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Old 07-29-2004, 12:28 PM   #11
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I'm going to disagree with malkore. Yes you can use the tank as a sump, but there is giong to be a lot of equipment you can not reuse.

I bought a used aquarium with all the freshwater equipment. The only thing I was able to reuse was the tank and the light. I have a fowlr right now. Giong to upgrade lights soon. So really if you want corals the only thing would be the tank.

SW is really not that much more difficult than fw. Yes more water parameters to check but that is part of the fun. Check out the fish and corals. Make up your mind about sw or fw, THEN READ READ READ and ASK QUESTIONS.
While I think you certainly can start with SW, I tend to agree with Malkore. I started out with a 10 gal FW, then moved to 29 gal, then 55 gal, and finally a 75 gal SW. I have to say that I learned things with each progressive tank that helped and led to the next. Of course, I didn't do this with the intention of going SW, it just sort of happened that way.
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Old 07-29-2004, 01:13 PM   #12
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I think Im gonna follow your route and go FW first. I dont want to make an expensive mistake with SW and lose what I get because I dont know enough. I think Im going to go out and buy a tank (maybe a kit) today and start setting it up with FW.
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I think Im gonna follow your route and go FW first. I dont want to make an expensive mistake with SW and lose what I get because I dont know enough. I think Im going to go out and buy a tank (maybe a kit) today and start setting it up with FW.
The same advice applies - decide what you want before buying a tank and do some reading. You don't have to devour a library; just get a good starter book at Barnes and Nobel and find out the basics. You'd be amazed at how little some of the people at these pet stores know about fish - especially the Petco, Petsmart type stores IME. A few bad words of advice can cost you money, time, and livestock. If you go in armed with accurate information, you will be much more likely to have success from the start. Spend some time in the Fresh Water forums too - listen to Allivmar; she really knows her stuff.
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Old 07-29-2004, 02:13 PM   #14
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another idea, since it seems you've decided on freshwater, is to check out the different types of FW fish that are being sold. it can give you a starting point for your research becuase i know it can be confusing when trying to decide on what to research/what book to buy or rent from the library (because there are soooo many!). maybe check out liveaquaria.com and see what types of fish you might like to research. i like this site because they mention the types of perameters specific fish like, if they like to school or not, how big they will get, etc... and then go find a local fish store that you can trust. good luck and have fun with it!!!


ps- don't pay too much attention to the prices on liveaquaria, you might find the fish to be cheaper or more expensive at your LFS... just use it as a reference to see what type of fish you might want to have
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