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Old 08-13-2011, 05:09 AM   #1
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Thinking about getting a saltwater tank for my birthday

My 30th is coming up in Sept and I was thinking of going saltwater. I've been lurking here for at least a year. I read all about cycling so I know what to do there. This is the set up I was thinking of

30 Gallon long takn from pet smart for $70

$50 Refactometer

$30 Odyssea heater

$35 Hydor Koralia circulation pump. Not sure of what GPH to go with. I'm guessing 2 of them however ?

14ich Reugium + skimmer $85

I would put the heater , sand and live rock in the Refugium and keep it out of sight. The Hydor Koralia have magnents which I like , I know my friends heater in his fresh water only had the cups to hold it and it ended up coming off and cracking on the bottom of the tank . I'm not sure if the heater is to powerful.

So this is my plan. Right now my gf and I are saving money to get married but we are leaving at our parents houses to do so (it sucks but free rent helps alot) So I don't have a crazy amount of room. So the 30G tank would just be until my gf and I get a place and then depending on the place we would go to 75 to a 150g tank. So some of this stuff I would like to be able to move foward or into a small tank for my niece and nephew.

I want to have some coral so here comes my last question. Lighting. I rather go LED . Can I build my own lighting rig , are there any guides , i've looked but haven't found one . How about pre build LED set ups that don't break the bank .

Ecoxotic pro 19w 12,000k LED would one of these work along with its reflector ?

[url=http://www.ecoxotic.com/aquarium-led-lights/panorama-modules/panorama-pro-module.html]http://www.ecoxotic.com/aquarium-led-lights/panorama-modules/panorama-pro-module.html] Or mabye one of these ?[/quote]


I would certianly love to build the led rig myself and most likely save alot of money doing it. Any advice would be great.

For corals I figure some brains and other low light guys and mabye a clam
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Old 08-13-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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no. that fixture won't work. i would skip the refugium/skimmer combo thing too...a hang on refugium is not a bad idea, but the skimmers they couple with them are garbage.
a clam is a high light creature. you'll need stronger lighting than LPS require.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:39 PM   #3
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Thank you.

Can I grab that refugium and just add something like the odyssea ps75 protein skimmer ?

Or perhaps I can simply make my own I guess.

What about the heater. Is that over kill for the tank or will I be fine ?
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Old 08-13-2011, 08:55 PM   #4
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i think a 500w heater on a 30g is way way overkill.

I have a 150w in my 29g and a 250 in my 55g.

Not sure of how well the odyssea skimmers work but I would just skip the skimmer all together. If you do proper water changes weekly you won't need it. I have a 29g that is running skimmer free with no ill side effects.
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Thank you , So I can run with no filter using the live rock/ coral instead and no skimmer ?

The other question is what power koralia circulation pump should I get. Are two 550GPH good enough . Should I get one more powerful and one less ?

The way I'm figuring is

$70 for the tank
$50 refractometer
$30 150Watt heater
$35 x2 circulation pump

$220 total. I can pick up one of those master test kits for $40-50 at the LFS so I guess like $260.

I would just need to make a light fixture prob about another $100.
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Old 08-14-2011, 03:45 AM   #6
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Ebay for the rwfractometer. ... 30 bucks and I believe carey has the link lol
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umm idk if someone said it but $70 for a 30 gallon is too much. look on craigs list you can get a huge tank for $70
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Here's the link for the refractometer

Salinity Refractometer 0-10% ATC Aquarium Salt Water - eBay (item 230393088138 end time Aug-18-11 22:09:51 PDT)
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the right fixture to keep clams is going to be much more than 100 dollars.
don't forget the cost of the live rock (at least 30 pounds) and a bag of sand.
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And in comes carey with the link save lol
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