Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

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Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by TwistOfF8 » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:31 pm

I've been doing a lot of research on equipment for a marine setup but the more I read, the more confused I become. I know a lot depends on what I'll be keeping in my tank. I don't want to go bankrupt buying equipment I don't need, so I need to know what I do need.

I have one GSP in a 30 gal tank. He's about 3 inches long now. I don't plan to bring in any other animals. The sg is 1.019. The plants are artificial, with a few resin decorations. The substrate is sand. The tank is cycled, running for at least six months now. I have no interest in live plants, corals etc - just a simple setup for one puffer. I have two HOB filters, each rated for 30 gal. Now I'm noticing the water is cloudy no matter how many water changes I do. There's also more algae growth. I'm guessing this is because I'm using freshwater filtration in a salt water tank.

I know I need some sort of skimmer. I don't know if live rock is required, or whether I need a sump (I guess that depends on the type of skimmer?). So, what do I really need for this setup? What would be the most economical solution?

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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by Pufferpunk » Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:57 pm

You need a protein skimmer, HOB is fine & 1 1/2-2lbs live rock/gallon. You must be sure the live rock is cured.
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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by TwistOfF8 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:24 am

Pufferpunk wrote:
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:57 pm
You need a protein skimmer, HOB is fine & 1 1/2-2lbs live rock/gallon. You must be sure the live rock is cured.
Thanks for the info! Do I need to add both to the tank at the same time or should I add the skimmer first?

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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by Pufferpunk » Thu Jul 26, 2018 5:21 pm

Start with the skimmer, you may have to cure the rock. Look up how to do that.
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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by TwistOfF8 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:25 pm

Yup. I was looking for rock today and at the same time I looked up how to cure it. I found a couple of local reef supply shops that carry cured rock.

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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by TwistOfF8 » Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:09 pm

I bought an Ehopps PSK-75H skimmer second hand and installed it today. I downloaded the manual and watched some YouTube videos to figure out how to set it up. It seems to be working (though not skimming much yet), I hope it doesn't end up flooding my floor!

I moved one of the freshwater HOB filters to my other (slightly brackish) tank. The other is still in my puffer tank. Should I remove it now?

I will keep an eye open for cured live rock.

The tank is still pretty cloudy. I tried a 33% water change and it made no difference. Will the skimmer clear the water? If not, how else can I get rid of the cloudiness?

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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by Pufferpunk » Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:58 pm

Is the skimmer foaming?
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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by TwistOfF8 » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:57 am

It has bigger bubbles in the top collection chamber and the microbubbles below that. Overnight it has pulled some blackish green skimmate, so I think it's working now. I was fiddling with the water level setting yesterday so it would look similar to the ones I saw on YouTube. On the video they said to keep the level of microbubbles just at the bottom of the collection chamber.

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Re: Basic equipment for switch from brackish to marine

Post by Pufferpunk » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:36 pm

Great!
You are getting sleepy... you only hear the sound of my voice... you must do water changes... water changes... water changes... water changes...

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