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Old 03-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Go all saltwater?

Hey guys over the last few weeks we have had many problems with our freshwater tank. It is a decently old tank, but we had internal parasites and ich that wiped out a few fish. Now there is algea everywhere and the tank looks pitiful its a 40 gallon.

We have a 30 gallon saltwater tank that is doing very well (knock on wood) and we were seriously considering moving everything from the 30 salt, into the 40 fresh and use the 30 gallon tank as a sump. We are not sure if we should do this yet. We have all the equipment.

I just wanted everyones opinion, should we do this???? We are hesitant and dont want to make a mistake. Thank you!
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Oh, and, the light fixture we have for the 30 gallon is 30" but the 40 gallon is 36". Do we hang it? How do we make sure the whole tank is well-lit
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:17 PM   #3
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Is your 30 a reef cause if so id say go for it and jam pack that 40 with corals if not I would just wait til I could do a substantial upgrade in DT size like atleast a 75 from your 30.. that's just my opinion
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Thank you for the reply! Haha yes the 30 is a reef, but it is not finished so it would be easy to transfer the 6-7 corals and 2 fish. We are thinking about it.., do you see any major problems?

Oh and i am just a kid so my mom wont let me upgrade to anything bigger...
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:28 PM   #5
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Well if going bigger isn't an option then I would for sure combine them which would give you roughly 50 gallons of water volume after displacement and everything...then you could also start running some more equipment too which will obviously give you better growth and easier to maintain
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Thank you! We Are worried about the light. It is 30" because we got it for the 30, an we want to use it on the 40 gallon which is 36" (if our measurements are right) would it work? Its a 4 bulb t5.
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Also, i am getting lots of mixed ideas about the sand? Ive heard
All new sand
Clean old sand
All old sand and some new
All new sand with a cup or 2 of old..

I like the last idea more because its easier?? Idk! Help with that!
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The light would be fine unless you wanna go with some sps then u would want a 36" 6 bulb...and for the sand go with new sand cause there is gonna be a whole lot of nasty stuff in your sand bed that you don't want in your new tank once its stirred up...as long as you have enough rock in your 30 if you make the move all at once with minimal exposure to air at best you'll see a slight spike
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Ya we dont want very high Light corals haha now how many fish would we be able to have if we had a 40 gallon with 30 gallon sump? I know it depends what fish, but we only want small reef safe fish. Doesnt the sand hve tons of BB, so we need that old sand? Thanks man!
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I think we will add all new, but some old too
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