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Old 10-28-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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55g FOWLR - new tank!

Hello all,

I just picked up a 55 long, stand, 50lbs live rock, and live sand for $55 from my LFS, and my current plan is to do a FOWLR . I have a 3g reef, but no experience with larger SW. Anyways, what are some basics for this tank? Thoughts on stocking, equipment, and miscellaneous tips are greatly appreciated!

Here is my equipment list to purchase:

Suitable HOB filter

A nice set of lights

Two Koralia 425s

Thermometer

A skimmer (input needed)

Probably a 100-200w heater

Next update will probably be photos of tank positioned, leak test and sealants if needed. Stay tuned!


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First pic! Not sure about a sump yet, drilling is possible...




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Old 10-28-2014, 10:46 PM   #3
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Update #2:

I also just picked up a used T5 fixture, dual bulbs - lighting is covered! I'm wondering if I switched out the bulbs for 10000k and actinic I could support some soft coral or even LPS...

Would two bulbs be enough for coral?


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Not sure about your questions but im definitely tuning in!
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Update #2:

I also just picked up a used T5 fixture, dual bulbs - lighting is covered! I'm wondering if I switched out the bulbs for 10000k and actinic I could support some soft coral or even LPS...

Would two bulbs be enough for coral?


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You could keep softies and probably acans and lower light lps. Nice to see you starting up a bigger tank man!


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Hello all,

I just picked up a 55 long, stand, 50lbs live rock, and live sand for $55 from my LFS, and my current plan is to do a FOWLR . I have a 3g reef, but no experience with larger SW. Anyways, what are some basics for this tank? Thoughts on stocking, equipment, and miscellaneous tips are greatly appreciated!

Here is my equipment list to purchase:

Suitable HOB filter

A nice set of lights

Two Koralia 425s

Thermometer

A skimmer (input needed)

Probably a 100-200w heater

Next update will probably be photos of tank positioned, leak test and sealants if needed. Stay tuned!


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Dingus!! What's up bud?

For your equipment I would suggest
Filter-ac110
Lights-see you got some
Flow-I would say go with a little more, wp10s are cheap right now so that may be a good option instead of one of the k-nanos
Skimmer-reef octopus and eshopps make nice hob models.
I'll be following, can't waking to see what you do with all this space
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Not sure about your questions but im definitely tuning in!

Glad to have you along!


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Dingus!! What's up bud?

For your equipment I would suggest
Filter-ac110
Lights-see you got some
Flow-I would say go with a little more, wp10s are cheap right now so that may be a good option instead of one of the k-nanos
Skimmer-reef octopus and eshopps make nice hob models.
I'll be following, can't waking to see what you do with all this space

Hey Red! This should be a fun tank, but its going to be rather slow in development for now. I'm looking at the wp10, and it seems like a good choice - better control seems like a plus too. I'm going to pick up some more salt and the ac110 in the next few days (My one 50g bag has lasted till now for the Pico ) The rock is actually only somewhat "live", damp but mostly dry on the surface. Can't wait to start equasceping it this weekend! I'll post pics and take input!


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You could keep softies and probably acans and lower light lps. Nice to see you starting up a bigger tank man!


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I'm really looking forward to dealing with a big tank, more Aquascaping room and many more fish to choose from. I still might look for a T5 fixture, but unfortunately I found out mine is only 25w per bulb. which works out to 50w for 55 gallons (even though it's PAR that matters. I assume wattage still comes in to play.)

At this point I might just stick with FOWLR for now, with reef upgrades possible. Would two or three Tao panels reach to the bottom?


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Well, it seems that a good deal of my planned equipment is on back order until late November, so I'll probably be getting it in early December and be done cycling around early January. For now, I'll be adding SW, experimenting with rockscapes, and and planning what to stock.


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