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PostPosted: 2004.01.27(Tue)19:52    Post subject: Beginner Questions Reply with quote

I'm interested in starting a saltwater tank, either fish with live rock or a reef tank. I'll more than likely be using a 29 gallon. I'll eventually have questions pertaining to equipment, etc, but first I have a few questions.

1. How hard is it to move a reef tank? I'll be moving from TX to WI in a couple years, and am wondering if it's possible to move a reef tank without loosing everything. What kind of options do I have here?

2. Is using water from a RO/DI unit absoultely necessary? In this part of TX, the water quality seems questionable. I'm wondering with a saltwater tank if treating water using a dechlorinator is sufficient or if I need to use a RO/DI unit.

3. Lastly, being that it will be my first saltwater tank, any suggestion as to if I should do a fish with live rock or a reef tank? I've had good experiences with keeping cichlids, and kept up with testing and changing my water. I believe that with the proper equipment I'd be able to keep a reef tank.

Thanks for your feedback.
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Location: Knoxville, TN

PostPosted: 2004.01.27(Tue)19:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do your research and you should be fine keeping a saltwater because you sound pretty experienced. I would start with FOWLR and then you can gradually start adding some coral, either way I would set it up from the beginning as a reef concerning the lighting equipment etc. Answer for question 1: It will be hard especially considering how far you are moving, but it is possible. I wouldn't go 2 years without a tank just because I was moving somewhere. The fish and corals (most of them) are shipped to you or your LFS, so it is done all the time. If you think the water is questionable I would use RO.DI water. Most LFS sell it or you can buy a unit.
20 Gallon nanoreef
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10 gallon goldfish tank
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PostPosted: 2004.02.10(Tue)5:50    Post subject: Reply with quote

There have been people that have moved tanks maby you can find some info on that I have not done that personally,but it is possible. Definitly go with a fowlr at first when you are comfortable with it then start by adding good beginner corals like leathers, polyps, or mushrooms.

You could test your water to see if you need another source. Check for nitrates, phosphates, silicates, and copper they would be the main things that would affect your salt tank. These are common in drinking water. I had to find another source my tap water contains phosphates and nitrates over 110 ppms so I could not use that for my tank.
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