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Old 02-26-2009, 09:58 AM   #1
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Saltwater Reef Tank vrs Saltwater Fish Tank

Ok forgive me for this question but I am relativly new to the saltwater tank world.

What is the difference between Saltware Reef and Saltwater Fish tank. I had thought that the saltwater fish require some reef for there survival?

What is the difference in the tank set up, Filtration, lighting etc...

IM new to this and have plans to put an inwall tank in my basement. Im starting from scratch both the wall and the tank are not built yet and i want to ensure I get things right from the start. Thanks all!!!
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:25 AM   #2
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Both setups normally have Rock with form a reef look.

Fish Only Tank will have Live Rock

A Reef tank will have Live Rock along with Living Corals
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Old 02-26-2009, 10:35 AM   #3
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Ok.. so What exactly are living Corals? I thought those grow on the live rock... over time of course.
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Well... I guess some LiveRock purchased will contain some Corals (mine did NOT). But most desirable corals will be removed before the rock is sold.

So, I guess if you happen to get some liverock with a mushroom or sponge on it, then youll have a reef tank too. However, the corals I'm referring to are the colorful ones we all add to our tank once it's established.

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Old 02-26-2009, 10:53 AM   #5
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The FOWLR tank predominantly concentrates on the display of saltwater fish. As such it is a much more forgiving environment as compared to the true reef tank. Lighting requirements, water quality, water chemistry, filtration and flow are much more demanding in the true reef tank. There are several different categories of corals that each have different lighting requirements.

The reef tank focuses much more on coral rather than fish (plus your fish selection is limited to those species that won't eat your expensive coral).

Many of us end up with the hybrid. FOWLR with 'reef' inhabitants that will survive based the equipment and fish/inverts we have in out FOWLR tanks.

The hobby progression is typically freshwater - saltwater FOWLR - saltwater reef. With each becoming more advanced, difficult and expensive.
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Captain puts it perfectly. Many aquariums conatin NO corals at all (like mine). The cost is prohibitive for many people, and this is no shame as they can be very pricey not only to purchase, but to maintain (think about your utility bill for the lighting requirements). My local shop sells corals at about $100 to start! It is, to me, a big leap. If you are starting out, do only live rock for now. When your tank (and you) have more time and experience under your belt, then invest in a coral. otherwise, you may be investing hundreds into something that will die in your tank.

Along the lines of this post...does anyone know a good "starter" coral for the newb to corals? Presently, my tank is only live rock. I feel ready to take on the additional responisibilities of the coral world. I've been eyeing a Green Leather Coral (aquacultured). Do corals count for bioload in my tank?

Thanks, and I hope I didn't "hijack" this thread.
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Ok, now I understand... Thank you!!!

So I presume for someone new to this like myself, i should start off with a Saltwater FOWLR and most likely let it grow into a hybrid... Im new and will be starting with a 90-120 Gallon Tank.. not sure which one would be best for me. I will be building this into a wall in my basement, the wall and tank will be all from scratch as I am in the middle of finishing the bastment. Any suggestions?
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All things considered the 120 would be better. The 90G (I have 1, now 2) is a 4ft foot print. By moving to a 120 (I presume 125) you get a 6 foot long tank. Trust me, the kind of fish your going to gravitate to (tangs, triggers, etc) love (some say require) the extra lateral swimming space.

The other side is that the lighting is more expensive (4 vs 6), filtration, etc.

Planning on a sump for filtration? More equipment. and on and on
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I have just started my tank as well. I was given the good advice of starting with a end in mind.

If you are going to want corals eventually it will impact the fish you choose to buy unless you want to sell your fish back or risk getting your corals nipped at.

I do want corals at some point so I decided to only get "REEF SAFE" fish
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