Hi all. Rob here from LI New York.
I've been a FreshWater tank owner for MANY years. My current tank has been running for about 4 years with African Ciclids. Recently, while helping my 3.5year old feed them, we somehow cracked the support bar going across the middle of my 45gal AG Tank. I stopped by my LFS
, and was told I SHOULD replace the entire collar to make sure it's safe. I ordered the part today and should have it by the end of the week. With 3 little kiddies in the house, I will not take chances. Plus, it was only $15 and I was pretty much expecting to have to replace the tank!
ANYWAY..why am I posting here? My wife and I have always wanted to go with a SW
Reef tank. Being that I need to drain the tank to install the new collar, we decided we are going to take the plunge.
I've been reading as much as I can online (found this forum) and also talked to my LFS
sales guy at Aquarium Adventures. Here is my current equipment listing that I plan to reuse on my reef tank:
45Gallon All Glass Tank with brand new Collar
AquaClear 500 HangOn Filter
AquaClear PowerHeads (a 402 and a 502)
I also have a bunch of Penquin PH's not being used currently
I purchased a 20lb Dead Coral that's been in my Ciclid tank for some time now. I hope I can use it
The fish expert at the shop advised me that I could use this filter but I would not use the standard media. He said he'd give me what I needed when I was ready to get this filter working. He DID say I will need to add a Protein Skimmer if using this filter.
I know I need Sand and some Live Rock to kick off the process.
I will also replace my Hood and lighting as I have the standard Perfecto Hood and light. I'd like to get just a glass Canopy and a better light.
any Opinions on the above setup/advice?
Anyway, apologies for the long post... Once I get started there's no stopping me
I'm sure I'll have a million questions once I officially start the project.