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Old 11-10-2014, 07:21 PM   #1
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First saltwater tank with absolutely no knowledge of saltwater tanks

Hi everyone i have more freshwater tanks then i can count, and i just got a old 20 gallon tank for 4 dollars that i patched up and cycle using a canister filter from my 100 gallon, doing a little research i realise this is a bit small. right now the tank is freshwater with a baby green spotted puffer. I want to very slowly transition into a succesful full sw tank and i really dont know where to start
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I would suggest starting with a larger tank, but that is my opinion. Smaller SW tanks are typically more difficult to maintain and keep balanced than larger systems.
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yea i have read that a lot... but that really just isnt an option hahaha i wish it was, id have a 300gal if i could but i cant do it lol. plus im willing to do more work to accomplish this im very persistent
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If you are willing to invest the daily work that most likely be required on a smaller tank then you will be fine. The biggest issue you will run into is keeping the parameters in check on a smaller system but it can be done.
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I plan on around a twice a week water change schedule, every 3 days? will this be efficient in the water changing aspect for a small tank?
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Evaporation will be a bigger issue for you. Smaller tanks will show SG fluctuations faster because of the smaller volume of water. Keeping the tank topped off with freshwater will be important. Once the tank is balanced you wont have to worry too much about the parameters, but you will have to make sure to keep the tank topped off.
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Okay so that means im going to be needing to check the salinity atleast once a day? also im assuming i should switch to some type of sand substrate? and what about lighting and foliage?
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Lighting depends on what you want to put in the tank. Sand is the preferred substrate for a SW tank. You should look into the article section on this site for starting up a SW tank.
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Okay, i have two more question that is gsp specific as ive tried to look it up and i cant seem to find anything. 1) how much salt should i add into the tank and at what rate? like should i put just a small amount in every week? or month? and 2) what do they like in their tanks? live rock? anything like that?
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I don't know a lot about GSP. you will need to research that.
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