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PostPosted: 2008.09.12(Fri)12:18    Post subject: Reply with quote


I agree with AOW, some types of FW species can be very difficult.

I have looked at the ad, I could be mistaken, but that appears to possibly be a livestock tank for lobsters like you would see in a restaurant. It's a great price, but hard to say if that is going to serve your purpose---there are no details in the ad.

Many people find great deals with used equipment, but personally I will never purchase another used glass aquarium, the last one I bought leaked twice and for me it's just not worth the risk. I will always start with a new tank. Other types of equipment can also be very critical to your success, such as pumps and heaters, so you will have to weigh the risk to your livestock.

As for reef tanks, they are the most beautiful tanks out there but also the most complicated and expensive to set up and master, compared to a basic marine fish setup. I have tried to answer your question regarding setting up a reef tank vs. basic hardy fish tank here, please see myths no. 7 and 15:

Sumps are great, and a 29 gallon will work fine for a QT, but before you begin let me advise you to do two things:

1. Read this book, make this your first purchase:

2. Decide on the exact animals you want to keep FIRST, then build your system to match the requirements of those animals. This article may help you:

Your research will lead to success...
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