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What equipment do I NEED to have for Fish Only Saltwater tank.

Discussion in 'Saltwater General Discussion' started by MrSomethingFishy, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. MrSomethingFishy

    MrSomethingFishy Small Fish

    Jun 11, 2011
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    Hey, I have been keeping freshwater fish for quite a long time, and now I'm thinking of using my 29 gallon tank as my first Saltwater tank. Jus wondering, what kind of equipment do I need, that I don't have. And what do I use as substrate? I like aragonite, is that good?? Do I need to put live rock in there?? Or can I jus use lace rock or lava rock?? Protien skimmer, is this needed for a FISH ONLY tank?? I have researched it a bit, and I deff do not want to have a reef tank, don't want to have that big of a responsibilty and that much things to have to worry about. I think a fish only tank suits me best, who knows, maybe one day I'll decide to upgrade to that later. Please, any info would be great. Is there anything I'm missing?? Please keep in mind, I want info on FISH ONLY TANK. Thanks.

  2. DclownD

    DclownD Large Fish

    Jul 11, 2006
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    arganoite sand works. i believe you still need water movement. im not to sure about the other stuff.
  3. Lotus

    Lotus Ultimate Fish

    Aug 26, 2003
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    If you only want fish, then you need live rock (1 to 2 lbs. per gallon) and a powerhead or two. Aragonite sand will work. Avoid filters, as they tend to create nitrates in a saltwater tank. You don't really need a protein skimmer. Remember that stocking in a saltwater tank is at a much lower level than in freshwater. You can probably have two or three very small fish in there.
  4. ryanm19

    ryanm19 Medium Fish

    Feb 6, 2008
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    I agree with the posts above. With a tank that small a skimmer isn't necessary. Live rock and good flow will be your filtration and aragonite substrate will work.
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