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Old 01-27-2016, 06:35 PM   #11
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To me sand is more attractive than bare bottom.

Same.

But I have seen some beautiful barebottom ones where the bottom glass was painted black.


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Old 01-27-2016, 07:21 PM   #12
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I'm with you guys. Prefer the look of sand on the bottom. Not a deep bed, just like the bottom covered.


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Old 01-27-2016, 08:57 PM   #13
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Thanks a lot for the input. I definitely like the look of sand more but is it more to maintain?



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Old 01-27-2016, 09:58 PM   #14
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Also, I am struggling deciding on the size of a tank. I was thinking the 55 gallon but I am starting to think smaller bc of budget constraints. Also, is an RO machine and protein skimmer essential for a reef aquarium? (I'm asking bc it is also a budget concern. These are not cheap items)



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I'd definitely get an rodi machine and skimmer for a reef tank. I'd go with a 40 breeder over a 55 though, better dimensions.


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Old 01-27-2016, 11:13 PM   #17
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I think a shallow sand bed is pretty easy to maintain. Plus with sand you will see all kinds of "critters" emerge.


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Old 01-29-2016, 07:48 PM   #18
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Update: I bit the bullet and bought a 36 gallon starter aquarium!!! So excited to begin.



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Congrats. Keep us posted.


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My new tank is up and running. Now to cycle and wait.



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