View Full Version : Show your 55

09/29/2008, 10:15 AM
I m in the plaing stages for my 55 switch to salt water and I am looking for some ideas on how to aqua scape this tank. For me this will be a softie and LPS tank but would love to see any 55 gal scapes to see how people delt with the narrow dimentions of the tank while still using the hight of it. Though the tank is fresh water I use reef rock for my cichlids that are currently in the tank so here is what it looks like right now. Notice that I have no problems with haveing algee in this tank I actualy like it to grow in this tank.


09/29/2008, 10:21 AM
The pic did not show up.

09/29/2008, 10:21 AM
it shows for me. hmm what did it say?

09/29/2008, 10:28 AM
I see it....

09/29/2008, 10:40 AM
Here's a crappy cell picture of mine back in March.


09/29/2008, 05:56 PM
I see it now. What type of rock is that?? I would definately get live rock. I used to have a 55. If you can I would just bite the bullet and go larger. I went to a 90 and wish I had gone bigger, like a 120 or 180. The 55 is tuff because it is so narrow. Here is a pic of my old 90 gal.


09/29/2008, 06:20 PM
It is reef rock perfectly fine for a salt water tank and should turn into live rock after seeding with live which is what I will be doing. If I do go bigger the biggest I will go is a 75gal since I am far from rich and would never go taller then the 20" I hated the 90 I had to work on.

09/29/2008, 07:16 PM
Had, broke, will buy, a 55. Subscribed for ideas.:)

09/29/2008, 07:20 PM
common no one else on this site wants to show there 55 even if ya don't have it anymore?

09/29/2008, 09:35 PM
here are a few recent pics



FOWLR (it looks funny casue one of my lights is broken)


09/29/2008, 11:01 PM
Tagging along, hopefully I'll put my 55 in here sometime down the road.

09/29/2008, 11:42 PM
Here are some pics of mine in various stages over the past year or so.




09/30/2008, 06:55 AM
some nice looking tanks there guys keep them coming

09/30/2008, 08:23 AM
I wouldn't use base rock used in fresh water tank. Unless its cooked or somthing. IMO

09/30/2008, 08:28 AM
well your the very first person that seems to think I would have anyproblems with it. It will all be scrubed in vineger water and rinsed really well. It will then go into the tank with some live rock to seed it and cycle for a month or two. The tank has never had copper in it so the rock should be fine ather then needing a good cleaning.

09/30/2008, 10:13 AM
Why not just buy all live rock? There are some really good deals on LR here on RC.

09/30/2008, 11:23 AM
because I have already spent a ton on the reef rock which is fine for use in a salt water set-up and will turn into live rock there is 100+lbs of it and I paid $2.69lb. So why waist the money I am far from rich. Plus I am from canada so shipping would be a fortune. Thank you but I will stick to my plan even if it means it takes a year for full coraline coverage on the rocks.

09/30/2008, 11:25 AM

That is what the rock in the tank is.

Everyones Hero
09/30/2008, 12:09 PM
Vacuum fish
Add salt

How long have you had that pleco? That's that size of the one I have in my 20g.

Don't bother wasting that rock. I wouldn't even cook it. I'd clean whatever you plan on cleaning & then add the salt water. The salt water should kill whatever is living & that would help start the cycle.

From a couple of months ago:


Cloudy because the sump had been off for a couple of days & now everything's all stirred up (plumbing issue coupled with having to work.)

09/30/2008, 12:50 PM
Anteverius, nice dogface!!!

Mr. Turtle
09/30/2008, 01:04 PM
Here's my 55. Its only about 6 months old but it was dirt cheap so i upgraded from my 24g aquapod. some of the rock and coral were in the aquapod and i just moved it all over to this tank. I have a penguin 350 bio'wheel filter to take out the particles, etc. and a 20g DSB/macro algae refug. Lighting is a dual PC Coralife fixture. everything seems to be pretty happy, growing, etc.

My only problem seems to be red flat worms. I bought a 6 line wrasse to get rid of them...but i cant really tell that he's interested in eating them..lol.

I'm planing an upgrade to 125g right after christmas so this tank will be come the sump/refug.

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09/30/2008, 02:09 PM
oh lol that isn't a pleco though you are right in that pic it does look like one. Its actualy a a sindontis catfish that do well with cichlids I can't keep a pleco in that tank for the life of me they always killed them so gave up besides I liked the way the rock looked with the algae in this tank and so do the fish. I just use a spunge to clean the tank walls on a rugular basis and the water changes keep the sand from getting and on it.