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Old 11-25-2008, 09:42 PM   #1
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Ok, so going for fw tank. Bought a 55g tank from someone that tried sw but failed and just wanted the tank gone. My question is, I love the stones and the "white" look of the tank but how will it do for a FW setup ?.

I'm thinking I should add some plants (probably plastic for upkeep until I get more used to this) for the fw fish and I have just started the cycle (fishless) so I have a few weeks to learn more before I select my fish (although I have to admit, I have seen a few of the "see through" fish and am facinated with them).

btw, I did change out the return line adapter and moved the return line from the filter up about 2" after this picture.

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Old 11-25-2008, 09:55 PM   #2
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Is that LR or BR in the tank right now? Also looks like the tank might have crushed coral as a substrate, but I could be wrong.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:58 PM   #3
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LR or BR ? as for the substrate....I'm thinking it "might be crushed coral. To me looks like small chunks of stones so you could be right.
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Ok, google is my friend. Live Rock or Base Rock (LR or BR). To be honest I'm not sure. The previous owner left the tank dry for a few months and I have just set it up and refilled it this past weekend.

I would love to leave the tank because I like the rock look but I don't think I have the time or energy for the sw setup. Can I use this substrate / rock set up for fw fish ?
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:20 PM   #5
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If it's crushed coral, it could have a detrimental effect on the pH of the tank, depending on what you want to keep in it.
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If it's crushed coral, it could have a detrimental effect on the pH of the tank, depending on what you want to keep in it.
I'm open to suggestions for the fish as long as I can stay fw. If it's going to be incredibly restrictive I might have to change it out.
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Old 11-25-2008, 10:28 PM   #7
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I'm open to suggestions for the fish as long as I can stay fw. If it's going to be incredibly restrictive I might have to change it out.
If its a 55 gallon tank, an african cichlid(mbuna, malawi, etc) setup may work with the CC.
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If its a 55 gallon tank, an african cichlid(mbuna, malawi, etc) setup may work with the CC.
Ok, so it looks like I would be pretty restricted by the sub. If I changed out the sub and left the rocks.....think that might lower the levers enough to have a wider variety ?
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That would probably be alright, though I would get a pH test kit and maybe monitor to see if you need to pull the rocks out. If you want a cheap light colored substrate, I recommend going to your local pool supply store and getting a bag of pool filter sand.
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Definitely consider keeping the rocks and substrate and just switch out the water to saltwater. It looks like a saltwater setup already. Salt is not as hard as people make it out to be.
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