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Old 02-25-2010, 05:59 PM   #1
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65 Gallon Freshwater to Salt

I have an emporer 400 on my freshwater tank I would like to have a sump eventually with a protien skimmer I'm going to use live sand substrate why else will I need thanks
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:06 PM   #2
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Live rock is another great substrate.
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You may also want to use power heads so there is no dead spots in your tank
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Will the emporer be an ok filter for awhile?
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Old 02-25-2010, 06:17 PM   #5
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Yes,it should,but you will need a sump and skimmer.What are you planning to do reef or fowlr?
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Fowlr I have a heagon tall tank with no much of an opening like 12 in to be exact what sump would you recommend that's cheap
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Im not sure but sometimes its better to go a little expensive so you know youre getting good quality.
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Live rock is not a substrate. Live sand, or dry aragonite sand would be considered substrate. For a 65G tank you definitely want a protein skimmer, and you most likely would not be able to get by without one. For a tank that large, proper filtration is a must, and while a sump is NOT required, it is in your best interest to obtain one. A sump will allow you to have more water volume throughout your system, and will contribute a big part to having better water quality.

The live rock will count for biological filtration, which will play a big part in filtering your water, but 65G is a lot of water, so live rock alone won't cut it. Also, for a tank this size, you won't be able to skimp on a protein skimmer. You will want the best one that your budget can afford. One type of skimmer i would stay away from is the Seaclone. Types of skimmers that are great are Venturi, Reef Octopus, and a couple others i forget the names of. A great place to look for skimmers is at Aquarium Supplies - Aquarium Supplies for your Tropical Fish, Saltwater Fish, Reef Aquarium, Marine Fish, Saltwater Aquarium Their prices are excellent and shipping is only 4.95. However, they may charge 6 or 7 $ extra if it's a heavy item.

For more on skimming, i would advise strongly on reading this article from our very own AA:

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Save your money and just get a dry aragonite sand and it will become overtime. Read this

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I'm looking strongly at the CPR 192 with venturi skimmer. Anyone have any experince with a marineland canister filter are they any good? Also how forget work, you would need to get a hang on the tannk protien skimmer with one of those wouldent you?
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