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Old 10-12-2004, 02:29 PM   #1
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SW tank basic questions..

I have a 55g FW tank I know I want to change to a SW, perhaps a reef.

I'm convinced (by AA members) the Remora Pro with Mag 3 is the right skimmer to use but do SW tanks also use filters (Filstar, Eheim, etc..) because I see no mention of them with SW talk? I'm assuming so but was wondering what other hardware a SW tank needs. I will be purchasing a SW aquarium book but I guess my excitement is getting me carried away.

-Also for a 55g SW tank, would 60lbs-70lbs of LR be approriate?
-Benefits of LS?

TIA,
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1 Gold Dojo loach | 1 Kuhli loach
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1 Albino Cory | 1 Peppered Cory
1 Gold snai | 1 Black Racer snail

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I found it hard to believe in switching from FW to SW but you don't need a filter in SW. LR and LS are your filters. Rule of thumb on LR is 1-1.5 times tank capacity. Benefit of LS is greater filtration.
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Old 10-12-2004, 04:37 PM   #3
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I have 60 in my SW tank, but it's not very dense, and takes up a decent amount of room. I'll probably add a few more pounds later on. A good rule of thumb is 1-2 lbs per gallon.

I do not use a filter in SW, just my protein skimmer, LR, & LS (somewhat less live, after purchasing a sand sifting star.. )
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Old 10-12-2004, 04:47 PM   #4
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i have a 25g FW and an empty 30g which I will also make a FW if i decide to make the 55g a SW. I love FW and wouldnt get away from it.

Other than the skimmer, LS, and LR...what else is needed for a SW tank?

Thanks again,
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55g
2 Weather loaches | 1 Yoyo loach
3 Black Skirts | 3 Bloodfin | 2 H&T
2 Bala Sharks | 1 Aeneus Cory
3 Danios | 2 Platys

25g - planted
1 Leoporinus | 1 Rainbow | 1 Silver Molly
1 Gold Dojo loach | 1 Kuhli loach
1 Black Kuhli loach
1 Singapore shrimp | 1 Amano shrimp
1 Albino Cory | 1 Peppered Cory
1 Gold snai | 1 Black Racer snail

30g (empty - possible cichlid planted)
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salt!

refractometer to measure salt

Lots of circulation (powerheads and/or sump)

Saltwater test kits (check yours, most say "fresh only")

RODI water system advisable

Lots of lighting.
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