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changing my tank from marine to tropical
I am just at the thinking stage at the moment about changing my marine tank to a tropical set up.
My tank is a 4x 2 x 2 100 gal (english not US) with a 15 gal sump. The sump contains my filtration which I know will not be needed for a tropical set up
The tank and sump will have to be thoroughly cleaned to remove all coraline from the rear glass. There is a weir in the tank for the water return to the sump and the water is returned to the tank with a 5000LPH pump and I have 2 power heads in the tank, both of which are 6500 LPH each.
I was thinking of removing the weir and fitting new pipework to the sump to give more 'swim' room.
My lighting is a LED unit full length of the tank which is rated at 240 watt. This can be adjusted and in fact at the moment, I am only running at 65% for the marine system.
I would want to have a fully planted tropical set up and my main concerns are what water to use. tap water or RO water?
What will be the best form of filtration for the sump?
Will my lights be ok just turned down?
Will I be able to use my present power heads or would it be advisable to get smaller ones?
Looking forward to any advise.
Your LEDs will work, but like you said they will have to be turned down to maybe around 30% full power. RO water is always better as its cleaner but in a freshwater setup, tap water with conditioner works well and is convenient. You would want to get smaller Powerheads, over 1,000gph is way to strong for most freahwater fish as they come from clamer environments. As for filtration, you can run your sump as a wet/dry filtration system (that's the one with bio balls). If you have a refugium, take in out as its not needed.
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You need some water flow in the tank. If your stock filters can't contribute enough water movement/water agitation, then I recommend a small powerhead.
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