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Old 11-11-2015, 09:59 PM   #1
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What is the difference

Between freshwater and salt water filters? Was looking online for a tank kit for starting a small nano saltwater that is reasonably priced and the all say they work for fresh and salt, is that true? Or would it be more cost effective to use a 5gal tank I have and buy the right stuff to convert it to salt?
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Old 11-11-2015, 10:54 PM   #2
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Nothing, no difference.
Some (true salt pumps) run ceramic impellar pump shafts, while fresh water runs metal shafts. But for the most part, thats about it.
Oh, also, you don't need a filter on a saltwater tank. Especially if your goin with a 5g tank. Usually tanks less than 30g don't even need to run Skimmers, as doing normal 10% water changes weekly keeps the water params inline.
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Nothing, no difference.
Some (true salt pumps) run ceramic impellar pump shafts, while fresh water runs metal shafts. But for the most part, thats about it.
Oh, also, you don't need a filter on a saltwater tank. Especially if your goin with a 5g tank. Usually tanks less than 30g don't even need to run Skimmers, as doing normal 10% water changes weekly keeps the water params inline.
How do you keep water moving? Would a filter be able to replace whatever keeps water moving normally for a small tank. I don't entirely understand what is required...I want to start with a nano to see if I'm going to be able to keep up with/not kill everything in a salt tank
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Nano power heads
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If you are new to salt tanks I wouldn't go any less than a 20g IMO. Shoot for the biggest tank you can so it will be more stable and more forgiving.

I started with a 10g and even being diligent with water changes I still had swings and wasn't entirely sure what I was doing. I eventually had enough and bumped it to a 20g where it is now much more stable and healthy.

If you are up for it id highly recommend a sump. It's much more efficient and clean than an HOB. I'm currently running an HOB(sump in the works) and it gets dirty very fast.

With salty, a lot of pre planning can save you a lot of hassle.


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So it would be more cost effective to buy the tank sump and light then to buy a tank kit?

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So it would be more cost effective to buy the tank sump and light then to buy a tank kit?

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If you watch online like Craigslist people but up full setups much cheaper than an initial startup cost.

I got a 20g rimless, sump and plumbing, powerhead, skimmer, return pump, and more for $160.

Watch for those good deals and you can save yourself a lot of money.


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