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Old 04-01-2012, 05:11 AM   #1
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Lightbulb 55Gal FW tank to LARGE SW Tank Help

i have a 55 gal Freshwater tank, i've had it for a couple months now, i know alot about it.. and IMO, seems like FW tank is REALLY easy and honestly kinda boring..
so TODAY i've been looking around at some Saltwater tanks...
budget is not an issue, trying to decide what size tank i should get... been thinking about this one...
Complete Aquarium Kits with Stands: Marineland Monterey Deep Dimension LED Super Systems

lowest i want is a 90gal tank and a max of 250gal.. so yea pretty big variable..
I know pretty much what i need to know about Freshwater tanks.. and again.. seems so easy and SIMPLe to take care of and was looking into a deeper challenge...
I love the different types of fish, coral reefs and looks alot more "natural" then freshwater habitats...
i've only had the freshwater tank for about 2-3 months really, with a ton of research on it... (got a good deal off of craigslist)

what things am i losing/gaining from a smaller or bigger tank..
any extra input would be great...
kind of a newb at saltwater tanks...would like also to know what are the Hardest part of maintaining... tips and advices would be great..
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Old 04-01-2012, 06:54 PM   #3
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what are some dis advantages/advantages from bigger/smaller tanks (90-150gl)
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:15 PM   #4
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The more water volume the easier to keep parameters consistent and the larger range of livestock that can be kept but with larger tanks means significantly more money with SW
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when you say significantly more money with SW, is it more to upkeep in general, or is it a one time thing...
how much would it generally be to KEEP UP a SW 150gal tank per month?
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:24 PM   #6
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Well that could vary alot but if its a fowlr then your looking at salt,water,and food for monthly upkeep (not counting power consumption) so maybe $60 a months roughly for normal upkeep...but if you get into a reef then there is periodical bulb replacements that get pricey real quick..once your setup it really isn't much to take care of the tank but the initial startup can be major if on large tanks due to the amount of rock,sand,salt,pumps, and lights(if you plan on a reef at some point which most people do)
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Good to know.. well im looking at this..
Complete Aquarium Kits with Stands: Marineland LED Standard Monterey Super Systems
are there any "downsides" to purchasing this?
(150 Gallon XH Reef Capable LED, CD-75572)

any other major thing i would need or you guys advise on me getting?
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If you end up with a FOWLR, then it will be pretty easy and simple like a FW tank.

If you want something challenging, then do a reef or high-lighted planted FW tank.
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I'm also considering this marineland setup....any folks that have it would appreciate your thoughts....
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Yea, im looking for a reef tank
any things im missing if i get the tank above?
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