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Old 01-24-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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I am Jessica and am highly interested In Beginning a reef aquarium in the very near future. I am still in the research phase. I want to begin with 5-6 fish, some inverts, and some soft corals. I have my eye set on a 60 gallon tank to begin. I have been reading and have heard some confusing information on what type of equipment to use for a larger tank. I hear hang on back filters are good for smaller tanks but I am unsure about larger tanks. Any information you can give me on proper equipment and tank size would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 01-24-2016, 05:14 PM   #2
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Also from you more experienced people, what brands of aquariums and equipment have you had the best experience with?



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I would definitely get a reef ready with a built in overflow so you can do a sump.


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Thanks a lot for the help



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remember everything in saltwater you should do slow rushing causes nothing but issues

this article should help you understand step 1 cycling

Cycle your salt tank - Aquarium Advice

once you finish through your cycle you will be ready for step 2 livestock
remember add livestock slowly over time , be sure the fish you choose are compatible
and will fit in a tank your size and are reef safe live aquara has a good selection of nano fish , but since you have a bigger tank you can add 1 or 2 bigger fish but worry about that once you get there

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Very helpful articles. The raw shrimp idea for cycling is brilliant



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Very helpful articles. The raw shrimp idea for cycling is brilliant



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I actually did that method for my saltwater tank and it worked well. Just make sure it's in the pantyhose or you will have a mess


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You could also do live rock. I used live rock in both of my reef tanks and they cycled in under 3 weeks. Agree with others pertaining to stocking though. Go slow to ensure success.


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For your first aquarium would get sand or no sand?



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To me sand is more attractive than bare bottom.
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