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Old 07-06-2013, 11:51 AM   #1
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Just curious about starting up a SW tank

I'm not starting a SW tank right now, but hopefully I will be in the future. I'm curious about how they work. How do you cycle these tank or grow live coral in them? How big should they be?

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Here are very basic answers:
1. A tank cycles when waste decomposes creating ammonia which turns to nitrite then nitrate.

2. Corals grow by photosynthesis. They are not plants though. Confused? They are animals, but they have a symbiotic relationship with a microscopic algae. More info to answer your questions.

3. How big the tank depends on how big your wallet it 30 is a great starter since there are so many options. The bigger the water volume, the less concentrated your mistakes will be.

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