Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-03-2010, 07:15 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 3
Newbie 120g were to start

Hey to everyone out there.I have a 120g freshwater fish tank looking to convert to a fowler.I need advise on what i would need .I would like to have a sump but have no idea on how to get started.The only thing i plan on keeping is going to be the heaters.So could anyone tell me what am i going to need and which brands to go with.Iam going to start with about 50lb of live rock and add on later down.Thanks to everyone out there.
__________________

__________________
rmmeza707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2010, 08:26 PM   #2
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
Start with these:
Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank (STARTING OUT)

How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

Quarantine and another

Reef Aquarium Water Parameters

Let us know if you have any more questions after reading those <g>

And,
__________________

cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2010, 08:48 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 3
thanks ill let you know
__________________
rmmeza707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2010, 09:17 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 3
Alright i undertand everything about how to cycle my fish tank and the live rock.My questions are about the sump i have an old 15g tank would that be big enough.For my protein skimmer am thinking of this one reef octopus needlewheel 150 its rated for 150g would this work good or should i look at another one.Also what would you recommend for the overflow and how many powerheads would i need any suggestion on brand?Also i have my old fluorescent lights put i would like to upgrade what would you recommend.Thanks
__________________
rmmeza707 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 07:15 PM   #5
SW REEF 18+ YEARS
Community Admin
 
melosu58's Avatar



Tank of the Month Award
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Virginia
Posts: 38,242
Also I know it`s going to be a FOWLR tank but I`m moving this to the getting started forum.
__________________

SITE ADMINISTRATOR

You can view many of my fish and corals in my photo albums in my profile.

View my tank


AA Community Rules|AA TOS

Forums 101 - posting, accounts, basics
melosu58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 07:18 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Crepe's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Houston, Texas
Posts: 2,332
a 15g sump may be a tad small for a 120g. You might want to get a 30g+
__________________
Crepe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-06-2010, 09:06 PM   #7
AA Team Emeritus
 
cmor1701d's Avatar


 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Belle Mead, NJ
Posts: 7,814
I agree on using a larger sump for that size tank.
cmor1701d is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2010, 09:24 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Krypt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Holley, NY
Posts: 752
Welcome to AA! You'd definitely want to use a larger sump for your 120. The 15 gal is just too small. You want a sump that will be able to give you an adequate amount of water flow for your skimmer to filter and hide your heaters in. Using a 30 gal long tank would probably work better for you (when it comes to sumps the bigger the better) and if you can swing it maybe even a 55 gal in case you want to add a refugium later on.

Your choice of skimmer is a good one, the octopus is highly effective so you'll be covered there. As far as the powerheads, check out the Koralia series. They can move some serious water and your looking to move 10x-30x your water volume per hour. Here's a link to some powerheads to help you shop a bit:
Fish & Aquarium Supplies: Powerheads

For the over flow box, if your not going to drill the tank, take a look at the eshopps overflows. They are great HOB overflows that will feed your sump at a good pace.
Reef Aquarium Filtration: Eshopps Overflow Boxes

Lastly, you don't really need to upgrade the lighting if your doing a FOWLR. If you plan to keep any corals or nems, then you'll need a lighting upgrade. Lights can get expensive quickly.
__________________

__________________
"If your wife ever asks how much something was for your tank, just tell her you got it on sale and you had to have it! She'll understand"

-Chuck
Krypt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
20 gallon, start

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newbie:120g tank. rainnay Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 4 08-17-2008 10:58 AM
newbie help please 29g start up tremolo Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 7 06-10-2006 08:33 AM
Wanting to Start a Planted Tank ... Dont Know Where to Start Viperboy Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 10 03-25-2006 07:48 PM
Pulse start, probe start, electronic?? What's up??? runway1 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 0 02-05-2005 01:09 AM
Another Newbie w/ start-up ques - 1st Post (be kind!) Pliggy Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 16 07-31-2003 02:14 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:41 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.