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Old 12-06-2013, 09:13 PM   #51
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Just as an offer of some confidence, I went from a 20g fw guppy tank to a 125g saltwater tank... You can do it. Also other than the expense of bigger equipment. (And more salt mix for water changes) bigger tanks really aren't that expensive. I think I MAY spend $50/month on my 125 to keep it going. That's between salt use, todo cartridges over 6-9 months, food, and electricity. It's fairly cheap once up and running. It's the constant buying of fancy new fish and better equipment that's expensive
That is great to know. I was a little concerned with the cost. I found a 120 gallon with everything i'll need to start (heater, sump tank, filter, lights) for $400 on craigslist. But not sure if i want to have that big of a tank. A LFS put a start up kit together which would be a 55 gallon with everything I need for $350. Not sure what to do.

Not really wanting to use a sump tank. If I ran a canister filter and a HOB filter would that be okay????
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:19 PM   #52
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Besides there only being a $50 difference, the 125 is clearly a better option. If it's a 6 footer like mine, it'll be 18" deep (front to back). A 55 is only 12". That's a pretty shallow tank. I even consider mine pretty shallow from front to back. I love my tank because once you get your processes down and have a set schedule for everything, it's pretty freakin stable in terms of water chemistry
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I would def choose the 120. Running a sump is honestly the best type of filtration for either of those size tanks - i regret not setting up my 55 this way. There is always maintenance of course in fish keeping but I honestly do think that hobs and canisters are more trouble than they are worth. If you go the 55g you could run it with just a skimmer and plenty of live rock and flow - that's how I chose to run my 55g reef no problems...
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:26 PM   #54
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Ok. Do I need to worry about the weight of the 120?????

And do you use tab water and just add salt or do you buy water????

I have never used a sump tank?? How do they work?
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How so? You have a timber floor? I have no idea what a 120 would weigh, sorry! I don't recommend using tap water and would put a ro-di unit on your shopping list to make your own water. Your LFS probably sells natural salt water and ro-di water too. Running a sump gives you the benefit of increased water volume, it also is a place to keep your skimmer and heaters out of the display. Most people use baffles to section the sump into a refugium also. Have a quick google at some DIY sumps on you tube - that will give you a better understanding of how it all works
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:07 PM   #56
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That is great to know. I was a little concerned with the cost. I found a 120 gallon with everything i'll need to start (heater, sump tank, filter, lights) for $400 on craigslist. But not sure if i want to have that big of a tank. A LFS put a start up kit together which would be a 55 gallon with everything I need for $350. Not sure what to do. Not really wanting to use a sump tank. If I ran a canister filter and a HOB filter would that be okay????
That is a easy problem .
The 120 gal !
The bigger the tank it's easier to maintain parameters like salinity ,
Less evaporation and less swings .
If it comes with everything needed you can't go wrong .
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You are prob looking at 1200-1400 lbs once setup. Make sure you check which way your floor bracing goes and run them perpendicular to them (across them) this will spread the weight across several beams. I can help you with the DIY sump setup. Just need a donor tank (I used a 55g for mine ironically enough), a few glass or acrylic baffles and a tube of silicone.
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Great to know. Thanks!!!
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If I was to buy real sea water to use. Where would be the best place to get it from?? I just think it will be worth using that to set up my tank. And then just buy some every month to do a water change.
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Your LFS should sell jugs of it. BUT if you plan on keeping your tank any extended length of time, buying an rodi unit and making your own saltwater is def cheaper
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