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Old 11-23-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
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75 gallon, new to Saltwater aquariums

Hello everyone, my name is Mark and I own a 75 gallon drilled tank. Originally I bought it a few months ago to turn it into a freshwater planted Crystal Red Shrimp tank. But over time I have changed my mind and want to do saltwater. Plus my 3 year old nephew wants "Nemo", lol. So, I have a few question for the experienced saltwater people.
I already bought a few things for my 75 gallon tank(when it was gonna be a freshwater setup) and was wondering if I can use them for saltwater. Here is a list:
1) Marineland Aquatic Plant LED Lighting System w/Timer 48"-60" (worried that the light spectrum isn't correct for saltwater. I need to learn about saltwater lighting still)
2) Eshopps Wet-Dry Filter model WD-100CS 15 gallon sump. (I'm worried about fitting a skimmer in this sump)

Also, what other equipment will I need to purchase to have a complete setup for saltwater. I want to have a coral/fish tank.
I know I have a lot of reading to do on the forums and others places on this and probably will have a dry tank for a few more months, but I wanna get everything prepared. Hopefully with the holidays coming up there will be a few good sales on equipment and I would like to take advantage of that if possible.
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:51 PM   #2
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For salt water reef tanks you need

Live rock for bio filtration
Sand if you want sand 1/2 inch worth is my recommendation
Ro/di unit

First off water quility is what the hobby demands so no tap water chlorine is the least of your worries. Canister filters are not really used for reef tanks because if you arnt dkiligent on maintenance the become detritus sinks. Live rock teamed with good water movement and a skimmer is all that is needed. Dry rock or live rock will work they have there pros and cons then there is aquacultured rock. I personally would use dry rock (rinsed throughly with ro or ro/di water) and live sand. You wont get any bad hitchhikers but you wont get good ones either dry rock is also cheaper. Or you can use some of both dry and live rock.

It is important to make sure you cycle the tank properly since the bacteria will be responsible for the filtration. If you want a run dont on the nitrogen cycle I can add it later. And weekly maintenance will be the key 10 to 20 persent water changes and siphoning sand and blowing off the rocks. Slow is the name of the game nothing good ever happens by rushing weather that is adding a bunch of fish invert or corals all at once or adding critter that you dont know there tank requirements, compatibility, or food requirements or if they are reef safe or not.

The reef keeping made easy thread is a great resoirce to read it is long but useful. If you got jquestion ask away we are here to help
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Old 11-23-2013, 11:59 PM   #3
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Hi mark
As far as the lighting goes i can't help much there as I haven't bothered to educate myself about them cause I don't plan on upgrading from my T5's anytime soon.

As far as the sump, you can make it work if you really don't want to spend any extra cash "re-purchasing" equipment you already own. I have the same exact sump as you and after a year and a half I decided to ditch the bio balls and go with a filter sock.


Purchased that skimmer and it fits, although a little tight. It's probably not the best but it works for me and I have nothing bad to say about it.

One thing I would add is some type of powerhead to provide flow throughout the tank. I suppose what you intend to keep will dictate how much flow you want. I started with a korillia powerhead, then upgraded to 1 vortech MP-10, then added another. I'm a big fan of the MP-10 and if you intend to keep corals, they will appreciate it.

The more experienced will be able to give you better opinions, I just wanted to let you know that you can use the sump (with a little modification) and be successful.
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Old 11-24-2013, 07:40 AM   #4
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Thanks for responding.
So, bio balls are not required in saltwater sumps and the live rock and sand do the bio filtration work?
What do you recommend for out of sump skimmers?
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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Thanks for responding.
So, bio balls are not required in saltwater sumps and the live rock and sand do the bio filtration work?
What do you recommend for out of sump skimmers?
yes and reef octopus makes good skimmers.
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