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Old 09-03-2013, 12:57 AM   #51
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For those who would like to start the first salt water tank, I would recommend a nano tank (20 to 30 gal). The reason is, it is smaller or compact but has the essentials needed to maintain a salt water tank. You can start with fish only but you can later have corals. I would say that the hard part is, having patience for 2 to 4 weeks before you can add fish after it has cycled.
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Old 09-03-2013, 01:01 AM   #52
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For those who would like to start the first salt water tank, I would recommend a nano tank (20 to 30 gal). The reason is, it is smaller or compact but has the essentials needed to maintain a salt water tank. You can start with fish only but you can later have corals.
Smaller tanks are usually harder to maintain and keep consistant water quality.
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That's how they should learn. With lesser volume of water to deal with, you have less maintainance cost. Fish is more forgiving than corals when it comes to water quality.
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For those who would like to start the first salt water tank, I would recommend a nano tank (20 to 30 gal). The reason is, it is smaller or compact but has the essentials needed to maintain a salt water tank. You can start with fish only but you can later have corals. I would say that the hard part is, having patience for 2 to 4 weeks before you can add fish after it has cycled.
I agree, if you can keep a small tank like that stable, than a larger tank will be easy. And plus, the water changes wouldn't be so labor intensive. couple hardy fish and on your way!
Give it a shot, if you have the passion for it, you will succeed!
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I agree, if you can keep a small tank like that stable, than a larger tank will be easy. And plus, the water changes wouldn't be so labor intensive. couple hardy fish and on your way!
Give it a shot, if you have the passion for it, you will succeed!
A small tank can be hard(er), but only if you don't take your time and keep on top of things. Rushing the setup will lead to disaster. Neglecting top-off and salinity checks will do the same. In my 20, I check salinity every other day and top off as needed (though I will be getting an ATO this week). I do weekly PWCs, checking and logging all parameters so that I can see how things shift over time.
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My first SW tank is a 35 gal. I still have all my original fish (knock on wood). So it is do-able.
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It's absolutely doable. If it weren't, we wouldn't be here telling you otherwise

Also, here are a couple of good books for starters:
Marine Aquarium Handbook: Beginner to Breeder by Martin A. Moe | 9780982026212 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Nano-Reef Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Reef Systems under 15 Gallons by Chris R. Brightwell | 9780793807178 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
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My first SW tank is a 35 gal. I still have all my original fish (knock on wood). So it is do-able.
Mines a 36g bow front and I still have all my original stock (knock on wood) and I've picked up on maintenance and parameters fairly quick do to the tank size.
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Mines a 36g bow front and I still have all my original stock (knock on wood) and I've picked up on maintenance and parameters fairly quick do to the tank size.
What do you think? Would you call it "hard"?
I think it all has to do with dedication.
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