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Old 08-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
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Hello, I currently have a 55 gallon chiclid tank that iv had for a while. I have lately really wanted to turn it into a salt water tank for something new. I'm just asking if 55 would be good for a starter, and big enough to a have decent tank. I have researched a little bit but always like feedback from people. Also what kind of fish could I have in a 55? I really like clowns so whatever could go with them. Thanks (:
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Old 08-11-2013, 03:45 PM   #2
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That would be a decent tank but it matters what fish your into, do you like:an want tangs? They need a 6x3 tank for them so stay away haha. You have lots of options for a tank that size after that though. Do you want corals? The SW side is a real wallet drainer, but worth it iMO
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That would be a decent tank but it matters what fish your into, do you like:an want tangs? They need a 6x3 tank for them so stay away haha. You have lots of options for a tank that size after that though. Do you want corals? The SW side is a real wallet drainer, but worth it iMO
I really like the clowns, probably my favorite. So whatever's best to go with them... And I know salt water is much more expensive. Around how much would money would you estimate it would take to start up my 55, for coral and a few fish to start?
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I really like the clowns, probably my favorite. So whatever's best to go with them... And I know salt water is much more expensive. Around how much would money would you estimate it would take to start up my 55, for coral and a few fish to start?
Firefish are good starters. Also damsels but they can be aggressive. Green chromis are nice fish also. Flame angel
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I really like the clowns, probably my favorite. So whatever's best to go with them... And I know salt water is much more expensive. Around how much would money would you estimate it would take to start up my 55, for coral and a few fish to start?
It varies a lot depending on what kind of equipment you're looking for. The higher end stuff is going to cost a lot. Since you're looking at corals, you're going to need some decent lighting, a protein skimmer, a couple power heads and lots of rock for filtration. I'd estimate maybe $300-$600 depending on what you have already and need to buy.
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I really like the clowns, probably my favorite. So whatever's best to go with them... And I know salt water is much more expensive. Around how much would money would you estimate it would take to start up my 55, for coral and a few fish to start?
My best guess would be in or over 550. Lights are pretty high, plus rock, ro/di filter, sand, refactor, powerhead, ect. But the cost is worth it. You will be able to do a pair of clowns and a couple of more smaller fish/ inverts in that tank.

Powerhead a
Salt
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If I were to start another SW tank here's how i would do it in this order
Salt
Hydrometer
Heater
2 hydor power heads 1050's
sand
Test kit (Red sea)
Dry rock,(20lbs more later as i added fish) A small piece of live rock will be added later to seed tank with more life.
RO/DI water bought from LFS
Pure ammonia to start cycle
Cheap LEDS from e bay (TaoTronics) lights are not needed to cycle tank so i have 4-6 weeks to get them Same thing with a RO/DI unit
Sump and skimmer as neither are needed on a tank of this size you can keep thing in check with regular water changes

My tank allowance is $ 25 a week

Rule of thumb is $ 25 a gallon when setting up a new tank Talk about sticker shock
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