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Depths_of_blue
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PostPosted: 2010.02.11(Thu)6:50    Post subject: Need help, looking to start marine aquarium :) Reply with quote

I have a small 28 L tank so my first question is, is this big
enough for a marine aquarium? And if so what is the best
filter to get and what other equipment do I need? I have never
had an aquarium before so need all the help I can get!!
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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.02.11(Thu)11:11    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm no expert but I can tell you right now that a 28 liter is too small for a SW aquarium, since this is your first aquarium I reccomend making that tank a betta tank or a shrimp tank with some harqulin rasboras, at wal-mart you can get a 40L aquarium for 13$ and filteration is going to cost the same.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.11(Thu)14:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please start with a minimum 29-30 gallon tank.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.11(Thu)17:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
I'm no expert but I can tell you right now that a 28 liter is too small for a SW aquarium, since this is your first aquarium I reccomend making that tank a betta tank or a shrimp tank with some harqulin rasboras, at wal-mart you can get a 40L aquarium for 13$ and filteration is going to cost the same.

we don't have walmart over here but thanks anyway, I think I will sell the tank and get a bigger one
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PostPosted: 2010.02.11(Thu)17:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, have decided to sell small tank and get a larger one, what kind of equipment do I need?
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PostPosted: 2010.02.11(Thu)18:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depths_of_blue wrote:
Thanks guys, have decided to sell small tank and get a larger one, what kind of equipment do I need?

I bought all used, except the tank and didn't regret it. Make sure you scan the web for local reef clubs and check out the for sale section.

What I went for was do it yourself VHO and HO light, a thrown away acrylic sump, a used skimmer. I bought the tank to get a drilled one, and have zero regrets on everything.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.12(Fri)10:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Make this your first purchase....
http://www.amazon.com/Conscientious-Marine-Aquarist-Commonsense-Professional/dp/1890087998/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1265992022&sr=1-1
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PostPosted: 2010.02.17(Wed)13:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

Really u can find all info on the net. there are some great articles here to get u started

first, look at ure budget, then if u want fish or corals, or both
basically u need live rocks, a skimmer, lighting (depends on what corals you want to keep) and water movement (power heads)

read up on all those.

smaller tank = more work = more chance of it crashing.

ure biggest investment is the skimmer and lighting.

also, do not buy anything cheap, you will be wasting ure money.

ID say start with ure tank, get some live rocks, about 1 lbs per gallon and 1 power head circulating water at least 20-80 times an hour, and start with 2 clownfish and read up on SW and test ure water and get used to the parameters u have to deal with, once u mastered that, add an anemone, buy lighting and skimmer, and start stocking corals

if u are into fish, in 6 months u will need a MUCH bigger tank, so wen buying skimmer and lighting, think about upgrading in future and if u can use them.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.17(Wed)14:15    Post subject: Reply with quote

allmost wrote:

ID say start with ure tank, get some live rocks, about 1 lbs per gallon and 1 power head circulating water at least 20-80 times an hour, and start with 2 clownfish and read up on SW and test ure water and get used to the parameters u have to deal with, once u mastered that, add an anemone, buy lighting and skimmer, and start stocking corals

The Op's tank is only 28 litres (7 gallons) so it is not large enough for any fish Rolling Eyes

He has wisely decided to upgrade and go with fresh water for a first tank.
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PostPosted: 2010.02.17(Wed)20:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

diademhill wrote:
allmost wrote:

ID say start with ure tank, get some live rocks, about 1 lbs per gallon and 1 power head circulating water at least 20-80 times an hour, and start with 2 clownfish and read up on SW and test ure water and get used to the parameters u have to deal with, once u mastered that, add an anemone, buy lighting and skimmer, and start stocking corals

The Op's tank is only 28 litres (7 gallons) so it is not large enough for any fish Rolling Eyes

He has wisely decided to upgrade and go with fresh water for a first tank.


I don't see where the o.p. said they were going to go with freshwater. But I would highly reccomend this Depths_of_blue, because saltwater tanks are much harder to mainitain, IMO. Even though I have never had one... and really have no desire to, lol.

I think neon tetras could possibly be alright in a 7 gallon tank, but don't do this. Since this is your first tank, you should understock and have a medium-sized tank. Also, neon tetras are very sensitive fish and are not for begginers.
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