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Old 01-27-2006, 01:56 PM   #1
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HOORAY! 46 gallon aquarium!

I have been looking for an aquarium to start my new saltwater tank, and my eyes almost popped yesterday! I was walking through Wal-Mart, and there was a brand new All-Glass Aquarium, 46-gallon bow front with a nice stand and hood included for $198! Now, don't worry, I am not going to buy any componentry at Wal-Mart, but I couldn't pass a deal like that up...the same setup is $449 at Petco right now!

So anyway, I have a month or two to save before I start buying filters, heaters, etc...I am curious to ask, just so that I make sure I leave enough room behind the aquarium, what will I need bare minimum to get started with saltwater? And once I have it set up, what will I need to maintain it? I have a small 10 gallon saltwater aquarium that is going very nicely right now that will be my quarantine eventually.

Here is what I have so far to buy:
Substrate (haven't decided sand or crushed coral)
Live Rock (30 to 45 pounds)
Filter (Penguin 350?)
Heater
Protein Skimmer

And of course fish, but I can still go many ways with that...what is your opinion of other components that I might need? Any hints?
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46 Gallon (Saltwater): 60 pounds Lalo Live Rock, 60 pounds aragonite sand, 1 Coral Beauty Angelfish, 1 Peppermint Shrimp, 1 Mushroom Coral, 1 Emerald Crab, various snails and hermit crabs.

10 Gallon (Saltwater quarantine):
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Old 01-27-2006, 02:40 PM   #2
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I sould go with sand (Wish I had this forum before i blew my money)
I will be switching to sand myself soon

Power heads?
Lighting? Will it be FOWLR or Reef
I am sure Brenden or any of the other advisors will jump in on this one.
I just figured to ask the most obvious
Good luck and keep us posted on your progress
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Old 01-27-2006, 03:00 PM   #3
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Hmmm...I guess for right now and until I gain some experience and feel comfortable, I will be going FOWLR. I'd like to keep my options open for going reef in the future (some of those polyps REALLY intrigue me), but for now, I'd like to keep it fairly simple. Is there a way to go FOWLR and leave your options open for reef down the road?

What are the advantages/disadvantages of going with live sand versus crushed coral?
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CC is more maintenance and can be a nitrate factory according to what I have seen in other areas of this forum.

From what I have seen in numerous other posts the general concensous is live sand is the best for a SW tank.
Something like a 3 inch bed seems to be the norm.
I do think there is a calculator http://www.aquariumadvice.com/calcs2.php?type=sanddepth

Here is the link to a couple posts referencing live sand and CC
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...ight=live+sand
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...ight=live+sand
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...461&highlight=
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CC is more maintenance and can be a nitrate factory according to what I have seen in other areas of this forum.

From what I have seen in numerous other posts the general concensous is live sand is the best for a SW tank.
Something like a 3 inch bed seems to be the norm.
I do think there is a calculator http://www.aquariumadvice.com/calcs2.php?type=sanddepth

Here is the link to a couple posts referencing live sand and CC
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...ight=live+sand
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...ight=live+sand
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...461&highlight=
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