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Old 04-20-2013, 11:25 AM   #1
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First saltwater reef tank … help

So I've done plenty of freshwater fish and planted tanks, but now want to venture into saltwater reef tanks but have no idea how of where to start I have a 125 gallon aquarium so any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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Salt water tanks are very expensive to set up and maintain compared to fresh water, but are a lot more rewarding. I'm same as you only has my tank a few months but bought second hand after it had been set up for 3 years so cheated abit. I no the light has to be upgraded, need at least 2 power heads, uv steriliser, protein skimmer and a good filter. Get as much live rock as you can.

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I'd start with some live sand and rock and a good filter and a couple of powerheads you can build onto it from there. There's a lot more stuff you can use but you can add it later such as an ro unit ,skimmer, heater, etc.
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People telling you what you need and yet you haven't said what you want.

2 basic saltwater setups: Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) and
Reef ( corals and fish)

Then there is also predator tanks with cool but agressive fish (eg. Lionfish) but that don't play nice with corals ( unless eating corals is nice).

Once you've decided that, then you can begin the road to equipment.

UV sterilizers are definately NOT a requirement. Personally, I don't have one and have strong opinions on this. Many others don't either, but then again many others do.

The biggest equipment decision on equipment I believe to be the addition of a sump. It can do cosmetic things like moving other equipment out of the display tank (DT) as well as house more rocks. But the most important thing (other than a skimmer, but that is covered in equipment) is the addition of chaeto into the sump. Fish won't eat it there and it will consume nitrates and even phosphates.

Here is a link to the getting started articles that doesn't show up on the phone.

We have a series of articles to help get you started

Good luck. Keep asking
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