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dprUsh83 09-27-2006 11:27 AM

Starting a 47-55 Gallon saltwater
So, today I went to my LFS and was looking at a 55 Gallon (All tall tanks) and she was also trying to sell a 47 Gallon. I asked if I could get a deal if I bought both and she offered me a very good deal. I want to give one of the tanks to my oscars to upgrade their tank size, the other I would like to go saltwater. I really don't know anything about it and I'm trying to make a specific checklist (exact item name) and price check to see if it would be feasible. So, assuming I have the tank/tank stand..what else is needed? If possible, I'd like to get items that work for the larger tank and if needed used in the smaller tank. I know I'd like to have as much filtration as possible....under the substrate and more, but then again I'm coming from a freshwater background. Thought I'd post this as I do some research and get back to my LFS on deciding if I want to upgrade my tanks.

crazie.eddie 09-27-2006 11:37 AM


But I think there's a sticky on this forum, which contains SW equipment requirements.

Have you thought about if you want FO, FOWLR, or Reef?

dprUsh83 09-27-2006 11:42 AM

Eddie, I think I'd like to have FOWLR.

dprUsh83 09-27-2006 11:49 AM

Looking at the sticky, which is very helpful, what brands/types would be acceptable for the tank? Where should one purchase these if they're available online? The list that I was able to create from the sticky is this:

Protein Skimmer
Wet/Dry Filter
Return Pump
Air Pump
Airline Hose
Check Valve
Saltwater Test Kits
Gravel Vacuum (Is this different for saltwater?)
Powerheads/Submersible Pump

I don't know any brands or where to locate these, nor do I know anything about prices. Thanks for pointing out the sticky though, I feel like I'm in the woods but at least now I can see the trees! :lol:

jsm11482 09-27-2006 01:46 PM seems to be the most popular place to get these things.

usmc121581 09-27-2006 01:57 PM

You can elimate the air pump, air hose, and air stone. As these are not required. As for the gravel vac. you can use the freshwater hose, there is no difference. For everything else just look around and get different prices for everything else. Are you going to use live rock?

dprUsh83 09-27-2006 02:04 PM

Yeah, I plan on using live rock

usmc121581 09-27-2006 02:32 PM

out of everything on your list you left out lighting. that is the most important piece in a saltwater setup.

dprUsh83 09-27-2006 03:09 PM

Okay so to correct that, I would need what type of lighting? Is it the same, or not?

Michael 09-27-2006 03:36 PM

Why is lighting so important? We have a regular flourescent bulb on our 55 gallon tank. Is that sufficient?


Originally Posted by usmc121581
out of everything on your list you left out lighting. that is the most important piece in a saltwater setup.

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