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Old 01-01-2014, 02:35 AM   #1
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I am considering making the 55 gallon tank a sw tank

So I recently transferred my african cichlids from my 55 gal to my new 100 gallon set up. I considering making the 55 a salt water tank. My question to you is what do I need? Bare minimum to get started. All I have is fresh water equipment (tank, lights, heater and filter).
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So I recently transferred my african cichlids from my 55 gal to my new 100 gallon set up. I considering making the 55 a salt water tank. My question to you is what do I need? Bare minimum to get started. All I have is fresh water equipment (tank, lights, heater and filter).

What type of tank are you wanting to do, reef or fowlr?
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:25 PM   #4
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With live rock right? If so you will need around 55-75 lbs of live rock and sand. You will want a protein skimmer as well. The heater and lights from your fw tank should be fine. You will need salt, instant ocean will work fine. Um you will need power heads to create current as well.
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What about filtration? Are my hob's sufficient? Is a protein skimmer a must?
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I'm completely ignorant when it comes to sw
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What about filtration? Are my hob's sufficient? Is a protein skimmer a must?
Live rock is your main filtration. On that size tank you will really want a protein skimmer.
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Depends on how much fish you plan to have but hob is pushing it. I would recommend a protein skimmer besides it will help a lot in the long run.
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I was planning on starting out with one fish just to see if I can keep up with the maintenance I hear that is associated with sw.
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I think you will need a protein skimmer just to be safe.
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