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Old 10-30-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Thinking about converting

i am considering converting my 10 gallon freshwater to a saltwater tank. any tips/ideas? any and all are appreciated !
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:50 PM   #2
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Is this you first SW tank? If so I'd advise to start as large as you can. The less water volume the more your mistake will be amplified which turns a lot of people away from SW in the beginning.
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yes it is my first. would a 25 gallon be good to start with?
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #4
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Ya that would make it much easier. That's 2.5x the volume of a 10 making any mistakes that much less. The main issue with new SW keepers and small tanks is correct salinity.
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ok sounds good. i plan on starting sometime next month. could you give me some general ideas in the area of must haves and getting the tank cycled? for example i know that you must declorinate the water and and the salt but what about filtration? what is the best way to go?
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It will depend on what you want to keep. Do you want corals? Also, dechlorinating tap water for SW isn't recommended. You should either purchase your own Ro/Di filter to make your own at home or buy your water at the lfs or supermarket.
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:00 PM   #7
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wow thanks for that. im not entirely sure of what i wanted to keep either. probly a few fish and an anenome. i dont think thats coral.? any ideas?
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:04 PM   #8
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Nems aren't coral they are inverts but require high light requirements much like corals. Honestly I would say get coral before a nem cause if they die in your tank they can realease all their toxins into the water killing everything. You also shouldn't add them to a tank until its matured (running for 4-6 months). Don't let this scare you off though if you want one then by all means do some research and work towards it
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:07 PM   #9
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Here's an idea for you,

Take it as slow as possible. Many people rush into it when converting from tropical to marine. Do as much reasearch as you possibly can. The more you learn.... the more you will want to learn. There is so much to it. Some great video's on youtube too i HIGHLY recommend these.

Another great idea would be for you to post your ideas on here before doing them. That way you will get the best advice and will limit mistakes. There's tonnes of advice on here!

Best of luck and i look forward to seeing your new SW tank!
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yes i am at least a month away from even purchasing the tank lol. thats exactly what im doing. just shopping for ideas right now. ive read multiple things on the internet about sumps but i cant tell if these are necessary or not. also what about substrate? san seems like a better choice but wouldnt a siphon bring that up?
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