Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
Old 04-04-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 3
Complete NOOB needs help!

Hello everyone! I'm looking to get my first SW tank I would like some advice. I'm planning on doing this slowly over the next year so I'm just starting to do my homework now. First the size of the tank, I don't want to go to small and regeret it in a year and spend the money to upgrade. I also don't want to go to big and be overwhelmed. I'm thinking around 90gallons. This is more than likely going to be a focal point in my home office. I will admit I am attracted to corner units but it seems you can get more corals and fish in a rectangular tank.

Also I know there are usually good deals on tanks on craigslist and that's probably where I am going to end up getting mine. How hard is to transport a tank that's already been cycled and operational. Would it be better to just get the tank and start 100% on my own? I'm fearful I will not have enough knowledge to keep the tank living.

Right now these are my two biggest questions. There will be many more to follow though

Thanks for any help provided and sorry for the long post

jt3611 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
Sliced Bread
neilanh's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 8,482
Welcome to AA!

90g is a great sized tank, especially for a beginner, so I think you'll be happy with that.

Getting a complete setup can be a good deal, and we can show you how to transport everything and what you'll need to do it safely and take maximum benefit from the fact that it's already cycled.

Start off by perusing the forums, especially the articles section. Pay close attention to the Nitrogen Cycle article especially, as this is critical info for a new tank.

In the DC Metro Area? Check out GWAPA and WAMAS
neilanh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-04-2009, 04:26 PM   #3
Thanx but no.....

Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 2,333
Unless your set on a 90 consider a 75. Same footprint but shorter in height. The extra height makes it a pain to clean and reach things at the bottom and in the bottom back (I have 2, well 1 and 1 in progress). The fish you can have are the same since it's a 48" foot print. Also 75's are easier to find and cheaper.

Something to think about
CaptainAhab is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-05-2009, 10:49 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice FINatic
mr86mister's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Syracuse,NY
Posts: 895
Send a message via AIM to mr86mister
I'm on my way to getting a 75 to upgrade from my 46 Bowfront soon. The 75 is shorter and easier to get to things on the bottom of the tank. Plus, if you want to go with corals. The shorter height brings lights closer to the actual corals to help with growth.
3 Gallon Betta, 14 Gallon BioCube Planted, 29 Gallon Community, 29 Gallon Parrot Cichlid/Pleco
46 Bowfront Reef Tank, 3 Cats, 1 Choc. Lab
mr86mister is offline   Reply With Quote

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[noob] I want a salty tank [/noob] jonjoyner83 Saltwater Reef Aquaria 10 01-09-2007 09:03 PM
Noob 2 this site, not a noob 2 fish keeping Lucas Member Introductions 5 02-21-2006 05:30 AM
complete noob. want to start a 10 gallon beginner tank mr funktastic Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 02-04-2006 07:21 PM
My Eco-Complete came complete with mrzap Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 11-12-2005 08:21 PM
help the noob methalorange Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 5 08-21-2004 10:29 AM

» Photo Contest Winners

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:01 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.