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Old 04-29-14, 07:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Beginner Salt Water Tank

My DH has been wanting a salt water tank for as long as I can remember. I'm looking for advice on what would be a good beginner size, fish, etc... He's really nervous about all the work it will take but has wanted one FOREVER. We're in a position now where it would be possible to start one. Any advice is welcome. Thanks!
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I had researched it before a while back. If there is only going to be a small fish and maybe a shrimp, the bio cubes can work. If you are looking for something to hold more fish, the bigger the better. More water means more forgiving room for salinity and chemical balances.

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Thanks! We were not sure weather to start small or go big I'm always of the opinion that bigger is better LOL.
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Thanks! We were not sure weather to start small or go big I'm always of the opinion that bigger is better LOL.
Bigger also means a bigger budget LOL! When I had my reef set up then the more water you can flow through external sumps the better, once you start its addictive just like our slithery friends

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Are you looking to do a reef tank with fish? No coral, just fish? No fish, just coral?
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He wants to do fish and has some in mind: Humupicasso Trigger fish, Foxface Lo, Bicolored Dottyback, and eventually maybe a Porcupine Puffer and I'm sure they require a large tank. We asked at our local exotic/fish store about a 55 gal. and they said all we could put in there were small fish. We'll have a larger budget, and more room, in summer. My only concern with going big early is we eventually hope to move and I'm concerned with having to move a huge setup.
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Yeah, for those fish, you will need MUCH larger than a 55. But it's a great starting point to get you into the hobby.
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Personaly if you know you are moving I would say go with something smaller, the 40 breeders make great tanks, they do get expensive but are fun
Have one 40 gallon- octopus/gorgonia reef tank, a 55 gallon fish only, a 10 gallon- dwarf seahorse ank, a 20 gallon- hospital tank, and a 300 gallon stock tank for rays
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Those are so pretty! I love the octopus and the sea horse tanks! I'm trying to talk DH into finding something like a 40 gallon or so already set up that someone is selling. We are going to also go talk some more to our fish/reptile guys but I wanted to see what the opinions were on here for beginners too. We can go bigger than 55 gal. it just happened to be the size of an extra tank I had laying around. He waited too long on that one though and I used it for something else We'd have to purchase a new tank.
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Re: Beginner Salt Water Tank

Not to hijack your thread but how big of a tank would you recommend for a lion fish and some eels?
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Moving a large tank is really difficult, from what I've heard. I read a lot of for sale ads that are people moving and tearing down their large tanks, because the percentage of loss during a move is so high that it just isn't worth it. My boyfriend is concerned even about moving our reef tank to a larger aquarium because of the stress it will cause the animals :-/ So maybe starting with a smaller tank for now would be good to learn about it and get comfortable, and do tons of research on the requirements for a large tank? I didn't realize how complicated they are until I had to start taking care of ours by myself when the boyfriend is gone for work!
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I agree with starting with a small tank if you'll be moving. If it's anytime soon, I would just hold off altogether because saltwater aquariums are a pain to move in general. I've had to do it, it was a mess.
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We're not really sure when we'll be moving, we're hoping it will be sometime in the next 2 years. We like where we are but want a larger place I think if we start small(ish) that would be best. We already have a 30 gallon gold fish tank so maybe something like that size.
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