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Old 07-07-2009, 12:08 AM   #1
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From Fresh to Salt?

ok, I'm sure this may be a little redundant of a question to ask on here since I'm sure it gets asked 10 times a day.. but I don't really have the resources to look at it, since I'm on my blackberry right now. however, I'm going from fresh to salt.

I currently have a 55gallon with a wet/dry system with bio balls. The return pump does about 1100gph at the head, so I assume it's roughly 700 when it reaches the tank. This tank was used for cichlids and has been up and running for roughly 9 months. I'm bored with it, all my cichlids are full grown now and they're having babies like crazy.

I have roughly 80-100 lbs of lace rock. Can I use this rock for corals?

What kind of light would I need to grow soft corals? (links would be especially nice here)

what fish do I stay away from if I go with corals?

can I use the existing sand in the tank to continue with salt?

How do I go about cleaning the tank and all the rockwork for the saltwater fish?

what is the normal routine for maintenance? is it true if I have clean up crabs and such.. I don't have to clean the bottom?

will a 20 gallon long work for a sump? or will I need more?

I also have an auto top off system for evaporation. Right now it's a 5 gallon bucket, I expect to expand that to about 15 gallons of RO water when its time for the switch over.

oh, and recomendations on a protein skimmer? (do I need one, if so.. links?)

.. I think that's the end of my questions

Thanks,

Will
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