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Old 08-23-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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I initially had a 90 gallon freshwater tank. However, yesterday I converted it into a saltwater tank. Here is a list of all my current equipment:
90 gallon all glass tank
Eheim 2217 canister filter
SeaClone Protein Skimmer
Aqueon heater
Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand
Hydrometer
I filled the tank with "treated" tap water yesterday using Tetra AquaSafe Water Conditioner. This morning when I check the tank the water is still a bit cloudy, but much clearer than last night. The salinity is currently at 1.024
Question, what is it that I can change/add to this setup before I add any fish to the tank.
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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I would recommend you check out our SW articles section. You are going to need something to host beneficial bacteria (99% of people use Live rock for this) and you will need to cycle the tank (also an article).

That canister filter will need to be cleaned often so that stuff doesn't build up in there.
You will want to eventually ditch the hydrometer for a refractometer, the hydros are really inaccurate.

You should go get ammonia, nitrite and nitrate test kits and check what your levels are at now and through the cycle. There is so much we could tell you right now (not that you have done anything wrong) so I would suggest you do some reading into the basics and then get back to us with any further questions.
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Are there any alternatives to the canister filter?
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Old 08-23-2010, 11:59 AM   #4
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You don't even have to use the canister if you don't want. Most people use sumps/refugiums to conceal equipment and add water volume.

Some good reading:
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Based on what I am reading I am thinking I could continue to use the Eheim canister for a few months and then as my budget permits me, I can go ahead and buy a wet/dry filtration system.
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Jimbo7,
1. Do I absolutely need powerheads. ?
2. Is tap water an absolute N0-NO?
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absolutely need? no, but for 30$ or so they will do absolute wonders in maintaining water chemistry. Good flow and turnover rate will also decrease on algae and other problems.

Tap water is, but simple RO water is suitable for a fish only tank. You can buy it as distilled or purified drinking water at places like wal-mart or your local supermarket.
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is the too much or too little for a 90 gallon:
KORALIA 3 UL 850 gph 6.5W
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you want at least 10x turnover rate in your tank, which includes what is coming back out of your canister filter. So say you have 200GPH coming out of your canister and 2 powerheads with 400GPH you have a total of 1000GPH which is just over 10x. It is usually better with larger tanks to get several smaller ones then one large one to try and prevent dead spots. Don't be afraid of too much flow unless you have delicate fish. I have seen reef tanks with 90x turnover.
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Okay….so here is my game plan since I already fill my tank with water. I will let it continue to run and once the water condition is optimal. I will introduce a few damsels and maybe hermit crabs. Then if all goes well after a month I should be in a much better financial position to buy some:

Live rocks, Powerheads

And then if that work our well introduce a few more fish.
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