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susaben
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PostPosted: 2006.10.24(Tue)18:11    Post subject: First saltwater tank Reply with quote

It will be at least a year from now before I attempt a saltwater tank. I still have another year of learning to do. Just a few questions...

How big (or small) should my first saltwater tank be? I am planning to have a reef tank with soft corals/fish/invertebrates.

How much live rock is a "good start" for the size tank I should start with?

Whose opinions should I trust as far as picking out which fish go together with corals and what cleaner critters to get?
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FloridaBoy
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PostPosted: 2006.10.24(Tue)19:23    Post subject: Re: First saltwater tank Reply with quote

susaben wrote:
It will be at least a year from now before I attempt a saltwater tank. I still have another year of learning to do. Just a few questions...

How big (or small) should my first saltwater tank be? I am planning to have a reef tank with soft corals/fish/invertebrates.

A 75 gallon tank display would be nice, with a 10 gal quarantine system.

susaben wrote:
How much live rock is a "good start" for the size tank I should start with?

For a reef tank, as much as you cacn afford... you can also get base rock and seed it with some quality pieces which will be more economical.

susaben wrote:
Whose opinions should I trust as far as picking out which fish go together with corals and what cleaner critters to get?

Plenty of trustworthy authors have written quality books and magazine articles for your benefit, and the advisors here will assist you as well. Check out some of the published works on the saltwater list here:
http://www.aquahobby.com/e_books.php
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wittd
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PostPosted: 2006.10.24(Tue)19:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Research, research, and research.

Nano tanks aren't typically recommended for beginners. The smaller the tank, the quicker parameters change. Depending on your budget and room for the tank, my recommendation would be a 55 gallon.

As far as the live rock goes, I'd say as much as you can afford. A general idea is 1 to 2 lbs. of live rock per gallon.

Everyone's oppinion and no one's. What I mean by this, is research as much as you can, ask questions on here, compile all the information you can get and then make a decision as to wheather you can provide a proper environment for the particular creature in question. (I also highly recommend the advice of FloridaBoy, sirreal63, and Dale to name a few reliable regulars.)

These questions are really to general to give a good answer, but this is just my two cents worth. Maybe someone much more qualified than me will chip in here.
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