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Old 05-06-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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Saltwater questions?

I've only been in the fish hobby for about 6 months. Freshwater only. I love marine fish. But I have a few questions.

Can I have a marine tank and run it just like a fresh water tank? Same filters that kind of thing?

Do I need live rock and live sand? I know they are for biofiltration. Or could I do just live rock and another substrate?

Is upkeep expensive? Do I need a lot of additives and that sort of thing?
I'm asking these questions because I don't have a lot of money and freshwater is pretty cheap as far as upkeep.
Thank you in advance for your help!
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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Can anyone help me out?
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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On my way out the door but I will get back to you tonight and help you out.
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:59 AM   #4
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depends on how big your tank is.salt is the only thing you will really have to add on your water changes.i have a 75 gallon and i change it every two weeks.so thats only 4 cups of salt for 8 gallons.a jug of salt cost me $23.00 so its not too bad.test kit is around $25.00 and will last a long time.you will need a thing to test your salt levels,i forgot the name but they dont cost much either.if you already have a fresh set up you probably already have a heater.my filters are $12.00 amonth.it all depends on the size of your tank
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:52 PM   #5
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Thanks for the answers. What is a cheaper substrate than live sand that will work well? Do I have to use R/O water? Or can I use my well water?
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I forgot to mention my tank is a 46 gal. Bow front. Can I use the hob filter I already have?
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:00 PM   #7
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Dont use well water,better to get a RO/DI unit or buy water. you can use your hob but you'll need to add a power head to increase flow. is this goin to be a FOWLR? or will you be adding corals? Coral will need upgraded lights. Lot of people use play sand, live sand is a ripoff IMO There's a few stickies at the top of this forum you may want to start there as there's tons of info
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Dont use well water,better to get a RO/DI unit or buy water. you can use your hob but you'll need to add a power head to increase flow. is this goin to be a FOWLR? or will you be adding corals? Coral will need upgraded lights. Lot of people use play sand, live sand is a ripoff IMO There's a few stickies at the top of this forum you may want to start there as there's tons of info
Thanks a lot. It would be a FOWLR for sure. I would love to have a reef but I dot have a lot of money. Dont want to shell out the cash for lighting that would be good enough to support corals.
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Thanks for the answers. What is a cheaper substrate than live sand that will work well? Do I have to use R/O water? Or can I use my well water?
I used pool filter sand that I bought from my local pool store. I cleaned it very good and stuck it in. I have had no problems at all. It cost me $10 for 50 lb and that was plenty for my 75 gal.
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I've also read that I can get some live rock use other rocks and the live rock will seed the other. What kind of rock would I use for that. Trying to get away with not spending a fortune on all live rock.
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