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maybe a saltwater 55g
Old 12-27-2010, 05:42 PM   #21
 
40 Pound box Key Largo Rock, <br>40 Pounds Bahamas Aragonite Sand<BR>Free Shipping<br> *in the continental US*<br>(*All sand ships USPS priority mail*) - KL40-40 i am thinking about only getting one order. would that be enough sand for the proper depth? I also plan on adding some live rock to speed up the cycle a bit and maybe finishing up adding the rock when money allowes me to.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:06 PM   #22
 
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If you only get one box i don't think you are going to have a 4'' sand depth. I think you need 80 pounds of sand, which is why you may as well get 2 orders. The extra sand bed depth and addition rock for a healthy reef structure will be so valuable, especially given the types of livestock that you will be keeping in a 55 gallon tank. Encouraging a very healthy supply of microfauna and building a larger than normal reef structure will make things so much easier when it comes to stocking the tank and predicting compatibility.

I would take this a step further. You might want to sit down for this comment... for the small types of fish you will be keeping in a 55 gallon tank, I'd rather see you purchase a smaller protein skimmer and create a larger reef structure.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:31 PM   #23
 
Won't making a reef be so much more expensive I would love to have a reef but I don't think I have the money up front to start it up.
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Old 12-27-2010, 08:38 PM   #24
 
And also if I start a fish only with live rock could it be converted into a reef
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Old 12-28-2010, 08:29 AM   #25
 
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And also if I start a fish only with live rock could it be converted into a reef
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yes it can be done, but to make the transition easier make sure to select fish that is reef compatible otherwise you will have to catch/replace/return fish in the switchover.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:13 PM   #26
 
Would there be any other equipmentthat I would need to change other than my lighting
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Would there be any other equipmentthat I would need to change other than my lighting
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the minimum i'd suggest for a reef tank with the assumption you will add supplements as far as equipment goes are
1. a good skimmer
2. lights
3. live rocks
4. sump with surface skimming overflow prefilteron display tank
5. test kits Mg, ALK, Ca, and sg tester
6. ro system with di (there are people who don't use ro/di and are successful at first few months, then BOOM uncontorllable algae break out. The reason is typically poor water quality caused by topping off or sw making. To make life easier get a RO/DI. Remember that a reef requires intense lighting and intense lighting + phosphates= uncontrollable explosion of algae breakout. if you do FOWLR use very little lighting and you might get away without ro/di.
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Old 12-28-2010, 05:03 PM   #28
 
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Won't making a reef be so much more expensive I would love to have a reef but I don't think I have the money up front to start it up.
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I'm sorry, I should have clarified. When I said "reef", I didn't mean livestock. I mean the actual REEF. The live rock / dry rock structure which makes up the hiding places, caves, over hangs, etc in the tank. I would prefer that your rock structure (reef structure) be larger in a smaller tank because of the types of fish that you will be purchasing will prefer this environment. You won't have large open water fish like Large Angelfish, Triggers, Puffers, Tangs, etc.

I suggest having a larger than normal rock structure for fish only aquariums under 6' in length. This will allow you to house more fish and make fish behavior much more predictable.

This may help:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ng-list-38579/
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