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Old 08-18-2012, 11:30 PM   #1
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Dont Laugh! I can Possibly maybe almost could probably make an attempt a SW!

Title says it all (and a bit more besides). After 6 years of staying solely in the FW department, im thinking of trying out saltwater. Which i know next to nothing abou. Whats a sump? and whats a proein skimmer?

Since im hoping to share this tank with my whole family, i have to deal with 2 tiny children who are dead set on gettin a 150 billion gallon tank with lionfish, clownfish, sea stars, coral, great white sharks, and giant squids.

Now, slow down a bit cowboys, but we probably arent getting 150 billion gallons. or sharks. but probably giant squids...

No, seriously, im thinking of a small 29 gallon reef. Ithink. I hope. ARGH!!! It seems I hav no obvious question. So this is it.

-Id like to improve my knowlede of sw tanks. Please give me any beginner advice, common sense, or even good luck rituals.

-Also, plese let me know some good starter reef/ sw fish, and if reefs are even a good idea for a newbie.

-and finally, will something like a biocube do? Ive heard a bit about them and am in the market for a square shape...

After having a year pass since i last got a tank, the folks are letting me get another tank. And id really like to ty saltwater and not another FW. Ive got 8. And i love each of them, but with salwater yo have a bunch more options

Lastly iapologize for every typo. my keybard is garbage lately.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:45 AM   #2
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Read as much as you can, lots of helpful info here. My advice get as large a tank as you can Articles
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:01 AM   #3
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It helps to decide what fish you want then decide on the size of tank. Do you want a reef tank with corals or just a tank with sand and rock? Read as much as you can before deciding what you want then start saving, it is better to buy something once than buying to 2 or 3 times to upgrade what you really want.

Three things you will need is patience, refractometer and a good test kit to start with and money!
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:13 AM   #4
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Well, i was at the LFS the other day, and was blown away by the coral. I mean, i havent really looked at them, but honestly they're just spectacular. So yeah, id love a reef. Also maybe a clownfish or 2. And a flame angel i think its called? I also love shrimp, so maybe a couple scarlet skunk shrimp. And definitely a starfish. That's about all i really know about SW, and all i really want... Are these guys all compatible?
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #5
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Oops, not a flame angel a pygmy angel. hehe sorry bout that.
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Angels are known to nip at corals. Dwarfs not as much but still do occasionally. The rest will work together.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:57 AM   #7
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Get a biocube. They come with most everything u need. They look nice and I think are great for beginners. With upgraded lighting u could also have quite a few corals
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Get a biocube. They come with most everything u need. They look nice and I think are great for beginners. With upgraded lighting u could also have quite a few corals
^^^^ I'd say this... Trust me! With a few nice mods

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I agree if you wanna jump right in and get started BCs are great but there's something about starting from scratch and ending up with a chunk of the ocean in your home that's just satisfying lol
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Id probably have gone BC if I didn't already have a 30g lol.
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