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Old 05-21-2012, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hello, I am new to salt water and wondering what is involed before I jump in. I have located a 30gal. tank. Help pleaseeeee!
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Start here lots of tips and guide lines. Articles
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:59 PM   #3
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All I really gathered is to get an ro/di. Is it nessasary? I keep freshwater and all I do is add prime.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:24 AM   #4
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Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank.

Read more starter guides when googling. Post when you have a specific question.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:32 PM   #5
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sorry didn't mean to hastle anyone....just figured someone could quickly tell me its 3 times more expensive or you dont need much more....its easier for me to learn by talking to someone instead of reading a write up. I must have mistakin this as a getting started thread....once again I apologize.
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5gal. Chi/10gal.-1 male halfmoon betta & Gold Mystery Snail.Planted.
90gal. Mbuna cichlid tank
40b SW- 2 false percula, some corals and a small cuc
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
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You are correct, ask away

Yes you need rodi water! :0 you can get a cheap 60 dollar system, or buy it from the lfs every week. Its very cheap there
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An RO/DI system will help prevent early issues with algae taking over your tank from the excess nutrients in your water. Having this setup will then save you a ton of money in the long run as, even though it can be cheap, buying DI water can get expensive. I'd rather pay 30 cents per gallon, if that, compared to over a dollar.

For any other assistance, are you planning on going with a fish only setup or looking for future reef? The choice will state the rest of our answers.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:49 PM   #8
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I was leaning towards fish only just out of thought it would be simpler to do....I guess I could be off?
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Congratulations! You just won the saltwater game. You can use stock lighting, don't require a sump, fuge, skimmer, or anything else overly expensive. Research live rock and find some, or dry macro rock, for your tank and some sand. Add a small powerhead for some flow and you win. The rest can easily be answered by the articles listed above. While you cycle your tank, you can research what livestock you'd like in your 30 gal.

The only downfall here is that you will find many fish you wish you could have but require a much larger tank. Whatever you do, don't look into any corals or you will be hooked and require all of the things you don't need. Lol.
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Old 05-22-2012, 05:57 PM   #10
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Advice taken! All I wanted was my 15 gal. hex with a few fish. Now I got the 15 gal., a 10 gal, and looking into a sw tank haha. I might go bigger on the tank just to avoid future regret!
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