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Old 10-05-2006, 08:27 PM   #11
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I didn't find my 20 gallon tank to be that difficult. I did 20 gallons for my first tank because I could not afford the cost of the live rock and such for a larger tank. This is an experiment for me....a launching pad. If this goes well, I will upgrade.

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Old 10-05-2006, 09:03 PM   #12
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I started with a 10g, then went to a 29g, 55g, and finally my 150g. I didn't have a lot of resources when I first started so I learned a lot by trial and error. Fortunately for I had the money to upgrade several times as I learned more and things became available to me. All of my tanks were built on budgets too.

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Old 10-05-2006, 11:37 PM   #13
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Argh sorry to stir things up. Don't get me wrong I was a nano freak myself so don't take this too seriously and I am definitely not against nano tank.

May be I will need to rephrase it to only if you could afford get the bigger tank possible in the first place. That way it could save you a fortune. Also ignore this if you are a nano fan because I know some people would like to keep thing small and simple and cute.... perhaps?
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Old 10-06-2006, 12:27 AM   #14
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I think that many people get a nano(even if they could afford bigger) because they have a misconception that it is easier.

I started with a 30 and wish I started bigger. I already want to upgrade.

On the flip side, once I get some experience under my belt, I would love to do a small sea horse tank.
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Stop talking and show me. I want to see some pics

I got close ups too!
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Old 10-06-2006, 07:27 PM   #16
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I`m not much of a nano guy but that`s a nice tank. Good Work.
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Old 10-07-2006, 07:18 PM   #18
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i got a nano because i move around alot and only plan on being where i am for about another 9 months or so, anyone have much experience moving their tanks, nano or otherwise?
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Old 10-07-2006, 07:24 PM   #19
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I have moved my tank before as you see it, with no crashes!
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:04 AM   #20
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My first SW tank is a nano, 5 gallon...

I went with a very nano tank becuase...

I am in college, I live in apartment style campus housing. And this is my 4thtank....I have 75 and 2 10s, all freshwater. I wanted saltwater, couldnt convert the 75 for less than 500 bucks, and the 10s are breeding tanks.

trust me though, I already want another 75 to do saltwater with...

I started with fish a year ago in a 10 gallon. 2 months later, I added a 29 gallon. I moved a month later, and added a 5 gallon. I moved 3 months later to my current apartment, and since i should be in here for the next 2 years, got the 75, lost the fish in the 5 gallon, converted it to a holding tank fora bit, got another 10 gallon for breeding feeders for the 75...that plan still isnt paying off yet :/ have gotten 2 bad batches of guippies from differant LFSs Decided to convert the 5 to salt, I have live rock in it right now, getting clean up crew in 6 days, fish 2 weeks after that if cycle goes well.

I would at least recommend that anyone who is starting with saltwater to get a 29 gallon tank, or larger. larger is always easier, but costlier...until you start getting small...that can cost a bit as well :/ but larger is easier, and a 29 is a good balance of size/effort/cost. Not too expensive, large selection for livestock including corals, and enough water so that minor mistakes wont be deadly. For freshwater starters, would recommend a 20g high prolly, maybe a 10 gallon or even as large as a 29 there.

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