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Transformation from Reef tank to Freshwater.

Here is the reef tank as it sat a few days ago. Since then I have sold off the corals.




Here is what the tank looks like after a day of cleaning the tank, sump, all the equipment, boiling my rock and rinsing the gravel.



Complete filtration setup.


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Now I just have to wait for it to cycle, and for my foilage to arrive.
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Looking good
Can't wait to see it planted.


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can i ask what size tank that is, and what lighting

also is that a quietone 3000?
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Yeah, haagenize is right, you might need to change out the actinics if they are still on there

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also, i'm wondering why you took down the nice reef and decided to use the same tank for a planted tank instead of just starting a new one
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can i ask what size tank that is, and what lighting

also is that a quietone 3000?

The tank is a 90 gallon. The lighting as of now is only 2 250 watt 14K metal halides. The Actinics I have burned out a few months ago. This tank wont be planted, just a community fish tank.

No, The closed loop pump is a Quiet One 6000, the retunr pump is a Quiet One 5000.
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boo this is a planted fish tank forum

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if you only are putting fish, you should really look into selling the light fixture you have now and buy something that isn't as strong, or else instead of a tank with only fish, you will have some nice algae to grow along with it
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boo this is a planted fish tank forum

Yeah I know,LOL. As of right now since I lost my job I cant afford to get a C02 setup etc. This will suffice for now, until I have extra income.
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if you only are putting fish, you should really look into selling the light fixture you have now and buy something that isn't as strong, or else instead of a tank with only fish, you will have some nice algae to grow along with it


I thought about selling the fixture, but If I ever do go reef again, I can use it for this tank or my 125.

My main plan was to use it to bring out the colors of the fish. I do understand with that much light, algae is right around the corner.

What type or style of lighting would you recommend to not only bring out the colors of fish, but also on the cheap side? The tank is a topless tank and will star=y that way to promote good gas exchange.

Any fixture would have to be hung.
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If you are even interested in a planted tank, you should take a look at soil substrates and low tech setups. Not all planted tanks have to be expensive high tech affairs.


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i second that. you can do beautiful low tech planted tanks without pressurized co2.

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You probably could get away with that much light if your tank is well stocked with plants. I'm running 250 watts of MH on a 45 gallon tank. It was algae city about a week after set up... but within a month I had it under control.


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