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Old 01-15-2011, 09:15 PM   #1
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new tank

as every one knows i had this 55 gal hex front tank . well i was having a lot of problems with it as not looking the way i wanted it to the fack it is not drilled so every thing was hob . so i went on the hunt for drilled tank for a good price and found this 55 gal with stand and canopy with overflow box for 180 $ . now i just got to find out what all i need to go under the tank to get it up and running . my faith in being a owner of a nice salt water tank is restored . . hope you like the picks and also there is a pick of every thing i all ready own . i know the filter wont be of no use to me and this tank . so any info will be be appreciated.



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Old 01-16-2011, 07:03 AM   #2
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A lot of people here say to size your skimmer 1.5 x tank size,so you may want to return your skimmer and get one for a 100g tank!! I'd also use 2 heaters rather than one and get a refractometer.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:00 AM   #3
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i would return a lot of that stuff. as dave said, the skimmer is too small for your system. they don't work that well anyway. i would get one rated for 125-150 gallon tank actually, considering the sump volume. the brand i would probably go with would be octopus.

i too, would return the hydrometer and purchase a refractometer.
and thirdly, i also would use 2 heaters.

i would return the cannister and build a sump out of a standard tank. probably a 20 long. i know the space is limited under a 55.

if you are planning on keeping photosynthetic livestock, i would return the hagen t-5 lamps and purchase ATI lamps for that fixture. i see 2 lamps. is that a 2 bulb fixture? will this be a reef or a FOWLR?
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Old 01-16-2011, 09:50 PM   #4
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thanks for the info guys helps a lot . i am returning the skimmer and filter tomorrow . i do have two heaters for the tank both rated for a 60 gal tank and my lights are a 2 bulb fixture and i got two of them for 4 bulbs total . i am going to be buying a Aqueon ProFlex Modular Sump Filtration set up and a skimmer for 115 gal tank . my plans for the tank is fowlr . only plans for fish is two nemo fish . once i get the full hang of sw tank i will add some coral that's easy to take care of . if you guys got any suggestions on good pumps and what kind i need please tell me
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:22 AM   #5
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pumps for flow or return from sump, or both?
those koralias you have are good. i might have gone with a 2 or 3 though, instead of those model 1's.
for return from sump, danner mag drive pumps are popular. i like Quiet One brand pumps myself.
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Old 01-17-2011, 01:32 AM   #6
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thanks for the info i will be looking into them tonight wile at work . i really want to get this tank up and running
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that's a reef ready tank right? a mag 7, mag 9.5 or quiet one 3000 or 4000 would do fine for a return pump.
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yes i do believe it to be a reef ready tank . its a built in side over flow with two holes . one for drain one for fill also is it the 4000 or the 4000hh you recommended
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either will work fine. you don't have that much head loss that you need the HH (high head) model, but it's up to you.
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cool thanks for the info . i got everything returned today so i am going to be shopping for all i need
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