5's are also a good choice for a smaller tank. The prices have really come down recently. Check on ebay for good deals. Also www.hellolights.com has some nice ones if money is not a big issue.
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Old 02-07-2005, 11:57 PM   #8
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24 inch 10,000K AQUARIUM COMPACT LIGHT saltwater
would this be to small 65.00 on ebay
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How many watts total? You are going to need a total wattage of between 120 and 220 watts as a base line. That's 3 to 5 watts per gallon. Take the wattage total and divide it by 39(tank size).
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Also how long is your tank? You don't want to much dead space on the ends. A little is ok but not a whole lot.
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