freshwater tank conversion

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  1. hassen

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    hi Guys

    New to the forum, happy new year to all, Im thinking of converting my freshwater setup to a full reef aquarium, need to find out if the tank specs measure up, tank size is 1.2 x 500 x 600 high, total volume about 400 litres, water overflows from the left back corner into the sump which has 3 chambers, enters 1st chamber from the top goes under and up a baffle plate and flows to 2nd chamber from top, same story from 2nd to 3rd, 3rd chamber has a heater, return pump and water reenters the tank from the top right hand back corner.

    Is this setup okay for a reef tank, what modifications will be needed etc
     
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    Welcome to MASA. It sounds good, got any pics for us? It is always nice to have a sump with a marine tank for all the equipment like the skimmer, heater, carbon reactors, etc ,etc.
    You might have to upgrade the lights should you want to keep corals later on.

    You will basicaly need

    A reverse osmosis unit to make RO water
    Good quality salt like Brightwell Neomarine, Seechem, Tropic marine,etc
    Test kits - Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, kH, pH for now - later - calcium, phosphate
    Flow pumps like Tunze, Vortex or Seio's
    Protein skimmer - Reef octopus, Reeftek, Tunze - here you get what you pay for
    Substrate (sand)/aragonite for the tank bottom should you want
    Good quality live rock
    Heater
    Hydrometer or refractometer to measure the salinity (salt levels)

    There are more things you gonna need as time goes on, but for now I suggest you read the link in my signature on starting a marine tank - great info and not a long read, but worth it ;)
     
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    thanks guys, i will read your signature threas later on, how to upload an image for you guys,
     
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    From someone who had the plain old freshwater tanks a long time back and now only 4 months or so into my new reef tank, I am seriously enjoying it. Way more work but much more rewarding - sort of a creator feeling :)
    I will say that it is much more work but worth every second I put into it. Last night I saw so many new things coming out of the live rock. It is awesome to watch it grow - just like my kids - except that they help me with this one.

    Word of advise - buy best you can so get full monetry usage else you will have to replace later on.
     
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    Hello and welcome.

    How big is your sump?
    at worst, you might need to cut the glass partitions out and re-position them.

    But a Pic says a thousand words.
     
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    here is your pic

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    got one of your sump?
     
  12. hassen

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    hers a picture of the sump, hope it loads
     
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