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Does this look like a good deal?
Old 09-12-2011, 08:58 PM   #11
 
I know lol, but I am in no rush. Might take me 6 months to afford everything BEFORE the fish but I'm okay with that. So I can find pieces easily that will fit the size aquarium I choose? Like lights and skimmers and such?
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:01 PM   #12
 
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55 is probably the most common size tank ever built. So definitely.
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:08 PM   #13
 
Ok awesome thanks :) I'm not set on 55g, anywhere between 30 and 55 is fine with me
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:18 PM   #14
 
Quick question.. If I end up finding a tank that comes with a filter, but it was previously used for fresh water, would the filter be okay to use for salt? Or would I have to get a different filter? Sorry if this is a stupid question
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Old 09-12-2011, 09:59 PM   #15
 
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Just swap out the media.


I'd try to find a canister filter for SW.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:02 PM   #16
 
Ok, that's what I thought. Thanks :)
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:05 PM   #17
 
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a stupid question is the one not asked.

i would personally avoid 55 gallon tanks for a saltwater display. yes, people have 55 gallon saltwater tanks, but they are narrow and tough to get a nice rock scape.
not only does it cost an arm, leg and maybe your other leg to purchase all the saltwater equipment, it is going to cost a chunk of change to keep it running. a bucket of salt, RO/DI water ( which i suggest making at home ) alk, cal and mag to dose, fresh quality foods, ELECTRIC BILLS, and so forth. ive heard its best to create the ultimate freshwater tank if money is an issue some corners were just not ment to be cut.. just something to consider.
some good advice might be to search your area for a local reefing club. bet you can find all sorts of used equipment and setups for sale there, just research what your planning on buying before you buy. google it, read reviews ( esp. with skimmers ) and so on... a smart shopper is a good shopper.

freshwater filters are best left for freshwater tanks. this goes for, but is not limited to, bio balls, bio wheels, hang on filters, canister filters, sponge filters.. even filter socks if they arnt cleaned very frequent, and anything else that can collect, and build up junk that is allowed a chance to break down into excess nutrients.
hang on filters and canister filters can work if ran empty or only with carbon, but i choose a carbon reactor for that.
best saltwater filtration IMO is, a sump with a quality skimmer, enough liverock in the display, good flow, careful feedings, a bi-weekly water change.. and you shouldnt have issues. this ofcourse is what has worked for me.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:11 PM   #18
 
Thanks again for all the advice. I know I will have to put some money into this and that's okay, I'm just not going to go buy a brand new setup for $4000 lol. And thank you also for the advice about the 55 gallon.. Do you think a 40 gallon would be better? I'm not sure if I can accomodate a 75 gallon, I'm working with a wall space of 4 feet long.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:19 PM   #19
 
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Thanks again for all the advice. I know I will have to put some money into this and that's okay, I'm just not going to go buy a brand new setup for $4000 lol. And thank you also for the advice about the 55 gallon.. Do you think a 40 gallon would be better? I'm not sure if I can accomodate a 75 gallon, I'm working with a wall space of 4 feet long.
a standard 75 is just as long as a standard 55 but wider. the width is what you want so you can actually create a nice rock scape and not the berlin wall effect.
having said that, id suggest a 40 breeder OR 75 gallon over a 55 gallon any day of the year. if these are not available, cube tanks make a great setup as they are just as wide as they are long.

and since we're talking tanks a 90 gallon is the size of the 75 but it is TALLER, it may sound better to have the extra gallons but the deeper the tank the less light penetration.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:23 PM   #20
 
WOW! I had no idea all these tanks are the same length. Hmm.. decisions. I don't think I'd want a 90 because like you said, lighting would be an issue and I would like to eventually have some corals. So.. for a person who's only had freshwater aquariums before, would you recommend the 40 breeder or the 75? I know more water volume is better for stability reasons, but is a larger tank much harder to care for? Would I need a sump for a 75? Reason I'm asking is because this will be in my bedroom and I can enjoy the usual filter and pump water noises but a sump i thimk would be so loud. I was thinking of modifying a hanging filter into a refugium with chaeto..
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