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Old 03-05-2009, 06:44 PM   #1
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55 Gallon or 120 gallon help me decied

OKs I am ready to purchase my tank? Both the 120 and 55 gallon are used. They both come kitted out so I can get on with my build. This will be my first build. Should I stay with a smaller 55 gallon or go with the 120.
I am concerned that the 120 may be to big for my first build. I am going to be setting up this as reef system.

So please lets hear your suggestions. Remember this will be my very first Saltwater build and I want to do a reef system. Starting with FOWLR then progressing to reefs.
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I look at it this way.. if you have the funds to go with a 120.. go 120.. it will be more forgiving as far as water parameters will go.. more maitenence... but more enjoyable...... if you have about 2-3k to set into a 120.. for a reef tank.. go for it..
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I agree...unless you are a little person...and maintenance means going swimming..lol
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I agree...unless you are a little person...and maintenance means going swimming..lol
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Keep in mind that this isn't a cheap hobby. Moving from a 4ft to a 6ft will have a $$ impact on your startup costs (unless they come with everything, lighting/LR/Skimmer/heaters/etc).

While bigger is better from an ongoing maintenance/stability perspective not to mention those that stick with the hobby will generally upgrade to a 6ft tank, the startup costs can be quite dramatic.
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If cost isn't an issue, go with the 120. Because, if you don't, after about 6 months you'll be hitting yourself if you dont. But, the price difference for startup costs (if it's not fully complete) will be a big impact.
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Many SW fish require 70 to 100 gallon aquariums. Blue and Yellow Tangs for example.

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Like everyone said go with 120 if cost is not important the more water volume for a reef tank the healthier the reef because your water parameters will not change as quickly. Plus like ezy said more room for bigger fish now i have a yellow tang in my tank yea but its not recomended some say go for it some say its to small everyone has diffrent oppions i think they need 75 but i wanted the fish lol but yea go with the 120 just be prepared to invest alot of money in filling it up with live stock.
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