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Old 02-05-2016, 11:47 AM   #11
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Everyone says bigger tanks are more forgiving for beginners which is true in a lot of ways. It takes more to pollute a big tank and it takes longer for parameters to change. You have more cushion which is nice for starting because you may not have good routines yet. But then you have to consider start up and maintenance.

My personal opinion is a 30 gallon is a great place to start. Or the range of 30-55gal. The money to start isn't high. You don't need amazing equipment. The tank will require you to maybe maintain it a little more but no matter the size you'll have to get these good routines in place to have stability and success.
Which in the end how you take care of the tank...big or small is going to determine if it's successful.


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Everyone says bigger tanks are more forgiving for beginners which is true in a lot of ways. It takes more to pollute a big tank and it takes longer for parameters to change. You have more cushion which is nice for starting because you may not have good routines yet. But then you have to consider start up and maintenance.

My personal opinion is a 30 gallon is a great place to start. Or the range of 30-55gal. The money to start isn't high. You don't need amazing equipment. The tank will require you to maybe maintain it a little more but no matter the size you'll have to get these good routines in place to have stability and success.
Which in the end how you take care of the tank...big or small is going to determine if it's successful.


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Thank you for all of the helpful insight. Do you think I would be able to have a nice reef tank with a 30-55g tank or should I not even bother?
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Yes you can definitely have a really nice reef tank in those size tanks.


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Old 02-05-2016, 02:01 PM   #14
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Yes you can definitely have a really nice reef tank in those size tanks.


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Awesome! I'm very excited to see what I can do
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Oh wow you expanded rather quickly then! That's great! What are the dimensions of the 120g? Do you have any pictures?
It's 24"wide 4'long x 24'high I have a picture of the 50 gallon next to the 120 before we changed it out. I bought it the 120 for $350.00 on Craigslist. I sold all the equipment is didn't need and made my money back. The guy had a high end sterilizer amongst other stuff

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It's 24"wide 4'long x 24'high I have a picture of the 50 gallon next to the 120 before we changed it out. I bought it the 120 for $350.00 on Craigslist. I sold all the equipment is didn't need and made my money back. The guy had a high end sterilizer amongst other stuff

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Oh wow the 50g looks so small. That looks like a really nice size tank. You can do a lot with that
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I'm so happy with the larger tank. It was intimidating but I got past it. It is much easier to maintain

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For a good starter a 40breeder is perfect nice foot print and nice size , even if you decided to stay with that size yo do a lot with them
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For a good starter a 40breeder is perfect nice foot print and nice size , even if you decided to stay with that size yo do a lot with them

Would I be able to do FOWLR with clowns and other fish of that nature or should I do a bigger tank if I'm planning on doing that?
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I'm so happy with the larger tank. It was intimidating but I got past it. It is much easier to maintain

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I'm sure it's very rewarding I'm just not sure if I have the room for it because it does take up some room ugh :/
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