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post #1 of 59 Old 08-20-2013, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
My first 54 gallon corner saltwater tank

Since my freshwater is doing great and is at full capacity I've managed to convince the Mrs. To let me build a saltwater tank. Not only did she agree to it but it would make the room look "off-centered" and then she suggested we get TWO! . That being said, I'm starting the stand build immediately! I will be posting pics of the build as it progresses.

On another note, the total build will require a lot of research as I have never ventured into the marine portion of fish-keeping. What little bit of research I've done has only created a million more questions... So here goes

What is the "best" filtration setup and why?

What are the pros and cons of each filtration setup?

Protein skimmer , is it worth the money?

What is the easiest coral to keep?

Does live rock come in one color only?

What are some suggested fish tank stocking ideas?

...and the list shall go on and on
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post #2 of 59 Old 08-20-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
Does the same general rule apply of "an inch of fish per gallon of the tank" in saltwater?
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post #3 of 59 Old 08-21-2013, 03:24 AM
Inch per gallon definitely doesn't work for SW/Marine. I don't know the exact ratio but it's quite a bit lower. Take a look at Live Aquaria and look at there recommended tank sizes for some of their fish. Protein skimmer is a must from what I understand once you get above 30 gallons. (some get away without one on a bit bigger tanks but it will require more maintenance. Live rock does come in different shades. I'll leave the filtration to others but will say the majority of it comes from your live rock. You'll need 1 to 1 1/2 pds of LR per gallon. The easiest of corals are Green star polyps, mushrooms, Kenya tree, xenia, zoas etc. but all have their pros and cons.
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post #4 of 59 Old 08-21-2013, 08:34 PM Thread Starter
what size of skimmer should I get? (GPH)
I have a 54 gallon corner possible future reef tank
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post #5 of 59 Old 08-21-2013, 09:38 PM
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For a skimmer, I would get one that rates for 125 - 200 gallons. Always over shoot your actual tank size when it comes to skimmers.

For filtration, the Berlin method is widely popular in this hobby. That is an abundance of live rock, a deep sand bed and a protein skimmer. Anaerobic bacteria deep seeded in the rock and in the deepest parts of the sand convert nitrates into nitrogen gas, which leaves the system naturally. The skimmer removes dissolved organic solids before they break down into nitrates.

54 corner tanks can be difficult to light properly because of their shape. You might want a wide LED fixture or a metal halide to light it correctly...

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post #6 of 59 Old 08-21-2013, 09:56 PM Thread Starter

I got the aquarium ordered today
54 gallon corner tank to be picked up friday

I guess i better get working on the stand for this tank.
On that note, I am a little confused as to the size of sump I would need. I found a few products that are definitely cheaper than retail stores around me (400$). The one i found says it's rated for 75-125 gallon tanks and it's $200. This one is smaller than the $400 one the LFS manager suggested I get. So the breakdown is (A) $200 Berlin style sump (20Gallon capacity) rated for 75-125 gallons. Or (B) LFS suggestion which is approximately 30 gallons. What would you buy?
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post #7 of 59 Old 08-25-2013, 12:19 AM
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You could just buy a cheap used tank and make you own sump with baffles either acrylic or preferably glass. If you want a prefab one make sure its dimensions will allow you to utilize the equipment you are choosing for you build. It really sucks to find out later on that your skimmer wont fit or you cant add a reactor that you wanted.

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post #8 of 59 Old 09-13-2013, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
I know have the sump tanks purchased and I'm currently trimming the baffle walls. I had a quote to have them done and they were 38.75$ each... I'll be doing it myself, they're just sump baffles. How hard could it be?
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post #9 of 59 Old 09-13-2013, 01:04 AM Thread Starter
Pistol shrimp compatibility with other shrimp

Are Banded coral shrimp ok to house in a corner 54 gallon tank with a red and white pistol shrimp?
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post #10 of 59 Old 09-13-2013, 02:01 AM
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Yeah the shrimp should stay out of each others way.

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