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Hello from Wisconsin

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Hello Everyone
We have had saltwater tanks for 10+ years, nothing fancy.  Our 55 gal sits empty right now and my husband wants seahorses, so I find myself here looking for suggestions.  We have some live rock in the tank, not a lot, HOB filter...crushed coral bottom (is that going to be a problem?).  I plan on getting a protein skimmer.  Is a sump a must have?  Thanks in advance.
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin

« Reply #1 posted: 2 years ago »
Welcome to fusedjaw.com. :)

We are a friendly group of seahorse people,My name is Sue if I can be of any help to you or give any advice to help I will ,until someone with more knowledge then me comes on..

Your tank sounds that seahorses will love their new home,some people have sand and some have bare bottom tanks (I have sand in both of my tanks ) you don't need to have pairs if you are not interested in breeding.

Will look foreward in seeing how you get on (we love pictures of tanks )
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin

« Reply #2 posted: 2 years ago »
Hello Everyone
We have had saltwater tanks for 10+ years, nothing fancy.  Our 55 gal sits empty right now and my husband wants seahorses, so I find myself here looking for suggestions.  We have some live rock in the tank, not a lot, HOB filter...crushed coral bottom (is that going to be a problem?).  I plan on getting a protein skimmer.  Is a sump a must have?  Thanks in advance.
Tara

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Welcome to fusejaw.  I too am fairly new to keeping seahorses and have found the folks here to be extremely helpful and friendly.  I am sure you will too.  Dawn
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin

« Reply #3 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi Tara! Welcome to a fellow Wisconsinite :)! A 55 would be a great tank.

Sumps are optional, but I think they make life a lot easier. I'd suggest you at least make sure the HOB produces enough flow. You want a flow rate of 10-20x per hour and no dead spots.

Keep the mechanical filter media cleaned often, more than you would other fish, seahorses are dirty! They don't digest their food well.

I'm not a fan of crushed coral for two reasons- it traps debris, and sometimes seahorses snick it, getting lodged in their snout. The later is a rare occurrence, but it still happens often enough that I think it's an unnecessary risk. On the same coin, if you go with sand, make sure it's a fine grain- I've seen some that's less sand and more fine crushed coral...

Good luck and keep us posted with your progress.
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As far as a sump goes.  I have an extra 10 gal, would that be sufficient?  Know of good DIY plans?
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Re: Hello from Wisconsin

« Reply #5 posted: 2 years ago »
Hi Tara, and welcome!
I am also new here.

Tank size will be perfect and a small amount of LR will be great.
I'm not a "sump" person only because I have no experience in them.
I do remember folks that have used a 10g as a sump, but I can't recall the size of the SH tank.

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I say go for the biggest sump you can fit under you're aquarium. I bet it's a 20 long. A 10 gallon sump can work, but they're cramped. The nice think about a sump is that you can add a lot of equipment there.

You can either drill an overflow, or buy an overflow box. I've seen plenty of people drill overflows on tanks that are running, but it is challenging, so an overflow box might be easier.

Melev's Reef has a couple really good articles on sumps. How They Work
sump designs
The designs are ones he sells, but you can get the gist of different design styles.
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