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Old 05-17-2011, 02:52 AM   #1
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minimum size tank for a salt water tank

what do you think would be the minimum tank size for a salt water tank.
i have a 45 gallon, would this be good enough
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Old 05-17-2011, 04:06 AM   #2
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many people have 2.5 gallon tanks and smaller...
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Old 05-17-2011, 06:47 AM   #3
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i wouldn't put any fish in a 2.5 gallon though. thats way to small for any fish to be happy in
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:28 AM   #4
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So what size should I use?
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Old 05-17-2011, 08:30 AM   #5
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Use your 45, that'll be just fine. You could go with a smaller tank, but bigger is better
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:52 AM   #6
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The 45 is a good size to start with it is big enough that you have a margin of error that you won't have in a smaller tank. Research the fish you might want then decide if it is big enough.
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If done right the 45 is fine. Here is a pic of my 45 reef:
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:37 AM   #8
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Yep, I agree a 45 would be a nice starter tank to feel it all out. I just bet you'll want a bigger one before long. LOL
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Yes he will eventually want a bigger tank, then the mts sets in. Lol, there is no right or wrong answer to the question posed. Some people prefer nano, or even pico tanks, but it all depends on what you want to keep. That being said, your 45 is perfect for a first tank, you could build it for an economical figure and keep some fish, then determine if its a hobby you really enjoy and move up or down accordingly. Remember, the smaller you go, the more difficult the system is, because it is easy to cause large swings in your parameters. Always research livestock before you buy it, to make sure it is suitable for your system.Welcome to the hobby!
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Old 05-17-2011, 10:51 AM   #10
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If done right the 45 is fine. Here is a pic of my 45 reef:
Absolutely beautiful tank.
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