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Old 04-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #1
 
Another Noob.. Sorry

Alright everyone, I am new to the forum and new to saltwater. I have a 29 gallon FW cichlid tank that has been operating great for well over 6 months. I am looking to get another 29 gallon but go SW with this one. I have the FW on one side of my tv and want to put the other one on the other side (its my man cave lol).

I have been reading on here for weeks and there is a ton of information going around with little or no specific recomendations. I know a lot goes to preference but I am the type that needs someone to say go buy THIS.

I would like to match in style my current FW tank if I can. It is a marineland 29 gallon with LED lighting. First is this type lighting ok for FOWLR tank. The day and night LEDS are great and the power consumption is very low with no heat transfer. The link to the type tank is here: Aquarium Kits: Marineland BIO-Wheel LED Aquarium Kit

If the lights are not acceptable then please recommend a different set up. I am just trying to keep some sort of uniformity in style (so the wife won't hate it).

My next issue is that I have limited wall space for asthetic purposes and would like to have the tank as close to the wall as possible. The kicker is that I don't want to do a sump because I don't want to drill glass.

Next question will be in regards to skimmers. While trying to keep the tank as close to possible to the wall what would you all recommend. I see that are slide in skimmers and HOB's. Not opposed to an HOB as long as its not like a foot away from the wall.

I want to do this right and want to be set up for success. When the decision is made on the tank I will post additional questions. My overall goal is to ideentify everything I need in order to place one big order. I would like to have this stuff identified by the end of the week so I can place an order. I plan on going on vacation in June so my intent is to set up the tank and start the cycle process so I have a good tank after returning.

My budget will be about 600.00 and I don't do DIY.
This seems to be a great forum with a lot of people willing to help. Thanks for the recommendations.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:59 PM   #2
 
The lights are acceptable for a FOWLR, no worries there.
Skimmer, would be a tough one for you, but, we do have a couple different options here.
Hydor USA SlimSkim Internal Skimmer for Mini Aquariums and Mini Reefs, 48-65 Gal (Hydor) - product summary - Bing Shopping
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:11 PM   #3
 
I am glad you chimmed in I was hoping you would. You seem to be one of the go to guys around here. I did look at those type skimmers but after I posted I ran across this one that only needs 3.5 clearance from the wall. I am not opposed to it but need to know if it would be suffecient.

Aquarium Filtration & Water Quality: SeaClone Protein Skimmer

Will the lights on my tank support any type of Anemone for clownfish.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:21 PM   #4
 
Ah, well, its a skimmer, not one that I would recommned, as its not a very good one. Will it skim, yes, but not at all where it should. But, it will suffice for a fish only tank, I would not use it if you plan on incorporating any corals in there.
The LED unit will not support a Anemone. They are not strong enough. Perhaps Softies or Mushrooms.
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:30 PM   #5
 
Ok, I will rethink my lighting. If I add hoods to my tanks I should be able to keep the LEDs on the FW and can go bigger LED's on the SW. How do Stunner LED's manage

Are you opposed to HOB skimmers, if not would you reccomend a good one. I saw this one
Reef Aquarium Filtration & Protein Skimmers: Eshopps Hang-On Protein Skimmers

Thank you for all your help.

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Old 04-29-2012, 03:56 PM   #6
 
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if you can convince yourself to drill the tank you would be better off IMO. the glass-holes kits are great and you would never know your saltwater tank had more water volume then the freshwater one. could you post a picture of the freshwater stand? will you be using the same one for the saltwater one to match? i suggest a sump, even if its just a 10 gallon or even better a 20L tank for your skimmer and heaters ( and possible carbon/phosban reactors ) i read your not looking to DIY but it is an easy enough DIY if you can use a drill and go slow enough with it and well worth that little extra effort IMO.

welcome to the forum.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:16 PM   #7
 
With the stand that I planned on using there is support wood on both ends but the middle is open. If I drill the tank it would have to be in the middle. I prefer not to do it but again I am looking to do it right.

Does anyone know of a tank that is 29g (classic demensions) predrilled that is sold. I see a lot of acrylic out there, I am just so confused lol....

I have not bought anything yet for this tank.

Thank you for the warm welcome.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:24 PM   #8
 
Okay, if I drill a tank of this size where would I drill approximately? I just found empty tanks for cheap online so drilling may be an option.
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:51 PM   #9
 
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it depends on what you are trying to do as to where to drill. different style overflows would require holes in different places. i suggest looking into glass-holes overflows and you would be drilling a hole a few inches from the top if you went this route. as long as you drill slowly and let the weight of the drill do the work its fairly easy to drill glass ( dont forget to also keep the diamond drill bit wet ) glass-holes sell an overflow kit that comes with a drill bit for about $100. then it wouldnt be much to pick up a used 20L tank ( or similiar ) and silicon a few baffles in place for a sump. sorry, i know i have you DIYing, lol.

what did you have in mind for fish? a 29 wont make for such a great FOWLR for large fish wise ( although there still are some great choices ofcourse )
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Old 04-29-2012, 06:03 PM   #10
 
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Ok, I will rethink my lighting. If I add hoods to my tanks I should be able to keep the LEDs on the FW and can go bigger LED's on the SW. How do Stunner LED's manage

Are you opposed to HOB skimmers, if not would you reccomend a good one. I saw this one
Reef Aquarium Filtration & Protein Skimmers: Eshopps Hang-On Protein Skimmers

Thank you for all your help.
Eshopp sells a good skimmer
Stunner LED's are a good strong lighting for corals.
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