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Old 07-05-2011, 06:09 PM   #81
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Get the live rock and sand before anything else. It's WAY more important when you're starting out than a skimmer, but you will probably need a powerhead soon. You should get the skimmer if/when you get coral.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:11 PM   #82
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Okay then, and I won't be getting coral until next year probably around march considering that's when I'll be getting money for my birthday. I'll go looking for sand soon and live rock.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:14 PM   #83
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Now to decide on a filter. canister or sump? At 55g you can still get away without a sump, I did it sucessfully. But I also had a skimmer too
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:16 PM   #84
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Ummm what's the difference?
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:25 PM   #85
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You can always add in a sump later on if you decide to. Tight on money, I wouldn't go for it right away. I would do the sump and skimmer before you get corals though.

An HOB filter will work fine until you decide to do fancy stuff, and even then it'd probably still work fine. I think a sump is only a necessity on really large aquariums, or a preference.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:38 PM   #86
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Okay I'll get a HOB filter, skimmer and probably 10-20 lbs of live rock to start off does that seem okay?
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:49 PM   #87
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Because you have time, I'd suggest getting 5-10 lbs of live rock and another 50-60 lbs of base rock, base is cheaper and will be seeded by the 5-10 lbs of live rock. If I could say one thing, its stay committed, saltwater can be a deep and trying experience, its def more than worth it, just stick with it if you encounter issues. Not trying to scare ya or anything, just better to know of it beforehand.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:58 PM   #88
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Okay that sounds doable. Also is a heater necessary? I've read both ways...
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:03 PM   #89
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A heater is only necessary if your tank is too cold, or the temp changes a lot.
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Figure in a heater. I live in Florida and I still have heaters in all my tanks.
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