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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Need Help setting up a 110 GL tank

Hi, trying to help out a friend setting up a tank, he bough a house it came with a 110GL tank, full set up, was previously a Salt water tank set up.
I never had to convert from Salt to fresh water before. He wants to do a planted Fresh Water tank set up.
Any ideas?
What steps to take, it's a full setup sump the works.
Will be getting a new canister tank.
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Hi Davidz! I would start with checking the tank for leaks. Fill up the tank with water and see if there are any. If there are, re-seal with silicon for aquariums (there will be suggestions from others but I make my life easy and just grab the ones from fish store lol). Actually, I would probably re-seal the whole thing anyway since I can't be sure how old it is. As for cleaning, vinegar and water, make sure you scrub the whole thing thoroughly. Use new sponge. There should not be a trace that it was used for saltwater before.
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Thank you, that part is covered, anything else?
What about the sump set up

Bump: Get rid of the skimmer?
No use in FW anyway
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I've never installed sump pumps on any of my tanks, I won't be able to help with this.

But yes, skimmers have no use in FW.
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I would suggest cleaning first as old salt tanks do often come with a lot of build up. A razor blade scraper that is designed for cleaning paint from glass can often be good for getting the really thick stuff off the glass. Vinegar is good to help soften the minerals.
However, don't be totally surprised if the glass doesn't come totally clear as salt does sometimes etch the glass.
I would look at the skimmer a bit more before deciding to ditch it. There are times when skimmers are handy on freshwater tanks. It could be an asset if it is not too ugly. The sump will likely be something to keep and use. Depending on the design, they can work really well for freshwater tanks. I don't use sumps but many do find them very good. The hard part seems to be getting the design right but if it was working good before, you may be way past that stage?
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Great Rich, Yes the tank was in full functional order and has been cleaned with vinegar and water. The sump is in the cabinet below and looks ok.
He is looking to make it into a planted Discus tank.
Personally never has a tank this big and a sump set up.
I usually keep it simple a canister or a couple HOBs.
How would you set up with the sump?
Any ideas would be helpful.
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