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post #1 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 3 foot tank sitting around doing nothing and it is your typical clear seal with a hood. I am toying with the idea of turning it into a reef aquarium but it will be over a long period of time as I have seen the cost of the equipment.

I live in the UK so the prices are a lot more expensive than you guys get it across the pond. I have read a lot about it but to be honest everyone keeps using abbrieviations and I am nto sure what they mean. As this will be my first tank I want to buy all the hardware I need first over a good period of time before I even start thinking of setting anything up.

Oh and also if this tank will do it because I have seen tanks that have these vent type things on the side and they are looking like they are going through the tank side...am I right in thinking this and do I have to buy a specialised tank for it with holes in the side rather than use my 3 foot?

So other than that could I get a definitive list of hardware that I will need from you guys please?

Many Thanks in advance

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post #2 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 07:37 AM
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what is the size of your tank>? u say its 3 feet, but how wide; how tall and how many gallons is it? i am currently going through the same process and im taking it one peice at a time. right now i just have a 20g tank with live rock at home. just take it one step at a time and thing will go somthly
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post #3 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Its a stardard 48"w by 12"d by 18" h :O)
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post #4 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 10:29 AM
so it's 4 feet and you would need a:
protein skimmer
live rock
great lighting
sump
substrate(crushed coral/argonite/live sand)
a RO/DI unit unlsess you want to buy the water buy the gallon
and if there is anything I missed.
If I were to go to salt... it would make me pay 1800 around there to get it all working and nothing missing

38 gallon :
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4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
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post #5 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Go Salt? I thought they were all Salt?
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post #6 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 01:06 PM
no like me myself... If I were to convert my 40 gallon to salt

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #7 of 27 Old 09-05-2011, 01:19 PM
You need power heads. 2 750 Koralias should do ya just fine.
Need a Refractometer to measure your Salinity
Reef Master or similar water testing kit. Test kit to include tests for Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate, Calcium, MAgnesium, Phosphates
The skimmer should be rated for 2 times yoru water volume.
300 Watt heater
Lighting your looking at metal halide, LED or a 6 bulb T-5 Fixture.
Keep in mind you did say reef tank, some of these things are not needed for a Fish Only With Live Rock tank.
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post #8 of 27 Old 09-07-2011, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for that. My apologies though, for some reason I gave you the measurements of my current TF tank. The actual dimensions are 36" w by 12" d by 18" h

I basically want to start with just live rock and then later add reef stuff like anemone and such...i think thats what reef means, am I right?

I am not so into stocking it with fish to be honest with you.

I have looked at the refractometer and I can see ones ranging from 30 to 200, whats a good happy medium?
Also as far as the lights go I really cant afford LED or MH so it looks like T5 HO....any preferences?

Thanks again

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post #9 of 27 Old 09-07-2011, 10:30 AM
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Thank you for that. My apologies though, for some reason I gave you the measurements of my current TF tank. The actual dimensions are 36" w by 12" d by 18" h

I basically want to start with just live rock and then later add reef stuff like anemone and such...i think thats what reef means, am I right?

I am not so into stocking it with fish to be honest with you.

I have looked at the refractometer and I can see ones ranging from 30 to 200, whats a good happy medium?
Also as far as the lights go I really cant afford LED or MH so it looks like T5 HO....any preferences?

Thanks again

Jimi
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post #10 of 27 Old 09-07-2011, 05:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ok it looks like i am going to mamange to get a full set up for fairly cheap. Thing is though live sand comes with it as it is a mature tank. Is there some way I can store this sand while I read up and learn more or will it have to be chucked?

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