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Old 08-03-2014, 02:35 PM   #1
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Newbie to the saltwater world

Hey guys I just have a few questions I was hoping could be answered as I am new to the whole saltwater tank world and wanted tk gjve it a go. I have a 33g tank that I want to turn into a fowlr tank. Ive been doing recearch for about two to three weeks now and a few things I have seen have contradicted each other. First question is if I have live rock and a protein skimmer, do I need a filter? I have seen that I do and that I dont. Another question is, can I use dechlorinated tap water for my water instead of R/O water? Lastly, since im only going fowlr do I need a certain light bul or will any do? Thanks a lot!

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Old 08-03-2014, 10:38 PM   #2
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as long as you have a bulb thats fish safe you'll be ok. get R/O water. dont risk it with tap or dechlorinated water. ive seen and heard when the water treatments dont work will really spike your levels. as for filters it all depends on what your doing with fish. i have a filter. if you dont get one you'll be doing more water changes. if you do get one it will be less mess to clean up in your tank.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:07 AM   #3
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Okay, ill start checking my lfs if they have R/O water for sale. And not exactly sure what type of fish I want yet. For a filter I have either a fluval 206 kicking around or a hob filter sized for a 55g. Which woukd work better, or be more practical? And if I had a filter would I need a protein skimmer as well?

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Old 08-04-2014, 08:33 PM   #4
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a filter and protein skimmer work hand in hand. the skimmer gets rid of access waste and food and the filter keeps the water clear and clean. i have the fluval fx5 in my 55 and it works amazing. i would say choose what youd prefer. sumps are always the best way to go though
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So new plan! I got a 55g from a friend who was upgrading to a 180g. So I am going to be using that instead of a 30g. So im off to home depot tomorrow to get wood to make a stand for the new tank. After that ill be getting all the needed stuff to get this tank cycling. Just one question, will two 525 gph powerheads be good for a flow in the tank?

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Old 08-10-2014, 01:38 PM   #6
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For a FOWLR I'd use a HOB filter just because it will give you more options when it comes to what you want to add Carbon, copper, phos. pads can be placed in a HOB in seconds You can use treated water but after a while the minerals will build up in the system causing problems long term. (RO/DI is your friend)

Most of your bio filtration will come from your live rock A skimmer aids in the removal of proteins that cause algae growth while adding oxygen to the water. you'll want one.
As for lights any light will work. If it were me i'd buy good LEDs now ones that can support SPS coral.
I'll bet most every one here started with a FOWLR. Then spent even more money upgrading there lights One thing in this hobby buy the best you can the first time out Upgrades cost to much!
Flow looks a little low maybe two 850's you want to keep any junk floating so the filter remove it. Oh. and drill that 55 you'll thank me later
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What do you mean by drill lol

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Here ya go. How To: Installing an internal aquarium overflow and drilling holes in glass aquariums - YouTube
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If I drilled it. How would I clog it because I am nit using a sump.

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You wouldnt drill it if you were using a hangon filter. BUT BUT BUT if you are building a stand I say drill the tank and add a sump. You can use an old 10g or 20g tank underneath as the sump.
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