Coldwater to marine

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15 Oct 2016 15:10 #1 by robert (robert carter)
A mad thought came in my mind my 350 litre coldwater tank that has a 120 litre sump could i use as a marine tank and any ideas what it would cost , just a simple set up . Wouldnt be till next year anyway as i need to the koi in it to grow on over the winter

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15 Oct 2016 16:49 #2 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Well Robert, welcome to the salty side lol.

Off the top of my head, if it's running t5 you will need different bulbs, or led it'll need different lights.

A skimmer. Anything from 120 euro to 1000 lol.

Reactors €50 etching and a pump or bagged media.

Live rock 15 euro a kilo would need at least 30kgs, sand 20kg.

You should have heaters and returns so you don't need them.

Other thing then is a wavemaker for flow.

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15 Oct 2016 16:56 #3 by robert (robert carter)
Would need heaters as its coldwater at present, just wondering about the sump layout would it be different for marine , this isnt going to happen until next summer so loads of time for advise and research , at present running 2 x55 watt t5 so that will have to change .

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15 Oct 2016 17:31 #4 by Sukahn (Shane Doorley)
Well one 300W heater would do the 3ft.

Yea I my opinion 6 bulbs is the min you should have on a marine. Just for the right spectrum but that's just what I like lol.

As a start tho you could just get new marine white for them and get blue led marine strips as an upgrade.

As long as the first chamber could fit a skimmer and is at a constant level you would be fine with the layout really.i have a 3 compartment sump in my 5ft but a 2 compartment sump I'm the clearseal 3ft. Look at pic 5 on my advert for the 3ft sump.
www.adverts.ie/11276924

I'll always be here to help anyways :-)

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