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Old 10-26-2011, 04:51 PM   #1
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180 fowlr

So supposedly a guy from craiglist is bringing me a 180 gallon tonite for 175 bucks. Im kind of torn between using it for my porcupine puffer or a silver arowana. If i do decide to go fowlr the stock would be my puffer and I would probably get a blue tang , a dwarf lion and maybe a yellow tang or a trigger. My concern is a Pwc that's 45 gallons a week. I get 20 gallons a week from the Lfs now but i won't be able to afford 45 a week or be able to transport it home. Would i be able to do 20 gallons weekly with that stock in the tank and still have a heathy tank? Also would that be overstocked or just right with the fish listed? Thanks
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:26 PM   #2
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Why not make your own RO/DI water and mix the salt yourself? It is a piece of cake. Here is a good unit for $72 that makes 150 gal a day. I bought this one. You can save $10 by getting the 100 gal a day.

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Old 10-26-2011, 05:28 PM   #3
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How long does it take to produce 45 gallons ? Is it an all day thing?
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:32 PM   #4
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I can make close to 10 gallons just in the time it takes me to do a PWC and clean up the tank. A lot depends on the water pressure at you house. If you order that unit, order both the float valve and the cut off valve (i missed that one and wish I had it). If you get them, you can turn it on and forget about it. Once the container is full it will shut itself off.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #5
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with a 150g per say it should take 8 hours or so to make 50 gallons
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:33 PM   #6
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Ok what about the filters aren't they really expensive to replace?
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:35 PM   #7
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I haven't had to replace any yet but the portable unit I have I believe is much less than the bigger units the hard core guys like Leo use. LOL Either way, it would still be cheaper than buying from an LFS not to mention a lot less hassle.
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Ok I'll check it out . It will be a while till I get it going anyways. If I go with the stock list I mentioned . Would it be weekly or bi weekly pwcs or does it just depend
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I am pretty new here so don't take my word for it but..... I think weekly PWC of about 10% is good. With that, you don't need to dose much of anything in a reef. Of course you are going fowlr so the dosing wouldn't apply. I have seen lots of threads claiming they go months without PWC and have for years. I think those people have all the equipment and know how to keep it running great. For someone who doesn't eat, drink or sleep this hobby, I think you will do well with weekly. Just my opinion.
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I plan to have a sump tank maybe a 55 gallon with a fuge and go all out with the filtration . But Im still torn about the arowana I been waiting to get one of those
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