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Old 05-17-2011, 05:54 PM   #21
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I would go with the 45 gallon tank. It`s better to go with as big as possibe on your first SW tank. Once you get so you are OK with that then maybe go with a smaller tank. More water volume is always more forgiving when issues arise in your tank. That`s why I say that nano`s are better for experienced folks but that`s my opinion.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:59 PM   #22
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i say smaller is a better to learn on, since problems arise quicker, it requires mroe attention and care, so its better for learning on them so when you do go to somethign bigger and more expensive you take your time carign for it and know what to look for before things tend to get serious.

45gallons is a good size beginner tank and i'd recommend that over soemthing liek a 75 gallon any day.
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:06 PM   #23
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I think a 45g would be fine to learn on. I learned on a 29g and it was alot of work. Then again, I was super paranoid all the time.

I think if she goes with the 45g setup she'll pick another tank to mess with, I say she'll go smaller. That's my prediction for the future!!

I went from 29, to 55g, to 29g, to 10g to 125g. hehe
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already has a 45 gallon so no going smaller :P
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:11 PM   #25
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harder to maintain yes but you also learn how to maintain it and its not as expensive to learn on a smaller one

Trust me, I started out with -and still only have- a 14G, IMO nanos aren't as hard as everyone makes them out to be, but I don't want someone having problems and quitting the hobby because I told them that
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:16 PM   #26
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Trust me, I started out with -and still only have- a 14G, IMO nanos aren't as hard as everyone makes them out to be, but I don't want someone having problems and quitting the hobby because I told them that
That`s it. I`m quitting. LOL. Nano`s can be done no doubt about it. I dont want anyone to think it cant be done. I`m just saying that added water volume is a plus if problems arise.
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lol i know its not i have myself a little 26gallon and i've never had any issues with it, just saying i think a smaller is better for learning but maybe i'm the only crazy one that thinks so
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lol i know its not i have myself a little 26gallon and i've never had any issues with it, just saying i think a smaller is better for learning but maybe i'm the only crazy one that thinks so

I completely agree with you, you're just crazy enough to tell people that LOL
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you don't get into a hobby thinking its going to be easy as pie, you always run into problems and then you search for answers and learn to solve these problems and what causes them so you don't do it the next time
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If done right the 45 is fine. Here is a pic of my 45 reef:
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