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Old 12-13-2008, 12:59 AM   #1
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ready to convert?

The short story, in the spring I'll have an open 55gal tank. After being convinced that a FOWLR tank would be affordable, I'm leaning towards setting one up. For more details, check out the thread.

what to do with a 55gal?

Right now I'm looking at a fairly basic setup.

-69lbs of florida base rock from macrorocks.com...I know, not the best, but it's all I can afford
-couple maxi-jet powerheads to move water around
-couple bags of aragonite sand
-skimmer...well that's still somewhat up in the air

I was originally looking at a skilter, but discovered it received bad reviews. I decided to extend my skimmer budget to the $100 area to see what I could get. I found the coralife super skimmer 65. Seems to be rated well enough, but I read it can be difficult to set up in a HOB setup. (I have no sump) I also read good things about the Octopus HOB units. Another member recommended a remora HOB unit, I found a few on ebay in my price range, but none included the pump, so that would be another $20 or so.

By the way, I haven't even considered fish. What would be some good beginner fish for a 55gal?

I'm getting sleepy and my mind is wandering. Anything else I should know?
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Old 12-13-2008, 08:46 AM   #2
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Looks pretty good.
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Old 12-13-2008, 03:01 PM   #3
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i would say make it a "PROJECT" tank your time do it slow and go with a FOWLR set up. try this website for some rock www.rockquatics.com they have base rock and soemtimes will supply you with a quater pound of LR rubble to seed your BR. Those powerheads will do fine and maybe you can eventully switch to different ones. The only problem you maybe come into is the protein skimmer which lke i said make it a project. look around a bit.
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some great tanks ive seen started out as a project tank. You should have no trouble turning this into a great tank. Just remember nothing in saltwater is fast.
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I don't see any prices on that website. How do I know how much they cost?
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By the way, any suggestions for livestock?
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Clownfish, Pink spotted goby, Chromis just to name a few.
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Clownfish are pretty neat. Gobies are burrowers correct? Meaning I'd have to get a deeper sandbed?
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I dont. I have two and one sifts occaisionally and the other sifts all the time. Neither one of them burrows. Here they are in this thread

Gobies and Blennies?
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you have to email and get pieces priced out on the website.sorry about that they can send you pieces of what you want. also look on ebay!!
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