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Old 11-08-2014, 07:20 PM   #1
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Empty 55 gallon what to do ?

I have done fresh water tanks for over 15 years .. I have an empty 55 and wanted to try something different . Never done salt so this will be an interesting step . Lol

Tank info ,

Standard 55 gallon

I have 2 aqueon 70's at 400 gal/hr

A maxi jet 900

Lighting is your standard led lights nothing fancy ..

Like I said never done SW before ..

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Sounds like a good start! Did you have any questions?
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Thanks for quick reply , I guess my questions are , is my filtration enough I see a lot of ppl have sumps and canisters ..

Is any certain " live rock " I should try to find ?

I have plenty of sand for substrate it's for fresh or marine ..

After I'm done cycling and I add fish ..

My wife loves the clowns .. Are they a good " noob " fish ?

If so what are some good tank mates ?


Sorry for all the ? 's. Lol

This tank is at least a month off from starting so I have plenty of time to do research and prepare lol.. Again thanks for reading and replying
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Filtration - most people avoid canisters as they can contribute to nitrate in the tank. Refugiums are a huge help though. I couldn't recommend one more.

You can get dry rock to prevent hitch hikers. Any kind of dry rock can work.

Is the substrate you have made of aragonite?

The clowns are great noob fish.

Gobies, blennies, and wrasses are good tank mates. But you can head to www.liveaquaria.com to find some more fish.
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:55 PM   #5
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Kool thanks I'll research the filtration and fish , as for substrate I'll have to look when I get back to house ..


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Kool thanks I'll research the filtration and fish , as for substrate I'll have to look when I get back to house ..


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Really the live rock is the only source of biological filtration you need.
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Ok , kool , I have a LFS that carries a lot of SW stuff I'll check them out Monday .. How many LBS would be good for a 55 ? Or is it more personal pref?
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1 to 2.5 pounds per gallon. Is a good figure. Bulk reef supply sells dry rock super cheap.
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Ok kool thanks again . Just trying to do this right on the first shot , or at least close lol...
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Ugh my substrate I had stocked is not marine , oh well I'll use it on my 2 other builds ... What's a good marine substrate , I would like to stay a natural sand color ...
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Old 11-09-2014, 03:03 PM   #12
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Ok kool thanks ..
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you don't need live rock as that gets expensive fast
base rock is your best choice it's cheaper no bad hitchhikers and it will become live over time
some places have better deals on base rock starting at $1.50 per pound with free shipping
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you don't need live rock as that gets expensive fast
base rock is your best choice it's cheaper no bad hitchhikers and it will become live over time
some places have better deals on base rock starting at $1.50 per pound with free shipping

Yea , I found some good "dry rock " pretty decent price , gonna get at least 60-65 lbs . 50 - 55 lbs for tank and 10 for refugium
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Make sure the rock is porous for good bacteria to live. I highly recommend drilling your tank and having a sump.
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Update , still in planning stages , I'm doing either my 55 gallon long or a 56 gallon column , either one my wife decides I'm doing at the least a 20 gallon Refridgium , what is your best suggestion For a protein skimmer
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Lol right , I've figured around 800 bucks so far not counting fish lol
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Empty 55 gallon what to do ?

Ok , wife finally " made her mind up " on doing the 56 gallon column tank as our Reef tank . Deff going to have to upgrade lights as it only has a single T5 ballast , also has a glass top . Was thinking about doing open top , as for Refridgium I found a cheap 20 gal long tank , my LFS has I believe it was an instant ocean brand skimmer , looked like it was a HOB one so I'm going to go elsewhere for that .. I've seen ppl use the octopus brand .. As for salt going with instant ocean , unless you guys/gals recommend something else ... Substrate they carry sand and crushed coral for marine only , 17 bucks for 25lbs bag and they have Caribbean live sand for 22 bucks for 20lbs ...... Prolly going with the other sand .. Doing dry base rock haven't ordered any yet , 65 lbs for 120 bucks or something like that ... Now do I need any other filtration aside from the sump and rock ??
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Here is a stock list I did from aquadvisor

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Said they were compatible reef safe , and my stock level is 95% with 10% water change a week
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