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Old 02-02-2013, 03:47 PM   #1
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Start of my first saltwater tank

This is my 30 gal hex that I picked up for free from a family member. I plan on making this into a reef tank. I plan on getting rock and sand from reefrock.net, I am looking at a reef capable led light from marineland. Filter I am looking at an aquaclear 50 as I am limited on filter space, will also be adding a koralia evolution circulation pump. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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Old 02-02-2013, 03:49 PM   #2
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Dont mind my typing mishap on the title.
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Old 02-02-2013, 06:41 PM   #3
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Nice tank! If I can offer some advice I would skip the filter and just go with plenty of live rock for filtration (especially if you are tight on space) I have a 55g and don't run a filter, just keep up the weekly water changes (which you would have to do anyway) I also believe the Marineland reef ready lights aren't reef ready at all. Check the specs on them, I am no led expert but I do know you want each led to be 3w each...
On a tank that size you could consider running a skimmer too, again it's optional but a good idea.
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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What would suggest as far as skimmers ? So a skimmer without a filter would be ok ? Also I was looking at 50lbs of live rock would that be enough ?

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Old 02-02-2013, 07:53 PM   #5
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I can't recommend a skimmer, I use a tunze on mine but you may need to shop around to get one that fits your tank. Try and find one rated double, so suited for 60g is best. Does the tank have a hood too? 50lb of live rock sound good!
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Old 02-02-2013, 07:55 PM   #6
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Oh I see now the top pic of the hood. Might be tricky but not impossible, there are plenty out there and most people will tell you not to go cheap on the skimmer, invest in a good one of you can
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Yes tank has a hood but the issue with it I have to take it off to have access to the top of the tank
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That's going to make water changes hard too. Where you planning on finding a light to fit in the hood? You could think about rimless, there are pros and cons to doing that but it may solve the where to put the light/skimmer thing?
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As long as I can find a light that's 20 inches or less I would be fine
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Amazon.com: TaoTronics TT-AL09 Dimmable Aquarium Coral Reef LED Grow Light (120W Output, Blue/White Ratio- 28:27; Two-Year Warranty): Pet Supplies

I did find this but i would have to hang it
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