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Old 04-29-2012, 11:45 PM   #1
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Saltwater tank setup help needed

Hi there, i decided to do saltwater setup once again. I had a saltwater setup 8yrs ago for 6month then due to health issue i quit. Now im planning to setup my 550litre tank to saltwater.
Now I have 10 kilo dead rock which was live when i had my setup plus 40 kilo coral sand again it was live when i had my setup. These both item has been used in my malawi tank afterwards.
Now question time lol.
1: Can i use them in my new saltwater setup?
2: can i use ocean rock? (have 25kg)

I was thinking to buy about 10kilo live rock to start off to mix with my dead rock and ocean rock. Help me please with a answer.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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One more thing my return pump from sump send back to the tank just over 3500Lph and i have a 6000LPH wave maker plus two powerhead that does 1000LPH each and a protein skimmer which is gonna be in my sump does 1500LPH. Is thats enough flow for a 550 litre tank.
Oh by the way my sump volume is 200litre. But use only 100litre and 100is left empty for power-cut situation. So the water doesn't end up on my livingroon floor!
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:25 AM   #3
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Anyone willing to help me?
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:52 AM   #4
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Haha I would be willing to help but im from America so I have no idea how many liters are in a gallon so you'll hav to help me with that, I know there are 2.2 pounds in a kilogram though
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Its a 150us gallon tank
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:50 AM   #6
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You can use your old rock and sand just be sure to rinse them very well. As for the ocean rock is it live? if so it may have unwanted things in/on it.

Flow looks like your power heads will be enough if not you can always upgrade/add You don't want any dead spots in your tank where detritus can settle
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The ocean rocks are not live as they where never in salt water tank.
Is my sump return flow enough or do i have to buy a more powerful sump pump?
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One more thing if a wash the ocean rock with boiling water and scrub them thoroughly will i be able to use them?
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:53 AM   #9
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If the rocks are washed very well i don't see why you couldnt use them.

As far as flow you should be ok where you are. Unless you go to a reef tank then you might wanna add an extra powerhead for the corals.
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If I remember correctly, ocean rock is sometimes the term used for macro rock in GB. Is this correct? I gave my input on a similar situation and I thought he was taking rock straight from the coast or something. Either way, a good rinsing and scrubbing and you can easily use the rock in your new setup. Everything else was answered by Carey, she's faster at posting than I am lol.
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