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Old 07-04-2011, 12:01 AM   #11
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You could def do a nano salt with the 12g...but you'd have to and I mean really have to, be diligent with your pwc's and parameter checks, although the bigger the tank is the easier it is to manage water quality, the necessary equpiment to run it gets expensive. I'd say make you decision on whether or not yure willing to give it 110 %. If you are, go salt
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:02 AM   #12
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Okay I've read a little about sumps what exactly are they and would i need one for the 55 gal? And what are so examples of fish I could put in there?
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:03 AM   #13
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Also I would defiantly put 150% into the tank, I would feel horrible if the fish weren't happy and healthy!
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If you can make/get a sump, it would help, although my 75g uses a HOB filter rated for 90g and is doing perfectly. There are plenty of fish that fit in a 55. You should check liveaquaria.com.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:33 AM   #15
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Okay if I can spend a little more on a filter and skip the sump that would be wonderful because I won't have the room! Also I will look there soon! Can't wait to get started!
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:37 AM   #16
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Also this just came up in my little head, what all exactly am I going to need for the tank?
I have so far(in my head):
Tank
Salt
Sand
Fish
Filter
Rock...

What else and what does it do? I'm a complete idiot when it comes to saltwater, I mean I've read stuff but don't understand it. Please give simple to understand answers!
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:45 AM   #17
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Arg this also just came up in my head! Can I only have a little live rock and use some filter until I get more live rock or will that not work?
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You really don't even need live rock, but it makes things easier. Also, you need flow so some sort of powerheads are suggested, but not necessary.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:08 AM   #19
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Okay thanks! So is that about everything that I absolutely need for a basic saltwater tank?
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:09 AM   #20
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a heater
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test kit
lights (optional at this point)
a few buckets or totes for water changes
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