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Old 04-18-2007, 05:30 AM   #1
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Hey everyone I'm new to the saltwater fish life, and I was wondering I want to buy like a small(10gallon tank) just to see if its something I would like to do, and to also see if I can take care of it so things will live, and I was wondering if how many fish and what kinda I should put in a small tank like that any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-18-2007, 06:39 AM   #2
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hi zanarc. and welcome.
first, what i would do is read some great articles that are provided up above. that will explaine alot of what it takes to care for any SW aquarium. their great god knows i have used them alot when i first started. lol and second i would try to go as large as your buget would provide. due to the fact that a larger tank is easier to care for then a smaller one.
and it would also depend on what u are looking to keep. just fish or fish only with live rock or mabey even a reef set up. i have see a 1/2 gallon reef set-up ( crazy ) lol
but i am no pro at SW yet but i am quickly learning and i am loving every day of it. but if u were just thinking of Fish i would have to say u could keep 1 or mabey 2 very small fish. mabey a clown (nemo) and some other small one like a globy. their both very hardy and great to learn with.
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Take a look at the articles at the top of the forum, like Frogspawn said. They'll help you initially understand what is required to keep and maintain a sw tank.

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=42920

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=76139

And finally http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...q=2&fldAuto=15 (info on cycling, which is very important)

That said, a 10 gallon is a tricky size as smaller tanks are generally harder to maintain than larger tank, because there is less room for error. If you can start out with something larger, that might help. Else give the articles a read over and see if you have any more specific questions.

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I'd add your email to your profile and remove it from the post (edit your post) to keep bots from scanning it and sending you spam.
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I agree with the above two posts. Bigger is definitely better.
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I always suggest starting with at least a 55 gallon. More water volume is better. That said you can do a smaller tank but they are much less forgiving if you have a problem. I think from your post that you are thinking about starting with a 10 gallon because you think it will be easier than the larger tanks. Remember that the smaller the tank the less forgiving it will be. Good Luck whichever way you go and check out our nano tank forum.
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Alright thanks for the advice and I will look into 55 gallon tank too.
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You will be much happier with a larger tank...there is more room for error and it gives you much more options for fish! 55 is a good place to start out. Read the articles as mentioned above also do some web searches for reef tanks and look at what people have done. I know that here on this site there are a lot of people who have 55s and if you go to about.com and do a search for reef tanks there is a nice set of photo albums setup by tank size to look at.

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My gallery has my 55G in it. Same tank as in my sig file.
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I talked to a guy that has like 16 years exp that said he would put together a 10 gallon for me so it would be well started all I would have to do is take care of the fish do you guys think that would be a smart idea or no? because size is also an issue right now.
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