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Old 10-27-2012, 02:08 AM   #1
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Hey I'm just figuring out how to work this,so go easy on me.

I am mostly a reptile person but I have been getting into fish. I want to make a 20 gallon saltwater so everything is helpfull
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:40 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA! It would be tedious and confusing to just feed information about saltwater. Really suggest researching from reliable sources like there are some good basic AA articles, etc. If you have any specific questions would have no problem helping answering it (and I'm sure others will be glad to also).
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:59 AM   #4
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Ok dumb question.fw snails tend to leave more waste than they clean, is that true for sw? What is the best beginner sw tank size
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:14 AM   #5
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Welcome! I'm new to the salt water scene. I have a 135g fowlr tank. It's been up and running for about 3/4 months now. I've heard that its easier to start with a larger tank... What size tank are you thinking about getting?
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20-40 gallons... I don't want a huge expensive tank
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:26 AM   #7
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A CUC (clean up crew) consists of SW snails, hermits, etc. Their job is to scavenge for left over food, most eat diatoms and some nuisance algae. They do create waste, but it's very minimal. We're talking about 5 snails say in a 30. Depending on what you think, generally people may get around 60 snails (varying species) and some hermits as well. Also if a fish or invert dies (and usually they will hide in rock so you can't find/get them) they will eat the dead animal before it decays and raises the nitrate. Nassarius are my favorite!
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First of all, what do you want in your tank? What fish/inverts are you hoping for and do you want coral or just a FOWLR (fish only w/ live rock) tank? 30 gallon is a great starter, but that's not to say any other size will do. The more gallons the better b/c a larger volume of water allows for mistakes to have less of a consequence. If you put too much salt in a 100 gallon tank, it wouldn't have such a large effect as it would if you put too much salt in a 10 gallon. The larger you go though, the more expensive it gets. 10, 20, and 30 are sizes that many beginners have and it doesn't cost as much as larger tanks do.
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If you can get the 40, definitely recommend it. Try checking on craigslist too b/c there can be really great steals! Also, if you're willing to do the work, DIY projects save a ton of money!
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I have always liked mardins (i hope that's right)are they difficult?
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Hermit, snails, and crabs were what I was thinking
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