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Old 05-01-2014, 10:02 PM   #1
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Water change schedule for a 55 gallon saltwater

I am starting a 55 gallon saltwater and plan to have a lot of fish what is a good water change schedule? I also need help on good food to feed them i plan to have carnivores and herbivores.
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Well a general idea is 10% weekly. But it will depend on stock and equipment. A heavily stocked tank with no skimmer will need a lot larger and more frequent wc than a lightly stocked tank with a skimmer. What fish did you plan on having?
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Like small puffers and triggers and a few others. I only have a filter.
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You will need a skimmer, especially if you want puffers. Triggers get to large and need more swimming room than a 55 offers. You plan on having base/live rock right?
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Yes live rock. I can make a small sump but what is a good skimmer? And pump?
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Some good brands are ASM, Buggle Magnus, eshopps, reef octopus. You will need to figure out how much room you have in the sump
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Water change schedule for a 55 gallon saltwater

I am thinking a 20 or 30 gAllon sump and doing a diy draw wet dry filter. any protein skimmers that are cheap. Is coral life good?
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Cheap and protein skimmer don't go together. Corallife are ok, not really that great. A good skimmer goes a long way
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Like small puffers and triggers and a few others. I only have a filter.
You should look at liveaquaria.com to look into tank size requirements before jumping on any fish. There aren't many triggers that will be happy in a 55 and not that many puffers...though the blue spotted puffer is an amazing one that would fit the bill.
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