Conversion of a tank

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  1. crash_override

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    Hi guys,

    I have seen a lot of guys convert a freshwater tank to a marine tank so im here for some advice...
    I currently have a freshwater tank with some discus in there however they are now old and grey and I can see the inevitable on its way :(

    I want to convert this tank to a saltwater tank.
    The tank is 245 liter full, but once you add substrate and live rock im guessin a water volume of around 200L.
    I have a fluval 406 which runs at 1450L/h and plan on getting a HOB protein skimmer.
    I will change the media in the canister filter to new out of the box media and also add about 15kg of live rock and a good substrate (im thinking carib sea seafloor special grade or red sea live sand.

    I have a Zetlight ZT6600 that will be powering the setup.

    Do you think that this will work?

    Any pointers in the correct direction?
     
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  3. aapstert180

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    Hi and welcome. What is the tank dimensions? Glass thicknesses? Why not add a sump? Will give larger water volume and increase stability in tank.
     
  4. crash_override

    crash_override Thread Starter

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    Hey bud,,
    Tank is 120cm long
    50cm high
    45cm wide.
    Glass thickness is 6 or 8mm.. cant remember now. Think it is 6mm.

    Considering it but space is a constraint and i also dont want to drill my tank... i really dont wanna drill my tank.. probably will put a hang on back overflow and a vertical style sump later on.
     
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    You will need to put in braces too, not sure if 6mm glass will do the trick. Hang on overflow takes alot of space.its better to drill, i have an overflow box built on side of tank with 2 overflow pipes. Rather safe than sorry
     
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    it has braces. i already took the hood off and put some glass panes on as well as the zetlight.
     
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    Good luck, keep us postes on the progress, and remember the pics!!
     
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    It may be best to drill it. Id also do it before any livestock goes in. Its much easier to make changes now than once tank has cycled.
     
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    My 90 long 50 high tank has 10mm glass.

    I put the dimentions of your tank into the safety calculator, it says that your tank has a safety factor of 1.7.

    The recommended safety factor is 3.8. It says that you should have at minimum 9mm glass with a double base.

    Not sure how accurate that is, but just putting it out there.

    I would also agree with the above and say you should drill your tank and get a sump. My old tank didn't have a sump and it was very cluttered and harder to work in. I'm not regretting getting a sump for my new build.


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  10. SAReefer

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    Drilling is your best option, and not too difficult... check out Bulk Reef Supplies video on 52 weeks of reefing. Not sure which episode but it's up front and shows how to do it.

    The sump will not only add volume, but also allow to add other filtration. Canister filters are not great for Reef systems. Also, I think the skimmer should be hidden away, not only is it more effective but also you and guests don't have to see the green stinking slime that builds up everyday.

    Sump is the way to go when converting.


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