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adonism01
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PostSubject: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/28/2011, 12:03 pm

hello, I am trying to set up a 55 saltwater aquarium with life rock and plants, and I need some help from somebody with experience that can help me to select the things that I need. right now I have a list of the equiment that I am interested in.

1-55 gallon tank
2-fluval 305
3-coral life 65g skimmer
4- aquarium t5 light 216 watt
5-flubal u heater
6-2 wave maker
7-45 pounds of life rock

please can you tell me is this equiment is apropiate for my needs thanks
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/28/2011, 10:55 pm

are you wanting to do just fish, or just corals, or fish and corals... I would get rid of the canister filter and go wit a sump.. will also need live sand, and salt to make saltwater, and a way of getting r/o water to mix with the salt... also need hydrometer to test the saltlinity ...
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/29/2011, 5:30 pm

plantedtankdude wrote:
are you wanting to do just fish, or just corals, or fish and corals... I would get rid of the canister filter and go wit a sump.. will also need live sand, and salt to make saltwater, and a way of getting r/o water to mix with the salt... also need hydrometer to test the saltlinity ...
hi thanks for your coment, I really want to start my aquarium with life rock and about 8 fish, and then in the future add some corals. I was thinking to use the fluval 305 and a fluval u4, since I am a begiener and do not know much about the sump filter and how they work, besides that I going to buy 45 pounds of life rock that will complement my filtration. do you think that if i use that set up I would archive my goal. thanks
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/29/2011, 7:19 pm

In no way would I consider putting any fish in there for about 2-3 months. I have friends that are marine folk, and their general rule seems to be about a month of the tank running with just rock and sand, then they add a cleaning crew, and about 2-3 months as I recall, they will add 2-3 fish maximum.
The cycling of a SW tank takes far longer to be settled and adding fish will set you back and cost you money.
They are always saying "Nothing good happens fast in a marine tank".
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/30/2011, 2:21 am

you could se the canister but you might have nitrate problems.., and i wouldn't add fish for at least 2-3 months... you got to go real slow with a saltwater tank.
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/30/2011, 6:04 am

When I set up my 75 gallon "reef" tank I started with just LIVE rock and sand and salt water for 3 months. Yes , I got Brown algae on everything , but that is part of the cycling process . At 3 months I added 100 snails . They cleaned up the algae and borrowed thru the sand helping to aerate and clean that . Constantly checking the water parameters until the tank was cycled . @ about 4 or 4.5 months , we added some fish.
My filtration was a wet/dry sump system . IMO it is the best way to go . It is easy to clean , change filter medium , and the best way to keep good bio in your system.
Good Luck , and keep us posted .
Welcome to the Box ,,, Ray

Ps. To add fish to an un-cycled tank will get expensive ! Salt water fish and corals are not cheap !
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/30/2011, 10:13 pm

thank you for your comments guys. what about the skimmer would it work for my set up or there is another one better for about the same price


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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime8/31/2011, 4:57 am

You will have to get that answer from some one else . I have never used one on either my 75 or 29 reef tanks . they been running for 5 years that way .
Ray
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime9/30/2011, 11:39 pm

In the last 2 months I have been buying some of the things that I am going to need for my 55 gallons.

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I just order this yesterday.
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what I need to start my tank
-tank and metal stand-----128$
-Marineland canister filter c360---155$
-coralife fixture 260 watt-----320$
-40 pound of rock( I am planing to buy dry rock since I can get 40pounds for 98$)

what you guys think about my project I am very excited !!!

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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime10/1/2011, 1:46 am

that skimmer, is good that is what i used for my 55g... the 40 pounds of dry rock will do if you get some live rock to seed it..
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime6/9/2012, 7:30 pm

finally, after stopping my saltwater tank project i have retake it again. now the only things that I need to startit is:
1- reverse osmosis system
2-light fixture( I am planning to buy a 216 watt from fishneedit)
3- phosphate reactor
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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime6/13/2012, 9:05 pm

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PostSubject: Re: 55 gallons set up   55 gallons set up Icon_minitime6/14/2012, 6:07 pm

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