Sad News About The 55 Sump/ Help Saltwater Or Freshwater

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Hi,

So I had my whole summer planned around using my spare 55 and spare 30 to make a Saltwater tank and Sump... so sadly I’ve just learned that my 55 actually is tempered and now I can’t drill it. I don’t rly want an overflow box so I’m left w the decision to just make the 55 a Saltwater tank and use the 30 as a giant ATO maybe? Or make them both Saltwater or both Fresh. I’m rly lost here. I do have all the freshwater equipment which would make it easier and I heard someone say there’s no point in a Saltwater 55 but I just wanted other opinions because I feel like a Saltwater would be fun.

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I don't keep saltwater but do know a few things. If you want a Saltwater tank, use the 55 and use the 30 for hospital and quarantine, especially for wild caught fish. However, If you were me I'd do a 55 gallon cichlid tank, especially since you have the equipment. What ever setup is easier for you, go for it.
Edit: If you haven't kept tanks for some time, do a Freshwater tank or even a brackish tank. A brackish could help you into the salt life and maybe you could get an archer(you can train them to spit water)
 
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toomanyfishes said:
I don't keep saltwater but do know a few things. If you want a Saltwater tank, use the 55 and use the 30 for hospital and quarantine, especially for wild caught fish. However, If you were me I'd do a 55 gallon cichlid tank, especially since you have the equipment. What ever setup is easier for you, go for it.
Edit: If you haven't kept tanks for some time, do a Freshwater tank or even a brackish tank. A brackish could help you into the salt life and maybe you could get an archer(you can train them to spit water)
Hi. Yeah I was debating an African cichlids tank where I could paint the back of the 55 black... and then the 30 could be Saltwater. had fish for like 2 years now i have a 37 Freshwater and a 10 Saltwater now. And the 55 and 30 were originally Freshwater before I disassembled for the Saltwater tank and sump.. never heard of an arched. Is that a fish!? That’s so cool
 

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Marco Rodriguez said:
Hi. Yeah I was debating an African cichlids tank where I could paint the back of the 55 black... and then the 30 could be Saltwater. had fish for like 2 years now i have a 37 Freshwater and a 10 Saltwater now. And the 55 and 30 were originally Freshwater before I disassembled for the Saltwater tank and sump.. never heard of an arched. Is that a fish!? That’s so cool
Archers are grey and have black bands on them. Yeah, its really cool how they can sput water to knock down bugs above water. I would leave some space above the tank to put a long stick across the tank, or even have it open top and put a stick above as well, but they are jumpers. If cou can operate a 10 gal Saltwater nano tank, its sounds like you've got tricks of aquariums. The 37 for Saltwater and 55 for Freshwater, Saltwater, or even bw. If there's a cool fish you want but needs a bigger tank use the 55. Again, what ever floats your boat!
 
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toomanyfishes said:
Archers are grey and have black bands on them. Yeah, its really cool how they can sput water to knock down bugs above water. I would leave some space above the tank to put a long stick across the tank, or even have it open top and put a stick above as well, but they are jumpers. If cou can operate a 10 gal Saltwater nano tank, its sounds like you've got tricks of aquariums. The 37 for Saltwater and 55 for Freshwater, Saltwater, or even bw. If there's a cool fish you want but needs a bigger tank use the 55. Again, what ever floats your boat!
great thanks so much! I'll look into it. I think I'm going to keep the 10 as Salt and make the 30 Salt, and use the ATO from the 10 i currently have to fill both the 10 and the 30. then leave the 37 as my Freshwater Angel/ Apisto Tank. and go all out on the African Cichlids for the 55. Hopefully with all the old equipment I have I can limit my budget somewhat. Wish me luck!!
 
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This is my current stocking ideas for the 2 new tanks... thoughts?
30 GALLON SALT WATER
2 Ocellaris Clowns
2 Shrimp
Live Rocks
Royal Framma Basslet
5 Hermit Crabs
Tiger FileFish(?)

55 GALLON FRESH WATER
7 Yellow Labs
7 Red Zebra Mbuna
7 Blue Zebra Mbuna
 

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Marco Rodriguez said:
great thanks so much! I'll look into it. I think I'm going to keep the 10 as Salt and make the 30 Salt, and use the ATO from the 10 i currently have to fill both the 10 and the 30. then leave the 37 as my Freshwater Angel/ Apisto Tank. and go all out on the African Cichlids for the 55. Hopefully with all the old equipment I have I can limit my budget somewhat. Wish me luck!!
Good luck! I thought you could do 1 clown per 10 gallons. Be sure to keep majority females for cichilids, 1male for every 3 to 4 females
 
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