02-28-2007, 07:29 AM
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Re: Minimum Hardware
Originally Posted by hamdogg08
I am an experienced freshwater owner and am ready to tackle a reef aquarium (eventualy). I have a 75 gallon with a bio whell filter, and a 29 gallon with a canister filter. What I am interested in is reaching the ultimate goal of a 125 gallon with corals, a sump, MH lamps... All of that stuff hits the wallet pretty dang hard, and I'd rather start making headway with some kind of fish-only setup in one of my current tanks and slowly add things as I go allong.
I have an undergravel filter, lift tubes, air pump, and powerhead aswell but they are not in use. I also do NOT have RO water in either tank in case copper leaching is an issue with use of live rock now, and corals in the future.
I'm eventially willing to spend a bunch of money in the long run to set up a really nice reef tank, but have to chip away at pieces one at a time right now because I'm a poor college student.
The question is: With my current equipment, what is the minimum that I need to buy in order to get a saltwater tank going, and do I need to worry about the copper-laiden water wrecking anything for future reef use (the main concern would be live rock in a FOWLR-type setup)?
Lets see what you listed as equipment that isnt being used. The only thing you can use is the powerhead, everything else forget about it. As for the canister filter which one is it. They are nitrate factors so it wouldnt be good to run one on a reef but fish only it really doesnt matter.Now if you have cooper pipes dont use that water for the saltwater tank. copper is the enemy of corals. If yoiu are going to turn one of the freshwater tanks into salty with fish only for now. Then you will need some rock (Live or base rock) sand, salt, and bulbs.