Whats the bare minimum need for a 55gal saltwater tank??
I was wanted to start a 55gal saltwater tank. Nothing too complex either. Something simple. I would like to know the bare minimum of equipment that would be needed to start up a 55gal saltwater tank with beginner fish. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Snorkeldork.
This is a great post as I would like to start a saltwater tank sometime in the near future hopefully. I get overwhelmed when looking for setups and stuff mainly because people tend to talk about equipment and such as if the viewer already has a full understanding of everything and what it is all for. I've heard people say saltwater is hard, I've heard people say it's easy, but I've heard many say it's expensive. I'd like to know what the bare minimum for a 55 gallon saltwater tank is too. I'll keep my eyes peeled for this one! :shock:
Oh yea I almost forgot.....Welcome to the forums SnorkelDork
I was probably wanting to start out with some clownfish forsure untill i got that down and go on from there. I dont mind doing water changes. I was also wondering what the cost of maintaining the tank once ive gotten everything bought. You also mentioned a protein skimmer? how necessary is that? I probably wont be adding anytype of corals anytime soon, only live rock.
If you don't use a RO, SW is alittle cheaper, however you'll end up spending more $ by the time you spend $ on phosphate remover, constantly cleaning the tank, having issues with algae and corals not growing or dying.
so can i get by with this as a set up
emperor 400 as filter
ofcourse the proper lighting/timer
and 2 clownfish
instant ocean using tap water
anything else need for a bare min set up?
Thanks everyone for helping me out. Snorkeldork
what would you recommend on adding? because im getting a 55gal set up(tank,tand,standard light, heater and emperor 400 for 100 dollars and ive got about another 100 to spend
i would say the bare minimum (and i mean bare) i'd start with is a reef ready tank ( meaning overflow and surface skimming) see http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/w...r-tanks-55195/, a sump which can be a 20 or 30 gal tank, return pump, and definitely a skimmer see http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/w...w-about-55808/. this would be a FOWLR. you will probably need phosphate remover. you can always add lights later. ditch the emperior filter!
Then the obvious, live rock, sand. i wouldn't start a sw without a RO/DI because typically you dont want plants or algae to grow in the tank. fresh water tanks have plants, SW don't so there is no natural way to export nutrients out of the system so algae will grow wild if water is not perfect.
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