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Old 02-03-2013, 01:31 PM   #1
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New saltwater setup

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I am transitioning from a 40gallon freshwater tank to a saltwater and I have a few questions:

1) do I need to change out all of my water in the tank before I make it salt or can I utilize the existing water in the tank?
2) in my filter should I get a new bio-wheel or is the one from the freshwater ok?
3) what steps do I need to take to make this process an easy transition?

Thus far I have given my old freshwater fish back to my LFS. Tank is completely empty besides the water from the freshwater tank... I.e. I took out all rocks/plants/decorations etc.

I have purchased the salt and a hydrometer (pics attached)

4) how do I go about mixing the salt?
5) I have been told to get an ppm in the tank to increase flow... Would it almost be better to buy a second filer and have two filters running?

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Old 02-03-2013, 01:39 PM   #2
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Ppm = pump it autocorrect end me
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:44 PM   #3
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Also what is order of operations?



1) Water and salinity
2) Live sand
3) Live rock
4) Fish
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:46 PM   #4
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Good day! I am building my second reef tank " picture attached" I would avoid using the water you have, water specifications are less tolerable in saltwater tanks, specifically alkalinity and heavy metals that fresh water can tolerate, would destroy saltwater. You local LFS may sell R/O water "reverse-osmosis" this is best to start with and add salt too. As for you filter, stick with the one you have, clean it out and you should be able to get away with the same bio-wheel provided you rinse it well. I would snag a power head if you only have the filter, I have ordered a few and will have pictures for you tomorrow or the following day. Feel free to ask any questions.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:55 PM   #5
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Thanks Justin!



Ok so yes I will empty out water and start fresh... I will rinse out my filter and clean the bio wheel.


As for the power head I don't need anything crazy since its only a 40 gallon so what do you recommend for cheap?
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:58 PM   #6
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Something like this?



http://www.ebay.com/itm/LifeTech-Aqu...item2a142621f6
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:59 PM   #7
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Or this?


http://www.ebay.com/itm/181070409830...84.m1423.l2649
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:06 PM   #8
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I would go for a wide spread flow so the prop style pump would be better, I would avoid the suction cup stuff though. Hydor makes pumps that have magnet suction cups, and the only run about 25-30$.
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What about this which includes protein skimmer?


http://www.ebay.com/itm/150-gal-Aqua...item5d36b65467
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What about this which includes protein skimmer?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/150-gal-Aqua...item5d36b65467
I had one of those for about a week.... In saltwater, you get what you pay for. This thing requires constant monitoring and tinkering and even then it still doesn't pull out nearly as much as it really should.

Do you have plans for a refugium or sump tank? The skimmers that work the best, IMO, are ones that will sit in your sump.
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