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Old 06-23-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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Starting a 55 gallon aquarium

I am completely new to Salt water tanks but have lots of freshwater tanks and am looking to explore something a bit harder to do I am just wanting all the advice you can give me and what I need to buy. Thanks


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Old 06-23-2015, 12:32 PM   #2
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Starting a 55 gallon aquarium

Well you will probably want a sump. I'll let the experts chime in on that.

You want 1-2 pounds of live rock per gallon.

Powerheads, a skimmer, a refractometer, bucket of salt, a saltwater liquid test kit, etc.

Determine if you want it to eventually be a reef. If so, base your stocking and lighting off that. Not all fish like coral just like not all like plants in freshwater.

Same applies if you want inverts, not all fish like them and they might get eaten.


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Old 06-23-2015, 12:40 PM   #3
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Alright, first thing first welcome to the salty side!
All right now it's time to decide what type of salty tank do you want. Fish only, FOWLR (fish only with live rock) or a reef.
Now if your just starting out then I recommend the fowlr, as live rock is your major source of filtration. With bigger tanks (20g an up) imho a sump is a way to go as it gives you more water volume, a place to put all your a major equipment, an it more customizable to fit your tank. You can always go with hob filter if you rinse your media out regularly also, but this also cuts down options an doesn't control algae as much as it has no place to grow at besides your display tank.

Okay after deciding your filtration, it's time to decide what kind of bottom you want, a shallow sand bed, a deep one, or a bare bottom. These also their own cons an pros also your own personal taste. I usally go with a shallow sand bed as it has less of chance to trap pockets of gasses an other things. Also some animals need a deeper sand bed in order to be kept so your stocking list is also a factor

Now if you go with a reef, then lighting is the upmost importance besides water quality. This is not needed right off the bat as your tank needs to mature to have a reef tank.

Now equipment wise, powerheads,
A quality heater, lights, salt, skimmer, sump or a filter, assorted media like carbon, purgen, gfo, reactors, ri\di unit

Now if you go with a sump
.filter socks
In sump skimmer
Stuff to build a alage scrubber if you want

Then you have misc. items
Like airline tubing
Throw away cups to thaw out frozen food
Various scrubbers
A paint scraper
Extra buckets
Spare parts for your ro unit
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A rodi unit is the upmost importance in the salty side as it can stop major issues in te tank



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Thanks for the answers I was just wondering what sized sump I would need


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Old 06-23-2015, 01:18 PM   #5
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I've been looking at a 20 long for the one I'm setting up but really it all depends what you want to get out of it such as a place to culture pods of nutrients export


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The biggest possible is the answer to your question. A 20 long is a good sump and what I utilized to make the sump for my 55reef.


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I am fairly new to aquarium words what does '20 long' mean is it the gallon size or the length


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So long is a type of 20 gallon tank. They make 20 talls, 20 highs, and 20 longs. The longs look more like 10 gallons, height wise


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What is the difference between tall and high? I thought they were the same.


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Nope, they all hold 20g but there built different some taller some longer

Like a 20g long takes away fight in order for length
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