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Old 08-20-2004, 10:45 PM   #1
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Wanting a saltwater tank...

So as of now i have a 46-gallon FW setup. What do I need for a saltwater tank? (and we are talking budget )

I could probably use the same filter yes? Probably the same heater?

i would need:
live rock
live sand? or crushed coral?
power head
skimmer?

Plz add on! hehe thank you!
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Old 08-20-2004, 11:12 PM   #2
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You could use the same filter, heater, ETC. You will need to change the gravel out for cc or live sand, I recommend the sand. If you want lr the I would suggest reveiwing your lighting, yes a powerhead would help, and a skimmer is a plus also.

Here's what I did with my 46 bow front,

live sand, live rock, used existing heater, filter, light, (I added a coralife duel unit in addition to the original), Skilter brand skimmer *they are noisey, and alot of people don't like it but it works and I can tell you how to make it work better), 2 penguiin 660 powerheads, and some homemade moon lights (got the directions for that too if you want it).
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Old 08-21-2004, 01:21 AM   #3
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cool thx for the tips! yea i have a 46bow front so its good to kno i can use some exsisting parts!! Live rock is So **** expensive...is there any other way around it? or just bite the bullet put in the money up front so the years ahead will be smooth?
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I purchased dry base rock from the lfs. It was less than $1/lb. In my 75 gal, I used 80 lbs of lr, and 100 lbs of base rock. It has been about 4 mos and it looks better now.
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Agreed, get some base rock, and then some live rock, over time the base will become live.
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i found a killer deal on ebay 50lbs (for my 46gal tank) for $160. fiji fully cured live rock..i think im going for that...then get some crushed coral and i be set...hopefully..haha
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Just my personal preference, but sand looks nicer, and easier to maintain.
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Just my personal preference, but sand looks nicer, and easier to maintain

Agreed. Sand will give you less headache. A good cleanup crew and you won't have to vacuum the sand at all.
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hmm sand eh? i actually never thought of doing sand...how many lbs of sand do you think i would need to cover the bottom of the tank?
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I used 30 lbs in my 46 gal bow front. Could use a little more but I'm going to wait and see how it works out.
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