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Old 08-04-2011, 05:28 PM   #1
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75-80G SW tank; desperately needing advice!

My mom wants a saltwater tank for her birthday and I'm very excited to get started! The stand I'm going to get her will support a 55-80 gallon tank, so I'm thinking of going for 75-80g range, since I've heard that bigger SW tanks are easier to maintain. I'm experienced with freshwater but a complete novice with saltwater! If you guys could give me some beginner advice that would be awesome. I know some of the basic supplies I'll need, but I'd love to hear your experience with certain brands and the prices of each. Since I am a broke college student I'd like to be as economical as possible while still having a great and efficient setup. My mom really wants a reef tank, but I know that's going to be a lot more difficult than a FOWLR.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:39 PM   #2
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I am sure lots of people will chip in with great advice but if not, send me a message and I will tell you what I know. The bad part is I don't know what I "DON'T" know. I have only been at this about three weeks. Let the experts help but if you don't hear anything I do what I can. Good Luck.
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help :>
I'm reading a ton of articles now..
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:00 PM   #4
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Hook up with Carey (that is her user name). She is extremely helpful.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:20 PM   #5
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Here's a basic list I put together of essentials and brand name products I saw recommended on this site and on others. Help me revise this list and tell me your experiences with certain products?

75-80G Tank
Tank Stand
Very high output fluorescent lighting (VHO)
Heater
Thermometer
Hydrometer
Seio Super Pump
Aragonite sand
Salt
Saltwater Master Test
Protein Skimmer (filter)
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:58 PM   #6
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Hi and welcome to the dark side lol here's some reading that will help get you off to a good start
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:02 PM   #7
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thanks for the articles!
Haha, more like the expensive side
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:03 PM   #8
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Welcome If you are going with reef than you need to get better lighting such as T5s or Metal Hallide. I'd go with T5 as it is cheaper. Oh and I'd use something such as pool filter sand which is like $10 for 50 pounds because Arganite can build up nitrates depending on the size of the grain.
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Sorry misspelled aragonite**
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Old 08-04-2011, 07:06 PM   #10
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I don't know if I'm going to go with a full reef at first. Probably mainly LR with a few low-light corals
Oh, thank god you can use PFS haha. That's what I have in my FW tanks and it is so wonderful.
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