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Old 07-16-2008, 09:08 PM   #1
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Post Newbie To Salt Water Aquariums

Hi guys, I'm new to the site wanna say Hi to everyone in the community....

Got a Few questions about starting a Saltwater Aquarium, Well for one my father in-law is giving me a 55 gallon Tank that use to have freshwater fish in it, He no longer can maintain it and all his fish died.... But besides that its been sitting for about 1 whole year with-out any use. I wanna know will it be ok to still use that tank once it's all washed out? First off I want to say that I really want to make this tank very nice and colorful.

1). What will be a good filteration system to work with?
2). I've been reading about a Skimmer why is this needed?
3). Live Rocks Can a Saltwater Tank survive without it?
4). I wanna know how many Bags of live sand would I need to get for a 55 Gallon?
5). What is the best heater to purchase to keep the water at a stable temp for the fish?


This is just some of the question I have and Just for the record i've had an 75 and 120 gallon tank before and my fish were always will maintained I always loved the saltwater fish but found it a little to expensive but I have a family and I have 3 Daughters that love Finding Nemo... As Popular as that can be. So i'm putting my efforts towards a Saltwater Aquarium. Just so they can have a few Nemos To look at...

Well i'll take any suggestion comments ETC...

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Welcome to AA first of all!

Filtration IMO includes rock and skimmer. Live rock is a natural filtration system, in that the organisms that live on it are invisible, but provide for ammonia and fish waste consuming components.

A skimmer (look up HOB/hang on back versions) will remove solid materials from the water column and keep the water clearer and free of waste. Skimmer is the mechanical filtration.

Don't need live sand IMO either. It's not really live. Dry, aragonite sand (well rinsed) is the preference of most. Lots cheaper too. I'm not sure if this site has a calculator, but look for one. You can input the width and length of the tank, and the desired depth (I like a bit deeper - 3") and it gives you the # of pounds needed.

Check out the Articles section section of this site for lots of good info on setting up.

Again, welcome and keep us posted on your research, plans, and progress.
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Hey bud, Thanks for the info... Sorry but I'm new what does IMO mean?
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Old 07-16-2008, 10:13 PM   #4
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In my opinion. Sorry!
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Well I shall be getting the Aquarium from my Father Inlaw this weekend I will update with pictures as soon as it comes available in the Mean Time you guys could give me some suggestion on equipment to buy or Purchase... Let me know whta;s good and what isn't I would really appreciate the help...
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Visit the Articles section and read all you can. That will answer a lot of your questions. Please make sure to read How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish, Sumps Explained , and Quarantine. Then come back and post the questions you are sure to have. Patience is the key. I know it's hard to be patient when your daughters just want Nemo in the tank NOW!, but "Nothing Good ever happens Fast in a saltwater aquarium.

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Hey does anyone know How many LBS i could put into a 55 gallon tank? Let me know

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I would shoot for 1.5-2LBs of water.
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