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Hey there guys, so I'm looking at two tanks off of Craigslist as I am upgrading my tank.

There's one that is a 55 gallon with:
Up for sale is a 55 gal tank setup with all accessories needed to have a nice saltwater tank and coral growout. Everything needed to start your saltwater tank!

Included is the following:
(1) 55 Gallon Glass tank w/ Black back-in great condition!
(1) Aquatic Life T5 4 lamp, 4 foot fixture w/ lunar LED lights. This fixture is controllable w/ the remote on the unit- $350 new on amazon. Great for growing LPS & SPS! Has blue, white/pink, and blue LED moon lights.
(1) Brooklyn Black Metal Stand- this is $80 new and is not even a year old.
(1) 40 gallon glass sump- 3 chambers, one for a refugium.
(1) Eshopps PF-800 HOB overflow with filter sock and all plumbing needed. These are $80 new and rated for 800 gph.
(1) JBJ Nano Glo LED light for sump-this was $50 new and is barely used.
(1) Hydor Koralia Circulation Pump
(1) Heater
(1) 500 gph return pump
(6) Big Pieces of rock-this was live and will become live once put in a saltwater tank.
(1) Return line with nozzle
350 OBO (plus I'll add pictures if I can from my iPad)


Or this 85 gallon:'with lights, canopy, skimmer, sump tank and claims it is ready to go so I Bielefeld it has a pump. For 350 OBO.


I'm going to look at both tanks today to see whether I like the top one with HOB overflow or the second one with Built in overflow. The top guy also said he can give me a skimmer he is using as a back up which is an eshopps psk-75h



Thanks for any advice that you guys have to offer on my decisions!
 

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if the second one comes with a stand i would say that one. if not the first seems plug and play. i would guess the question would be would you rather have an 85 gallon or a 55 gallon.
 

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i am not a fan of the standard 55 for reefs. great for FW, not so much for reefs. they are just to thin. very hard to get good rock work.

i would honestly go with anything but a 55.

G~

BTW- i owned one for 10+years as a reef.
 

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Okay so update:

The guy with the 85 gallon that I went to see today had everything out in the open for about a month so the tank was waterless (needs a deep cleaning) and the "sump" was a 20 gallon tank with out any divisions. The stand is in pretty bad shape. The only reason I would choose the 85 really is because it's bigger and has the built in overflow.

Then guy that had the 55 gallon has everything running so you know it works,and the sump is 40 gallons with a refugium setup in it too. It was very clean and looks really nice. As of right now I'm leaning towards the 55 gallon.
 

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I love my 55, but the others are right - it's very difficult to work in because it's so narrow. I think you'll have to make the decision on which is the better deal based on seeing them - it's hard to tell by an ad exactly what you'd be getting. It could be a great deal from someone looking to get out or it could be someone else passing on their problems.

EDIT: Posted this as you were posting what you saw. :pI the 55 looks in good shape, then I'd go with it. It's a pain and I bang my knuckles cleaning it but it's not a nightmare.
 

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I'm going to go with the 55 gallon and then later on when I finish up school upgrade to a larger one when I have my own place.

On another note, what kind of calcium or phosphate skimmer should I get? I don't have a lot of money because I'm a semi poor college student.
 

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a note on the Brooklyn Black Metal Stand, DO NOT scratch it!! it rusts like crazy because it has a very thin coat to protect it from rusting.

i actually have the same stand and i had to sand the rusting off and paint it with rustolium within 6 months of it being used and it was brand new!
the stand will get ugly too with all the equipment and the eventual rusting, that's why i actually made a cover for it out of wood. if your interested i can post a pic. its basically just a black wood cover with 2 doors held with magnets and with handles.

i also have the eshopps pf-800 and its served me well, never had issues, no flooding or nothing! im unsure about your return pump tho because it seems kind of slow for the height and overflow. if you flow is too slow it could potentially cause issues with the overflow. im currently using a mag drive 9.8, could have went with the mag drive 7.8.

for the 40 gallon sump, to me that seems way to big for the stand. i am currently using a 20 gallon long and it fits perfect. with the 40 gallon it is going to go over the edges of the stand.

the 4 bulb t5 fixture is fine, i have something similar and it grows everything u could ever want.
 

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for the skimmer i got a reef octopus 150. u can get it for around 100 used. very good skimmer.
 

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if your going to be using rodi, the best and cheapest would be the spectra pure 90gpd refurbished.
 

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for rock i used the reefcleaner 50 pound rocks. perfect amount for the size of the 55 and it is poris so more bacteria!
 

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I've had a metal stand before on my 30 gallon and never had any problems with it. The sump a good size for the tank and doesn't hang over the edges. I would like to see how you jerry rigged your stand though. Thanks!
 

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here are some pics of my 55 gallon tank with the pf-800 overflow and the 50lb of reefcleaner rock and a 4 bulb t5 fixture. maybe my tank can give u an idea of how to setup yours.
basically i run a reef octopus 150, gfo and carbon reactors, a jaebo wp-25, pf-800, mag drive 9.5 and a couple power heads with a 20 gallon sump.
the overflow is on the left side and the return is on the right side of the tank.




cant forget about mr.lobster!
 

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how can a 40 gallon tank fit within the 2 metal bars? what 40 gallon is it? long or breeder? the width of the stand is only 13 inches.
if it does fit it must be long.
 

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I've had a metal stand before on my 30 gallon and never had any problems with it. The sump a good size for the tank and doesn't hang over the edges. I would like to see how you jerry rigged your stand though. Thanks!
i guess it depends on the stand, but at the welds where two bars meet thats where it rust for me. also it rusted for me when it occasionaly got splashed by water like when the water returns to the sump.
 
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