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Old 07-28-2009, 10:59 AM   #1
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Need some help completing my Saltwater tank on a budget. Pictures-

So I have this 75 gallon tank. I've already mixed in the salt and such and it has been about 30 days since I've done this. The tank sits above a 4o gallon freshwater tank. I currently have a fluval 304 filter. BUT- it cracked on the latch area of the bowl so now I guess I need to either buy another filter, fix this one, or design one using a 15 gallon spare tank I have.

What would you suggest? My plans for the tank are to put a few fish in it and some live rock. I'd also like a see anenomy or three. (sp?)

Questions:
1. What is the m ost cost effective way of filtering this tank?
2. I have normal lights that were used ona fresh water tank, will these work?
3. Check out the rocks I have in the tank, are these type rocks ok to use in salt water?
4. I have two power pumps that hook into a self build circle of PVC below the coral rock, these keep the water flowing in circles. Is this too much water movement?

I'm getting back into salt water after having had a tank when I was a teenager. Looking for good ideas. But with the economy the way it is I' need to keep spending to a minimum. (soon to change)

5. Can I keep plastick plants in a saltwater tank?

Thanks for any help you provide.



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Old 07-28-2009, 11:11 AM   #2
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Questions:
1. What is the m ost cost effective way of filtering this tank?
2. I have normal lights that were used ona fresh water tank, will these work?
3. Check out the rocks I have in the tank, are these type rocks ok to use in salt water?
4. I have two power pumps that hook into a self build circle of PVC below the coral rock, these keep the water flowing in circles. Is this too much water movement?
1. IMO, the most cost effective filtering for the long run, would be to buy a skimmer box (overflow) and convert your freshwater tank below into a sump. put a skimmer, some live rock rubble, and a return pump in it. I like your idea of an under-gravel powerhead system. That will help with filtration as well. The more liverock you have in your tank + the more water flow you have, the better your biological filtration will be.
2. The lights you have will work fine if your going to just do fish only with live rock (FOWLR) Just don't expect to be able to keep many corals.
3. It's hard to tell exactly which type of rock those are. sorry.
4. No that is not too much water movement, you'll likely want more than that once you get some more live rock in the tank (if that's the route you decide to tank)

there are many ways to setup and maintain a saltwater system. good luck.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:14 AM   #3
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btw this is the skimmer box I bought, if your not afraid of drilling (it's fun and easy!!!)

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1. IMO, the most cost effective filtering for the long run, would be to buy a skimmer box (overflow) and convert your freshwater tank below into a sump. put a skimmer, some live rock rubble, and a return pump in it. I like your idea of an under-gravel powerhead system. That will help with filtration as well. The more liverock you have in your tank + the more water flow you have, the better your biological filtration will be.
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I'd rather not drill holes inthe tank. But I like the idea of a "Sump"- I'll do some more research in that direction. If I have an extra 15 gallong tank laying around wouldn't that make a better sump?

Liverock- Where can I buy some at a good price? Is it pretty much all the same?

Skimmer box. This is a new one on me. Is it part of the sump?
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I have gotten all of my live rock from craigslist for a fraction of what it would cost me at the LFS. I don't have any mantis shrimp or pistol shrimp surprises either. I usually get a lot of hitchhikers on my rock snails, hermit crabs, coral, feather dusters, star fish and a nasty little surprise of aptasia which I pretty much have under control.

You can get several styles of skimmers just google it. The skimmer tanks the proteins out of the water.
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Red you can save money on rock by doing a combo of base rock (marcorock.com) 75% to 25% of LR.
A skimmer takes out the DOCs from the water. Lots of folks use them and it is a piece of equipment you don't not want to skimp on/ ASM, auqaC remora and octopus aree some of the brands that are better. You can get an insump one, or HOB.
It is a personal preference if you want one or not. I don't use them.
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if in the future you want to keep corals and stuff, try these lighting fixtures. theyre great and they wont break the bank! Current USA Satellite Power Compact PC Aquarium Light Fixtures
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I just boug 30 pounds of live rock from this place: Welcome to International Marine Fish - Premium Live Rock It was on sale and I figured 30 pounds shipped for 30.00 can't be too bad.

I do have a filter that hangs over the side. It's a large one. Can this be used for a SW set up?
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it should probably be good for what you have in mind (FOWLR)
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Take out the media in the filter and fill it with live rock rubble. You may want to get about 50lbs. more live rock.
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