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post #1 of 25 Old 01-21-2013, 08:17 AM Thread Starter
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need info and Q&A before starting nano reef

Hey Guys,

I recently upgraded my FW tropical tank from a 60 litre to a 125 litre thus I now have a spare tank which is doing nothing but gather dust

This is it here: Aquael Classic Kit 60

So my question to you guys for starters:

is it possible to convert this tank for nano reef use. and if so how would i go about doing so.

thanks in advance
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post #2 of 25 Old 01-21-2013, 09:31 AM
#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. You can use Fully Cured Live Rock, and have the tank cycled in just a few days also. Other way is to use just a couple of pounds of Live Rock and the rest Macro or Dry Rock.

#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. Unless your tank is under 30g, in which case you can do 10% water changes a week to rid the system of detrius. But, you'll have to watch the water parameters close, if things go haywire, you'll have to do more water changes.

#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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post #3 of 25 Old 01-21-2013, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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hey reefing, thanks for your reply

a lot of good info there which im sure will give me hours of reading and researching (exactly what i wanted )

I'm sure ive read somewhere that some tank seals can be decayed from salt water but im guessing that's not true?
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-21-2013, 09:53 AM
None that Im' aware of. All tank seals (glass) are made up of Silicone, becaues it bonds the glass together. SW isnt' going to break that bond.
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-21-2013, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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thats deffo good news then, im glad i can put my old tank to good use once again thank-you for the fast response btw
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post #6 of 25 Old 01-23-2013, 04:49 AM Thread Starter
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just another quick question,

Im guessing the lighting that comes standard with this tank is not suitable to keeping a reef which requires t5 lighting unit.

Would you suggest keeping a nano FOWLR in this tank?

can i keep low light corals with this standard light?

or do you know of any different bulbs that would be able to go in the hoods fitting in which i can keep low light corals?
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post #7 of 25 Old 01-23-2013, 08:12 AM
You could keep a FOWLR. But even low light corals need Power Compact Lighting. FLourescent lighting using T-8 or T-12 won't cut it.
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post #8 of 25 Old 01-23-2013, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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FOWLR is the way forward then, i will look into investing into a new hood/light unit in the distant future once my tank is set up and stable, is there any marine plants that could grow and be healthy with this lighting?

Another question, will the live rock be enough as far as a filtration goes? or do i need so something else?
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-23-2013, 11:52 AM
Live Rock will suffice, with weekly water changes. There are many Marine Plants that you will be able to keep. I will get you the link when I get behind the computer.
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