From fresh to salt

Robert Fling

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ive got a 75 gallon freshwater tank with a sun sun canister filter and I would like to turn it into a saltwater fowlr setup for now, may turn it into a reef tank down the road but for now I don’t want to spend the money on a light. I know I’m going to need to get some live sand and live rock but what should I do about filteration? The sun sun probably wouldn’t be good for saltwater so should I just load the tank full of live rock or get a hang on back skimmer? I don’t want to add a sump because I don’t want to drill my tank and I don’t like the hang on over flows
 

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Skimmer is always a good thing. Most guys run sumps with spray bars also. I've been out of salt for over a decade, sorry I can't be more help.
 
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Robert Fling

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You can keep the canister. Run an oversized skimmer. You will be fine. My current reef is run on a can. No issues
Just out of curiousity, what do you keep in you’re canister and also I’d like to see you’re tank, post a pic if you can!
 

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Bottom two trays ceramic mech rings, mid tray eheim substrat with carbon and phosguard, 2nd last tray fine floss over substrat pro, top tray course sponge. Eheim 2075 filter.

I strongly suggest going with a sump. Its definitely not needed though and I have seen many successful reef tanks on canisters.

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Robert Fling

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Wow you’re reef looks great! Any skimmer recommendations? I was looking at the reef octopus 2000 HOB but I don’t really know much about salt water equipment
 
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