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Old 03-31-2014, 05:12 AM   #1
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Please help ! Beginner with 700 Gallon Tank!

Hello Everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my post . I am a beginner with tanks. I have had a 120 gallon freshwater tank that I got and have really enjoyed it but have always wanted saltwater because it is more exotic.

Today I traded something worth 2,500 for a 700 gallon tank with everything included ( sump, protein skimmer, fish, live rock, lights,coolers,lids, food....)

I have almost no idea what the sump and protein skimmer really do. I saw the tank and it is beautiful and its 700 high so i was hoping to put sharks or maybe an octopus or something exotic.

I have a person that comes and does my tank maintenance bi weekly. Currently he is charging me $ 50 for each visit for my 120 gallon and said that for another 50 per visit he would maintain my saltwater 700 gallon as well.

From what I have been told, startup is one of the biggest costs and fortunately this tank is established and I will be getting most of the water ( transported in barrels).

I wanted to ask you all, what are the typical maintenance costs for a saltwater tank? Do you think that for 200 a month bi weekly I am getting a good deal on both my 120 gallon freshwater and 700 gallon saltwater?

Any advice you could share would be much appreciated.

Thank You!
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:29 AM   #2
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Wow that's amazing - I would only dream of a tank that big! You said it comes with fish tho, do you know what they are? So it sounds like you leave all the care to your maintenance guy yeah? I would definitely be getting advice for adding livestock - off the bat I can say that an octopus is out, they do poorly in closed systems and I think are species only? Not sure though, their survival rate is as low as 6 months in home aquariums. You may be able to do a shark (depending on what already in there) there are a few people here who keep sharks, they will be able to give you more advice. Tell us what you have first and we can comment on suitable addition...
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Old 03-31-2014, 08:31 AM   #3
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Oh and I guess paying the guy that much to care for your tanks is reasonable, it sure takes a lot of knowledge and experience to keep a tank that big so in a way your paying for that. I assume he tests the water, cleans things and does a water change?
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What are the dimensions of this tank? Maintenance costs will vary, due to your stock list/ bio load and overall feeding habits during the week. Predators can foul the water pretty quickly.
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Old 03-31-2014, 09:37 AM   #5
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And make sure the maintenance person actually knows how to maintain saltwater. Much different than freshwater.
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My goodness - does it come with a life jacket on the side in case someone falls in? How do you even shift it?
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Old 03-31-2014, 12:41 PM   #7
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I would think that just the salt needed to do the routine water changes plus the RODI water (plus the time and equipment it would take to mix hundreds of gallons) would make $100 a month well worth it, if that is included. I absolutely agree that they need to know what they are doing if you are unclear about what to do.

Can't wait to hear dimensions...I still am thrilled by the size of my 240g every time I look at it. That is just about a water change for this monster.
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First, lets see this bad boy!!!

A 10% water change a week would be 70 gallons of water. Most buckets of salt produce what, 160 gallons? Basically you're going to go through 2 buckets a month so that cost alone is about $100 depending on the brand you're using.
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Please help ! Beginner with 700 Gallon Tank!

I operate about 600 gallons. Salt, electricity, food, maintenance and any upgrades or repairs, I spend about $200/month and I do my own maintenance. That doesn't include additional corals or fish.

I wouldn't do a shark tank, sounds cool, but with a square tank it isn't the best except for very small sharks, other than that, you can keep just about anything you're skilled enough to keep alive, except for the octopus. If it were me, this would be a tang tank.
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Are you from quebec ? I heard about a guy in Quebec that just bought a 700g reef tank...
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