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Old 10-20-2012, 04:24 AM   #1
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55 Gal saltwater newbie please help

Just purchased a 55gal tank with fluval 406 100gal

I'm looking to set this up... Do indeed protein skimmer? I know I need power head and aragonite.... I'm looking to stay away from live rock due to costs
Was planning on using fake decor and getting a lionfish, puffer. And wrasse.... Please help!
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:27 AM   #2
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You NEED a tiny piece if LR and then base rock at least which is about half the cost of LR. LR is your main means of filtration.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:29 AM   #3
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You don't NEED a protein skimmer but it might be a good idea. A dwarf lionfish would work. I don't think a regular lionfish would be okay in a 55. And puffer you'll have to research. I know some can work in a 55 but others won't work in a 100. Wrasses are a good active addition. Idk if those are all compatible. Hopefully someone will chime in.
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Ok thanks... I've traveled to some aquarium places over last few days and I keep seeing these nice expensive SW fish in tanks with fake decor and no rock... So I can run my fluval 406 on my 55gal add some live rock, aragonite or crushed coral and a power head and that would be efficient enough for me to own 3-5 fish including wrasses, puffer, lionfish?
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:34 AM   #5
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This is great! Yes dwarf lion and dogface puffer... Ive never even owned a goldfish before and I really want to jump in the deep end here and go to saltwater set up ... I just picked up tank today and will be doing as much research as I can so I don't fail ... I'm not interested in those corals and reefs.... Just the fish....obv I want my tank to look amazing but using fake decor if possible
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:39 AM   #6
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Let's see. Tank, some sort of sand or crushed coral, in a 50? I'd do at least 1 piece of LR and 30-50lbs base rock, power head, test kits for ph ammonia nitrite and nitrate, and some sort of light for viewing. Yup that would probably be enough for a FOWLR. As for the stocking, lion fish and puffer are messy. You could probably do a dwarf lion, a smaller puffer species, a wrasse and a couple other smaller fish if you kept up on water changes. But the stocking I'd get another opinion cause I'm not to good with it.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:42 AM   #7
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You can use fake decor but you need base rock as your filtration. And at least 1 piece if LR to seed it. Make sure you read the nitrogen cycle. And dogface puffers get too bug for a 55 but there are some smaller puffers. Read Alot before doing anything else. Trust me. Saltwater fish are much more sensitive. Don't skimp on anything. If you buy cheap it'll lead to problems in the long run.
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:42 AM   #8
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I'm familiar with everything but the test kits... I now understand the salt levels and will be getting a hydrometer.... Can you go into detail on what the test kit does and what I need to do if the levels or results aren't accurate
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Old 10-20-2012, 04:47 AM   #9
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Completely lost on the nitrate and ammonia... And I have decided on the base rock... I do know all about that... I will definitely be getting some LR, as I see everywhere that it's necessary for the tank.

HAVE:
Fluval 406
Heater

NEED:
Live rock
Base rock
Power head
Saltwater
Hydrometer

CURIOUS:
Protein skimmer
Test kit (no idea what this is)
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So. Ammonia and nitrite should always be 0 if they're not your fish are in danger. It is mainly for making sure your cycle is done and your tank isnt doing a mini cycle. Nitrate should be kept as close to 0 as possible. Up to 20 I believe is exceptable levels for fish to handle. Nitrite and ammonia will stay down at 0 If you have enough LR/BR nitrate will slowly go up and you get it down by doing water changes.

Any other questions feel free to ask also I highly recommend you get close to 50lbs of LR/BR and idk about that filter but most filters are just nitrate factories and are best just left out of saltwater.
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