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Alright everyone, I am new to the forum and new to saltwater. I have a 29 gallon FW cichlid tank that has been operating great for well over 6 months. I am looking to get another 29 gallon but go SW with this one. I have the FW on one side of my tv and want to put the other one on the other side (its my man cave lol).

I have been reading on here for weeks and there is a ton of information going around with little or no specific recomendations. I know a lot goes to preference but I am the type that needs someone to say go buy THIS.

I would like to match in style my current FW tank if I can. It is a marineland 29 gallon with LED lighting. First is this type lighting ok for FOWLR tank. The day and night LEDS are great and the power consumption is very low with no heat transfer. The link to the type tank is here: Aquarium Kits: Marineland BIO-Wheel LED Aquarium Kit

If the lights are not acceptable then please recommend a different set up. I am just trying to keep some sort of uniformity in style (so the wife won't hate it).

My next issue is that I have limited wall space for asthetic purposes and would like to have the tank as close to the wall as possible. The kicker is that I don't want to do a sump because I don't want to drill glass.

Next question will be in regards to skimmers. While trying to keep the tank as close to possible to the wall what would you all recommend. I see that are slide in skimmers and HOB's. Not opposed to an HOB as long as its not like a foot away from the wall.

I want to do this right and want to be set up for success. When the decision is made on the tank I will post additional questions. My overall goal is to ideentify everything I need in order to place one big order. I would like to have this stuff identified by the end of the week so I can place an order. I plan on going on vacation in June so my intent is to set up the tank and start the cycle process so I have a good tank after returning.

My budget will be about 600.00 and I don't do DIY.
This seems to be a great forum with a lot of people willing to help. Thanks for the recommendations.
 

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I am glad you chimmed in I was hoping you would. You seem to be one of the go to guys around here. I did look at those type skimmers but after I posted I ran across this one that only needs 3.5 clearance from the wall. I am not opposed to it but need to know if it would be suffecient.

Aquarium Filtration & Water Quality: SeaClone Protein Skimmer

Will the lights on my tank support any type of Anemone for clownfish.
 

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With the stand that I planned on using there is support wood on both ends but the middle is open. If I drill the tank it would have to be in the middle. I prefer not to do it but again I am looking to do it right.

Does anyone know of a tank that is 29g (classic demensions) predrilled that is sold. I see a lot of acrylic out there, I am just so confused lol....

I have not bought anything yet for this tank.

Thank you for the warm welcome.
 

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Okay well I will be doing some drilling. I am assuming the 700 gph kit from cuting holes.com will work. I will get my hands on the tank and stand and the hole cutting kit and then will go from there.

Can I get away with a 10g sump. the stand that I have will accomidate that easily but I don't know about anything larger.

As for fish, I was wanting some decent color, nothing big. i was going to research compatibles with the clown fish. I have 5 kids so I need two "nemo's". Any recomendations?
 

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Alright everyone, wife wasn't happy with a 29 gallon, so we got a 50 gallon tank today. I am getting ready to place my order for stuff I want to double check that I will be ok.

Crushed Coral- x2 40lbs bags
Florida Crushed Coral for Aquariums

RO/DI
AQUARIUM CORAL REEF RO + 2 DI 150G REVERSE OSMOSIS PUR WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM | eBay

Protein Skimmer
Reef Aquarium Filtration & Protein Skimmers: Eshopps Hang-On Protein Skimmers

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Saltwater Aquarium Salt: Aquarium Systems Instant Ocean & Reef Crystals Synthetic Sea Salt

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Aqueon Pro Heater | Aquarium Heaters at DrsFosterSmith.com

I still need to find lights that will support some clown fish anemonie's. I don't want to go really expensive but can probably get away with a $200 unit.

Please recommend some powerheads.

I will get my live rock after I get this order in.

Anything else recommended?
 

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scratch the anemonie keeping. Just need the above list checked. I am doing FOWLR. to much of a pain being in the military to invest in all the lighting to just loose any coral or anemonie's in a long move.
 

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Everything is ordered. Next week I should be starting the process of getting it going. Few more questions

Will base rock become alive without live rock seeding it. Again I have almost 8 weeks (vacation coming up) before I add anything swiming to the tank.

I am trying to build up a colorful stocklist. this is FOWLR, Are Coral Beauty Angels and Cherub Angels compatable.
 

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ok thank you. I was browsing the forums for stocking lists and found one from 2009 that was a 47 gallon bow so I was going to just use it because most of them were colorful. In a 50 how many of the cherub ones would you keep?

I plan on having

2 clowns
Hermits
Yellow watchman (kids say they look grumpy-like daddy)
some cleaner shirmp
 
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