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Old 04-26-2004, 03:15 AM   #1
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i have never had a saltwater tank before but i am thinking about converting my 15gal to saltwater. it is cycled has a UGF, red gravel substrate, 75 watt heater and a light with an energy saver globe and i have a few questions.

can i just add salt to a tropical aquarium and thats it?

will i have to cycle it again or will the bacteria live?

what sort of inexpensive fish could i add to a 15 gal?

do i need any other special equiptment????
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Old 04-26-2004, 06:45 AM   #2
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unless you can identify the red gravel remove it.
You will have to cycle the tank again, the bacteria arn't the same.
15 gal is very small for a first time tank, IMO get a larger tank
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Old 04-26-2004, 08:08 AM   #3
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I would suggest buying a copy of "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert Fenner. This book will give you all the basic info you need to get started. I would not use the UGF in a SW tank.
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Here is the list of my 15gals SW that I setup about 2 months ago, a pair of percula clown (Not sure they are true or false), and they seems to happy with it. Few shrimp and snails (They a quite nice addition to the tank)

Bakpak 2 skimmer
CC as substrate (Thinking about replace with sand)
Micro•Jet 450 Water Pump (Give about 100gph)
15-20# of LR
Heater

And off you go with it, hope you have a good experience like I do!
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Old 04-27-2004, 12:37 AM   #5
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so it sounds like i would have to completely strip the tank and start over again. i think that it would not be worth it because it sounds very expensive unless anyone else has any other ideas
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It doesn't have to be expensive for a little FO system if you do regular water changes, read up and you should have no problems keeping a few clowns in a 15; see http://www.bestfish.com/ssss.html

You will basically need:
- sand or cc
- good hob filter, go for one that is rated for 30-40g fw tank, like an emporer biowheel.
- salt mix
- tap water conditioner (you may already have)
- hydrometer
- sw test kit.

You could buy some dry base rock for around $1 lb, check all your lfs for dry base rock or "coral rock". Use that instead of fake decorations, it will turn to lr in a few months.
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Old 04-27-2004, 09:03 PM   #7
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do you think that i should remove the UGF or keep it?

if i keep it will i need the HOB?

and what do you mean by salt water test kit???
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A test kit that contains tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, etc. Designed for sw. I would loose the UGF and look at a hang on with some live rock. If you want to do it the best way.
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Old 04-27-2004, 10:33 PM   #9
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but i don't really have too much money to spend on this so if i really had to could i keep the UGF and my normal gravel
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i could also add a small corner filter would that help????
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