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Old 12-22-2004, 12:11 PM   #1
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Going from freshwater to salt

I have a 75gal tank that is freshwater and I'd like to convert it to saltwater. I've heard that it's a demanding job keeping a saltwater tank clean and the fish happy - daily cleaning, the salt cakes on everything, etc., but I'm skeptical...it can't be THAT bad, can it?

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Old 12-22-2004, 12:15 PM   #2
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Read Robert Fenner's "Conscientious Marine Aquarist" before you make another move!

IMO, you'd do well to read a bit and buy the right things. You'll enjoy it more doing the right (or righter ) things.

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Old 12-22-2004, 12:44 PM   #3
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I just converted my 55 to sw. I actually think it is easier because it is so much more interesting - especially if you are going with live rock. Every day there is something new to look at. I love to do the cleaning, and after 4 months, I still don't see any salt creep. I'm either doing things right, or extremely wrong. Make sure you ask lots of questions here - I bought almost $500 of things I don't need and will never use. (found these guys after initial set up ) Find a LFS you trust, and stick with them. That $500 would have been a wonderful sum to add to my new lights.
55 gal. reef. Coralife lunar lights 4 x 65, 120 lbs live rock. Remora skimmer, 3 power heads. 2 tank raise false percula,2 pajama cardinal,hermits, snails, Xenia, leathers, mushrooms, polyp frags, yellow sea cucumber, And last but not least - the miserable mantis.
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Old 12-22-2004, 03:08 PM   #4
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Its not THAT difficult. It is more maintenance, mainly in water chemistry, than a non-planted freshwater tank, but if you set up the tank right, have a good skimmer, and don't over stock, teh tank almost runs itself (which is true of any 'proper' aquarium really).
Reef tanks are a bit more maintenance as you have to maintain alk and calcium levels, but that's something you can move up to after a few months of fish only or FOWLR setup. This also makes the transition to salt cheaper, since you won't have to spend $300+ on lighting right away.
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