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    Hello. We recently purchased a new home that came with a 60 gallon tank (based on our measurements). I was excited to have the aquarium in the home but have to admit have not kept one since I was a little kid, and definitely never one of this size. I would like to get the process started for a freshwater community tank (aquascaped) but have no idea whether or not the tank was used for freshwater or saltwater (I have zero experience with saltwater). What's the easiest way to tell whether it was SW or not? If it was set up as a SW tank, are there any extra steps I need to do to prepare for freshwater? Thanks in advance!
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    pictures would help in determining what it may have been used for previously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhmnrhpsdy View Post
    Hello. We recently purchased a new home that came with a 60 gallon tank (based on our measurements). I was excited to have the aquarium in the home but have to admit have not kept one since I was a little kid, and definitely never one of this size. I would like to get the process started for a freshwater community tank (aquascaped) but have no idea whether or not the tank was used for freshwater or saltwater (I have zero experience with saltwater). What's the easiest way to tell whether it was SW or not? If it was set up as a SW tank, are there any extra steps I need to do to prepare for freshwater? Thanks in advance!
    Unless there's still fish in there it doesn't matter all that much if it was used for saltwater. You'll be wanting to rinse it out well no matter what (NO SOAP!!). A clue may be in the lights, marine tanks tend to have lights that are more in the blue spectrum. Freshwater tanks tend to have more "normal" lights.

    Did the tank still have any equipment like filters and lights? For an aquascaped tank which I assume means planted you'd want at least twin T5 tubes over the entire length of the tank.

    I'd advice you to start a seperate thread with some pictures to determine what you have exactly. Also, start reading, begin at fishless cycling and then some resources on planted tanks and aquascaping. Tom Barr has written some things and Diane Walstad as well.

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    what kind of rocks etc was in the tank was it rocks or coral looking that could tell what it was
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