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  1. Default Freshwater to Saltwater Conversion (Advice Needed)


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    Howdy All~ I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays.

    I have been pondering this question for a while. Should I take the plunge and give Saltwater a go? I currently have 2 freshwater tanks a 55g and a 72g bowfront. When I originally got the 72 the previous owner was setting it up for salt. I just took his incomplete project where he left off. It is set up now with a coast to coast overflow with a slightly modified bean animal design. It drains into a custom 20g sump that I built. I think this tank has a good base to become a great salt tank. (I suppose I could use the 55 as a sump as well)

    So on with the questions.

    1. From other setups I have viewed the sump should be adequate albeit a 30 would have been a better choice. What do you think? (you can see pics in the 72g tank journal in my sig)

    2. What considerations do I need to take into account as far as water changes etc. Is it the same as doing freshwater or do you mainly just add water as needed?

    3. Lighting: I will probably just do a FOWLR tank. I have 2 108watt t-5 HO for freshwater that I can change bulbs in. What would the light requirement be for a FOWLR tank?

    4. Bio FIltration: I am not sure what I would need in the sump (I currently have about 3 gallons of bioballs) I think these would go away completely and be replaced with a protein skimmer and a refugium?

    Thanks in advance for any help!
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

  2. #2

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrramsey View Post
    1. From other setups I have viewed the sump should be adequate albeit a 30 would have been a better choice. What do you think? (you can see pics in the 72g tank journal in my sig)
    That all depends on the size of the compartments and the equipment you want to put in it. At the least there should be room for your skimmer, return pump, and perhaps even a filter sock.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrramsey View Post
    2. What considerations do I need to take into account as far as water changes etc. Is it the same as doing freshwater or do you mainly just add water as needed?
    Most people find 5 to 20% weekly water changes work well. You can do more provided you keep the salinity and temp exactly the same as the set-up. I would suggest (at the least) to top up with RO/DI water with 0 TDS. You have to remember that only pure water evaporates leaving all the minerals in the water. When completing lower weekly water changes that are typical in a marine set-up, you can have a build up of minerals over time leading some problems (google old tank syndrome for more details). In FW set-ups this is avoided by large weekly water changes.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrramsey View Post
    3. Lighting: I will probably just do a FOWLR tank. I have 2 108watt t-5 HO for freshwater that I can change bulbs in. What would the light requirement be for a FOWLR tank?
    If you are only setting up a FOWLR, then I would suggest actinic bulbs. This will help to aviod algae as well as allowing the colors of your fish to really pop

    Quote Originally Posted by mrramsey View Post
    4. Bio FIltration: I am not sure what I would need in the sump (I currently have about 3 gallons of bioballs) I think these would go away completely and be replaced with a protein skimmer and a refugium?
    I would suggest to use live rock in your aquarium for the majority biological filtration. It would also be best to provide some hiding spots for your fish that is more natural for them. You can set-up a refugium compartment in your sump if you want, but that will all depend on how many compartments your sump has and how big they are. I do like having refugium compartments, but you really don't need one.

    The below links will provide a some more details for you

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2013/com...ine-aquariums/

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/set...ne-aquarium-2/

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/wha...-of-live-rock/

    http://www.reefaquarium.com/2012/som...for-beginners/
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  3. Default


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    What if I wanted to add corals for a reef setup - I have a 4x54w t-5 HO fixture. Obviously I would need to change the bulbs but would that lighting setup be adequate?
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

  4. #4

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    If you want light that can support corals, then I would suggest using two super blue bulbs (20,000 to 22,000K) and actinic, and one white in the 12,000 to 14,000K range.

    That should give you proper lighting for most corals depending on were you place them in the tank

    I managed to grow SPS in a 90 gallon tank with lighting like that
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Thanks for the info Cliff! I think I am going to pull the trigger on this in the next week or so. Feeling like the Griswolds in christmas vacation... waiting for a bonus to arrive. If it is a good one I am going to upgrade the 72 to a 90.
    Mike
    120g Mixed Reef In Progress
    120g Reef Journal
    55g Freshwater - Out of Service
    My 55g Tank Remodel Project
    72g Bowfront -Out of Service

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    invest in a good skimmer and a few powerheads. take things slowly and do lots of reading. sw isn't that hard if you're well equipped.
    Thar she blows!!!

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