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    Hey new guy here my names Ethan I am 22. I have been in this hobby for about 10 yrs know.

    Converting my 90g saltwater tank to freshwater.

    Moved to michigan in 2010 and just recently started back in school while I work full time and my tank was becoming more of a chore than an enjoyment so I took it down this past February.

    You guest it decided to get back in this time were it all started for me freshwater.

    Please if you have and suggestions while im posting my progress please speak
    Nothing is more important in this hobby than learning from others mistakes or success.

    Cameras charging will post pictures tomorrow thanks again guys!!
    Tank is a aqueon RR
    RO/DI is bulk reef supplies unit
    stand built by me
    Rest of my stuff sold

    This black friday pretty much went on a buying spree most of my stuff should be here tuesday or thursday and i can get stuff done than. Still need drift wood, lighting and some other odds and ends.

    Low maintenance!!is key reason I took my saltwater tank down would like to enjoy it after work or while studying.

    Tank plans semi planted with driftwood? New to the plants so will have to do some reading and find some easy to keep ones for beginners.

    Fish I like help me pick?



    knife fish

    tiger barbs


    some cichlids do not want a cichlid tank though can't stand looking at the same fish different color.Just me not hating on people who like those type of tanks.

    giant danios


    catfish like pictus?

    was thinking discus but I don't know think I'll be right back were my saltwater tank was?

    clown loachs but all the ones here are so tiny and i'd really like 4-6 inch one if i got one.

    Equipment list what I bought already.
    Plumbing- for durso standpipe and return/drain lines
    Filter socks and holder
    fluval bio max ceramic rings-14 boxes
    media bags thinking about puting the rings in them to make it easier to clean? Really don't just want to dump them in my sump.
    Sicce silent 4.0 pump- had a mag9.5 for the money couldn't complain but wanted a better pump this time. So it was a toss between ehiem or sicce which my skimmer used a sicce pro pump and I loved it so went that route.
    marineland carbon
    seachem flourite-5 bags plant substrate? or should I have gone a different route?
    Thick foam pads for inserts and prefilters
    300w jager ehiem heater think I should have bought 2?
    cichlid gold, staple, bio-gold pellet was a super deal could not pass it up doesn't mean I have to get cichlids. I have a friend who has oscars so he will love it.

    Seachem Prime
    which brings me to another question my tap water TDS is 150ppm. haven't tested hardness yet but pretty sure it is normal definitely not hard. Would you guys just use the tap water and treat with prime or go with RO water?

    Been reading and with saltwater fish you don't have to worry about this because of the salt mixes but the RO units take out the bad but also the good minerals and what not that the fish use. Kent makes a product to put into the water to restore all the good stuff. But I feel like if ima do that miswell use tap water. Because my unit is a 1:2 ratio it'll be more environmentally friendly. What are your thoughts?
    Last edited by Aquatic Life; 11-26-2012 at 05:17 AM.

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