01-01-2012, 08:51 AM
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Can I start a saltwater?
I have a 29 right now in the making of a freshwater and I have been thinking of making it into a saltwater in the future.
But till then I want to know if what I have now is good to just keep the fish with sand as substrate, no decorations or rocks ect. Currently I have a Penguin Bio Wheel 150, makes a good current, with a 200watt heater and 2 normal florecent lights. With what I have now, will it be enough to just keep two clown fish in the tank alone with nothing else. As time passes, if I decide to turn it to salt, I will add live rocks and anemonies.
What do you guys think? What would I have to do to turn the filter to a saltwater filter and will it work? Do I need any of the stuff like a protine skimmer? And will someone tell me what is needed to run this tank without any problems?
I have wanted a salt water tank for like ever but only want to make it if I can support the fish with what I have now. And bare with me cause yes I am a newbie.
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01-01-2012, 09:44 AM
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OK, so lets say I start it of with the live rocks and all. Do I need a protien skimmer and a powerhead?
Ohh and I am not running the Penguin filter, it is in storage, because I am using a diffrent filter for the freshwater. The Penguing was bought at a local saltwater store.
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01-01-2012, 11:17 AM
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Yes you need a skimmer. You need powerheads to move your water also, at least 10x your water volume, so you will need 300gph powerhead, or 2 150gph powerheads. At least 1lb per gallon of Live Rco, 1.5 is actually ideal but you can get away with 1lb. dithc the BioWheel as this thing will cause you Nitrate issues. Its only need would be fore using GFO, (Granular Feric Oxide) or running carbon. SKimmer should be rated at twice your water volume also.
Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhickers onLive 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 oyu go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon
.Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter)
Multiple Powerheads (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 powerheads
.Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volumeSaltwater
Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Tets for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.
Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.
Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one
Rubber kitchen gloves
Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon bucketsAquarium thermometer, digital being the best.
Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock.
Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.
Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.
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
Heater rated for your size tank.Saltwater Mix.
Marine SaltSaltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate
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, etc.)
Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed cora. 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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01-01-2012, 11:46 AM
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Thanks so much, I did not know that there was that much to saltwater. I will probably try to make it saltwater some day, but for now I am going to take it slow.
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