new tank advise needed !!!!!!!!!!!!!
i have brought a new tank that was setup as a marine tank.
i only intend to use it for fresh water but the tank has a huge internal sump at the back of the tank and i plan for some very good D.I.Y filtration and other D.I.Y projects for the tank
the tank will be planted and have a sand floor
Now here are my questions:
Can i use the protein skimmer that come with the tank and would there be any advantage in doing so if so how big an advantage?
Would it be worth me making a sand filter in the back of the tank?
if so what would be the pro's and con's
Can i boil and reuse the sand that come with the tank Dead - live sand?
And is there any way i can reuse the rock and other ornament?
if so how do i clean?
thanks for you reply's in advance
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Having trouble picturing the internal sump. What size is the tank ? I'm having trouble finding references now; however, I know I read that protein skimmers can be beneficial for fresh water tanks. I think it was as a nitrate filter. Personally, I wouldn't reuse the substrate or ornaments. The sand in freshwater tanks is preferably inert. The type used in salt water tanks typically is meant to act as a buffer. Have any pics ?
i think but maybe wrong that it could be crushed corel
after reading that skimmers take most of the Co2 out of the water so no good in a planted tank so im looking at reusing the skimmer as a D.I.Y sand filter
Don't really have anything to add but I did the same thing a little while ago but after the pain in a butt cleaning job I did on the tank, overflow and sump to de-salt the setup(I ditched the skimmer) I set it up started it and put the fish in then decided I hated it. Sump was too loud for my prefference and overflow took up too much tank space and just didn't look good. Took the whole setup apart ripped the overflow out plugged the holes and set it up with a canister.... much happier now.
You are in for ALOT of work.
but here are some pic's to help give you a better idea what i am working with
any ideas on the substrate maybe crushed corel ?
looks like crushed coral. honestly, i'd be hesitant using a salt tank for a fresh tank unless it's been sitting dry for quite a long time....
At the very least toss the substrate and rocks.
does crushed coral act as a buffer ? as i quite like the look of it i have cleaned it very well
with the rock ornaments i just plan on pouring a large pan of boiling water over them slowly
what harm would either one do ?
thanks in advance
So on my phone and betting on my computer I'm having trouble seeing where is the tank the sump is located. But that does look like crushed coral. I'm that crazy type that would figure put how to strip that tank bare and start over. However I can't speak for the skimmer I would say clean empty and dry the whole thing throw everything out that isn't attached (ie the substrate and such) Run it for a day or so with a VERY diluted bleach water then dry and sit it in the sun then fill and run again with a strongly Primed water solution then empty and dry again before you set it up as fresh water. Good luck
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The coral will raise the KH as it dissolves, rocks will likely do the same. Boiling water won't change this.
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