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Old 02-28-2006, 04:40 PM   #1
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newbie questions...little advice here please

Hello all,
I'm new to the saltwater aquarium but have been keeping fish for about 12 years. I've got both a 40 gallon and a 60, both of which were freshwater. I kept discus successfully in the 60 gallon, and the 40 had German Blue Rams. I recently moved, and now I'm converting the 60 to a saltwater, and have a few questions about filtration and setup.

I guess my biggest concern is filtration. I'm planning on keeping a fish only tank, with a small amount of live rock, say 30-40 pounds. I've always used undergravel filters in conjunction with a powerhead, but I've read quite a bit about how UGFs are a thing of the past. What are your opinions on them? I was considering also buying a Fluval 304 or 404, and possibly a skimmer. A LFS rep recommended a "Skilter" which is kind of a HOB/Skimmer in one. Anyone have any experience with those? Does this setup sound about right for my plans? I have no intentions of going to a reef tank, and hadn't really planned on inverts, unless it's something compatible with the fish I'm considering.

My plans for the tank are to keep a Dwarf Lionfish, possible a moray, and something else. I really don't know a lot about the recommended fish to keep with a Lion, but I'm pretty deadset on the Lion, so I'm tailoring the tank to him. Any recommendations? How many other fish should I plan to keep with him?

Thanks a lot in advance. Sorry for the long post, but I've been treading through mindless amounts of books/websites, and decided to try some real live human interaction. Thanks again.

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Old 02-28-2006, 05:22 PM   #2
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The UGF is a definite no in SW. I would recommend more LR instead of purchasing the Fluval filter. A skimmer is a must buy. Not familiar with that brand but hopefully someone else will help you out with that. Also be aware that a lion fish generates a heavy bio load so you will also be limited in the amount of fish you can keep as well as what you can keep.

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Old 02-28-2006, 06:51 PM   #3
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Actually, the more I think about what I want to keep, the more I think I might go with something besides the Lion. I don't know, I change my mind about every 5 minutes.

OK, so maybe go with more LR, the Fluval, and a protein skimmer? Thanks again, any suggestions or comments are welcome.
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With more LR you can skip the Fluval.
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Old 02-28-2006, 10:44 PM   #5
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OK, how much more? And would I be good with two powerheads (one in each corner of the backside of the tank), or do I need more than that?
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