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Old 01-19-2011, 10:56 PM   #1
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how do i make my 75g saltwater capable

I have a 75 gallon freshwater aquarium that i plan on making saltwater someday soon. my only concern is how do i make it saltwater capable? i do not want to drill the tank so what are my other options? i also have a 20 gallon tank that i could maybe use as a sump(i have no idea ho that works either lol). thanks for the help
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:08 PM   #2
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all you need to make it capable for salt water is to add salt to the water. sumps, skimmers, and such are just added measures to make your life easier.
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:32 PM   #3
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are there any HOB filters and/or skimmers that i can add to make life easier?
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:36 PM   #4
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yes. as a matter of fact you can add a HOB skimmer like this one-
Reef Octopus Hang on Back Protein Skimmer BH-300
(it's always a good practice to buy your skimmer rated for 1.5-2 x your water volume).
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with that skimmer and lets say about 80-100lbs of live rock, how often and large would the water changes need to be?
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that would depend on the bio load and your feeding. i would be very comfortable with bi-weekly 15% changes, but again, it depends.
you are talking salt water, not reef, correct?
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actually i planned on corals once the tank was up and running a bit
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corals need much better water than fish for the most part. i would do 20% weekly water changes with a reef grade salt, to keep good water parameters and also replenish trace elements and calcium, and you should be fine.
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