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Old 05-28-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
 
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saltwater tank questions

so i bought a used 150 saltwater tank.its jus a glass tank with an emperor 400 power filter, lights, and castle decprations.i want to reuse all the stuff. so can i run the tank on two emperor 400 power filters? i will be adding a protien skimmer that is used on my 180 when i upgrade it. do i need power heads? how many? then can i use the castles as decorations they have holes drilled in them so can they eventually be a cheap version of live rock? will this be enough filtration in the tank?
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #2
 
#1-Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhikers on Live Rock that people want to stay away from, so they opt for using Dry Rock, or Dead Rock. Macro Rock is a good place to start looking for that. Either way you go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon.
#2-Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter) Which is really not necessary.
#3-Multiple Power heads (2 or 3) 10x your water volume for just a Fish Only With Live Rock, and at least 20x your water volume for a Reef Tank. So lets say your going reef, and you have a 100g tank, you would need flow in that tank at minimum of 2000gph, or 2 1000gph power heads.
#4-Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume
#5-Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Test for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.
#6-Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.
#7-Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one
#8-Rubber kitchen gloves
#9-Fish net
#10-Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets
#11-Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best.
#12-Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock
.#13-Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.
#14-Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.
#15-Possibly a Quarantine Tank for your new fish. They sit in here for a few weeks to kill off parasites and bacteria, to keep it from getting in your main tank
#16-Heater rated for your size tank.
#17-Saltwater Mix. Marine Salt. Instant Ocean is the cheap Salt that beginners and Advanced use alike.
#18-Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate. There is also a Digital Meter that is way advanced if you have the cash.
#19-Aquarium filter (not absolutely necessary if running with adequate amounts of live rock, but nice to have if you need to use a mechanical filter or activated carbon, or GFO and such)
#20-Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coral. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 2-3" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep.

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Old 05-29-2012, 07:56 PM   #3
 
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i saw this comment on another thread. but it kinda doesnt answer the questions i have
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:17 PM   #4
 
It doesn't? All teh questions I read had an answer for them in that post somewhere. What specifically do you need answered?
Emperor filter are not counted as flow in a salt water tank. You don't need mechanical filtration in a salt water tank, Live Rock does it for you. You can use your FW decorations in your SW tank if you want, they wo'nt harm anything. You still need a minimum of 10x your water volume for a FOWLR, or minimum of 20x that for a Reef, or tank with corals. You only need 2 powerheads for that tank. The decorations will not take the place of Live Rock biological filtration, unless you plan on having 200lbs of it.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:42 PM   #5
 
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It doesn't? All teh questions I read had an answer for them in that post somewhere. What specifically do you need answered?
Emperor filter are not counted as flow in a salt water tank. You don't need mechanical filtration in a salt water tank, Live Rock does it for you. You can use your FW decorations in your SW tank if you want, they wo'nt harm anything. You still need a minimum of 10x your water volume for a FOWLR, or minimum of 20x that for a Reef, or tank with corals. You only need 2 powerheads for that tank. The decorations will not take the place of Live Rock biological filtration, unless you plan on having 200lbs of it.
thank you thats what i needed to know. your first comment helped some i jus wanted more info. thank you i think i might put live rock chunks in the filter wit the cartiges that come with it. good to hear i can use the fw decor i was given 2 boxes of them. i will def get powerheads to circulate the tank.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
 
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The decorations will not take the place of Live Rock biological filtration, unless you plan on having 200lbs of it.
haha, that's funny! Thanks for making me smile!
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Old 07-12-2012, 04:14 PM   #7
 
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i have another question.since the powe filter doesnt add flow and doesnt need to be used as mechanical filtration can i fill them with live rock rubble or cheato something to help filter it? i will be using the fw decor and live rock in the tank.
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i have another question.since the powe filter doesnt add flow and doesnt need to be used as mechanical filtration can i fill them with live rock rubble or cheato something to help filter it? i will be using the fw decor and live rock in the tank.
Cheato in the filter would be an excellent idea, as the LR rubble will collect debre and become a Nitrate trap anyways.
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Cheato in the filter would be an excellent idea, as the LR rubble will collect debre and become a Nitrate trap anyways.
would i have to have a light for the cheato
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Old 07-12-2012, 09:19 PM   #10
 
Yes. That would definately help.
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