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Old 06-05-2004, 01:41 PM   #1
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I want to start a marine tank, but what would I need in terms of filtration, decor, coral, and water quality? Also, what are some good fish to start with?
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Old 06-05-2004, 02:02 PM   #2
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1. READ, READ, READ!
2. Decide what tank size you want, can afford, and will fit where you want it. Some say a 29g is a good starter sw tank. I started 75g.

Post back and we can go from there. The questions you asked are dependent on your tank size.

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Old 06-05-2004, 02:32 PM   #3
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Yup, as revhtree said, you need to get yourself a book. The answers to your question are way beyond the scope of a reply in this thread. There's just too many different possibilities.

Check the library link at the top of the page for some suggested texts.
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Get ready to spend a lot of money on your tank and a lot of time with your tank. I've spent upwards of $2000 on my 80 gal and I'm still not done yet.
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i am also just starting a new salt water tank. learn how to cure live rock thats ill all say so not to confuse you. but a very good place to go is http://www.aquariumarts.com/liverock.html i highly recomend this site it is very informational print and comprehend this
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The basic setup, heater, no lighting, some power heads, and a basic filter(Hob or canister) you will be able to keep fish only. Damsels and some clown are relatively hardy
Add a skimmer better lighting and more phs you could add live rock
add a sump and fuge you could keep some corals
with better (MH) light you could keep most things
as the list goes down higher water quality is required
The question you need to ask yourself is "what do I want the tank to look like when I"m done?" Then Reasearch the needs of the specimins you want and design the system around that.
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Old 06-05-2004, 07:53 PM   #7
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you can also save a lot of money by investiong into a do it yourself wet/dry. ive heard a lot of people recomending it for salt water without LR. i myself am going with LR and no filter at all just Powerheads and Live sand that i made while curing LR.
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I would be sure and wait a good month before you purchase your tank. during that time you can read, read, read.

Research is the most important, and most overlooked aspect of this hobby.
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i agree just look on the net go to this site it has the top 250 or so aquarium sites they may help

http://www.aquarank.com/index.php

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I just want to reiterate that the best research at this point is still a book, and not the internet which is only useful once you've gained a reasonable amount of knowledge and therefore are able to distinguish between good and bad information

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