Saltwater fish for 55 gallon tank?

Hello! I've kept a freshwater tank before and now and thinking that I'd like to try a salt water tank. The problem is, I've got no experience with salt water tanks or fish. I've heard that FOWLR (Fish only with live rock) is the way to go. So, what types of fish would I be able to get for my 55 gallon tank? Can you use a Tetra Whisper filter in a saltwater tank? What about AquaClear? Any specific brands of aquarium salt that you would recomend? My tank currently has 80 gallons worth of filtration in it. It has an AquaClear 50 gallon HOB filter and a Tetra Whisper 10-30i filter in it. How much would the fish cost that you recommend? Remember: I'm only a beginner so I don't want any fish that would be hard to take care of. Thank you!

Asked By: Amber - 9/9/2012
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You know when you go to the beach and you see the foam building up along certain places. Well this "foam" is excess protein that builds up, which is what happens in the home aquarium. The excess protein is very damaging to the fish and invertebrates. To solve this solution, you will need a protein skimmer. A protein... More
Answered By: Bretshark - 9/9/2012
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Where ate you located? There's a pet store I can give you the number to and he can help you with fish he's a pro
Answered By: Jon - 9/9/2012
The best for a 55 could be clowns, damsels, wrasse, gobys, tangs, triggers, puffers and more. Use instant ocean for the salt. Also when you say AC 50 isnt 50 gallons. An AC 50 will filter about 200gph but more realistically about 150gph.
Answered By: Nick - 9/9/2012
Can you use a normal HOB filter with a saltwater tank? Yes. I have a 125 gallon reef tank with a sump/refugium system but no HOB filter, and also have a 55 gallon seahorse tank with a HOB filter. Overall, my 125 gallon reef tank looks best full-time. My seahorse tank normally looks okay, but if I slack off on water... More
Answered By: Zach - 9/9/2012
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