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DARKPHREAK
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PostPosted: 2004.01.05(Mon)7:59    Post subject: Equipment for sw ? Reply with quote

I have the opportunity to buy a used freshwater 50g tank. It comes with the stand, lighting, FLUVAL 303, heater and such. I'd like to convert it to a saltwater tank with some coral and a few fish. What else do I need to make this conversion? Just a basic SW nothing fancy for now, enough to get me going.

Any suggestions?

James
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Irons
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PostPosted: 2004.01.05(Mon)9:53    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will probably need different/more lighting (if you want corals) as well as something for more current (ie power heads). Skimmer if you'd like. About the only thing your really buying is the glass, filter, and heater.
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DARKPHREAK
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PostPosted: 2004.01.05(Mon)10:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

Irons,

What brand names would you suggest for powerheads and skimmers? How much lighting will be needed? Would it be difficult to incorporate these items into the existing system?

Either I buy the used tank and build from there or buy everything new from Big Al's minus the stand, which I'll make cause they charge 400$ for something I can build for 50$.

Thanks

James
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PostPosted: 2004.01.07(Wed)15:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

Used tank would be fine. Just make sure it doesn't leak!! As for skimmers go.. I highly recommend the Aqua C Remora Pro w/ the maxijet 1200 pump. This skimmer is a favorite for many hobbyist. Depending on where you buy it from, it may cost anywhere from $160-$180.
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SLACkra
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PostPosted: 2004.01.07(Wed)21:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you want don't want to spend to much on a skimmer and you want easy maintenance a redsea prizm skimmer would do the trick. basicaly a simple hang on the back skimmer. the lighting you have now would proably be sufficient for a fish only. but for corals you would be looking into getting more lighting. you might want to read http://www.aquahobby.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=547 . its sos's reef tank. you can read what lighting and equitment sos is running.
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karlas
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PostPosted: 2004.01.21(Wed)9:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both skimmers mentioned are very good for each of the price ranges. They are the 2 brands I usually reccomend to people also. For powerheads the best would be mini and maxi jets, and hagens. I've had both along with several other brands and those are the ones that are still goin. I figure you are going with fish only? That would be the easiest till you learn the basics.

for a real good beginning site

reef keeping 101
http://www.reefcorner.com/reef%20keeping_101.htm

thats a good starter I have a few more if interested
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MARKY MARK
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PostPosted: 2004.03.15(Mon)11:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read this with intrest, I'm new to this and find most of you are from the US. I'm in the UK and have posted on various places about UV filtration and I have not had one reply . I see that no one mentions it at all. do you use them in the US
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PostPosted: 2004.03.25(Thu)7:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never used UV filtration but from what I have read it has its pros and cons. It helps against diseases and alges, but on the other hand it can kill good bacteria that you may want. That is someting that you might want to check into more before considering it.
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