I think I have decided to convert from Saltwater to Fresh. I know I know. The maintenance needed for Salt is just too much for me at the moment and I need to figure out a way to cut costs while not giving up the hobby (tough times these days are).
Can someone provide guidance for the conversion? Im really looking for suggestions on equipment setup and changes. I would like to keep freshwater plants and fish (possibly a turtle?).
So far Im assuming the following:
-Live rock will need to go
-Skimmer will need to go
-Sand will be replaced with gravel
-Tank emptied, scrubed, and cycled for fresh
-I have a friend that is going to inherit the remaining stock
Does it make sense to use the sump as a refugium? The return is built into the tank. So it is naturally set up for sump use.
What would be the most ideal and cost effective set up? I realize this is a hefty set of questions, any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
My current set up is as follows.
-48" T5 Strip (x1 28watt 10k daylight T5 and x1 28watt TA Blue T5)
Tank (fish only):
-150 Gallon tank with return from sump (no hood)
-Koriala 4 pumps x2
-tons of live rock
-Cant recall what model pump
-Bio Ball filtration
-Protein Skimmer (I know that has to go)
-Turbo Twist UV Filter
-Jager 200 watt Heaters x2