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Old 12-09-2010, 04:06 PM   #1
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Taking the plunge to Salt water

Hey all - Its been ages since i've posted! (I think well over a year or so)

I still have my 44 Gallon Perfecto tank, Fluval 304, 250 watt heater, 96 Watt 6700k bulbs... Lightly stocked, Naturally planted tank. its pretty much No maintenance, and I have a great balance.

However... I'm moving.

Last time I moved, I had very limited success. 50% loss over 3 months.

Right now, I'm down to a bunch of black tetra's, a couple ottos, a large rainbow and a dwarf rainbow and a congo tetra. I'm going to put them (and the plants) into a 20 gallon tank for the bedroom. I want to convert the 44 gallon to a saltwater!

So, that being said... I'm going to be taking the slow route - Saving up money to slowly build a SW tank.

I understand the filter is "workable" for now (although not ideal for a SW tank) Heater is fine, Lighting needs a new bulb, but its 3 years old now and "spent". 50/50 bulb?

The idea is that it will be a LR tank with a couple (1 to 5) fish. No crazy corals, just the odd feather duster or polyups and such. I'm actually assuming most of it will come from the frags and live rock.

Protien skimmer - I'm seeing in tank, HOB, Sump, etc... I'm thinking in Tank or HOB right now... Any recommendations? Ease of use and quality are primary. It'll be lightly stocked at all times, so its not a matter of which one provides the best output.

Which brand is the best bang for buck?
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Octopus brand skimmers are the best. IMO
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I agree with Mike's suggestion of skimmer. If you use the canister I would replace the media with LR rubble and eliminate any sponges that are in there completely. As for lighting I would go with 1 10,000K bulb and one Actinic bulb. You could replace the actinic with a 50/50 but it might be a little too "white" looking. Just have to mix and match to get the best look for you. If you are planning on corals down the road well then some changes would need to be made.
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Hrmm... Issue is its a single 18 inch bulb. 4 square pin. Kind of rare. It was the most output I could get out of 18 inches. (No "that's what she said" jokes please )
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In that case 50/50 for sure.
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KK. I won't have a sump for this - So its looking like HOB protien skimmer. How annoying are they in terms of Noise? I had an AC100 for this tank a while back, would it be comparible, or worse/better?

This is what I'd be looking at...

http://www.saltysupply.com/Reef-Octo...0-p/oc6111.htm
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Sounds like a power compact bulb. It is a quad tube 16"? Should be fine with a 50/50 for FOWLR, but if you ever wanted to go reef, you might need more light. Save up for a T5HO fixture or LED, a couple years down the road it will be a lot cheaper to go LED and no yearly lamp replacement needed.
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Yeah... this is the bulb Id need. (when I first got this rig... a bulb was 95 bucks! nice to see prices dropping...)

50/50 Power Compact 4-Tube Quad Lamp - Square Pin - 96W - 16 in. | Compact Fluorescent Square Pin Bulbs | Bulbs & Lamps | Aquarium - ThatPetPlace.com
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I think for the setup you have and the things you have listed you will do fine with that bulb and fixture. Go much further into the coral realm and you might need to upgrade lighting but for now that will get you started.
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Excitement! Now to save up and wait for the move!
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