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Old 01-01-2004, 03:01 AM   #1
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planning to set up a tank this year.

I have been in the hobby of maintaining a freshwater tank for about two years now. Can you give me tips on starting a saltwater tank. i'm planning to set up one this year. but i have to get proper parameters. tank size, fish compatibilities, ph levels...etc.
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Check out these articles they are pretty helpful in getting you started.

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Old 01-01-2004, 01:37 PM   #3
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Read, Plan, Review, Repeat!
and don't forget to post your plan here for review by those who have been doing this for a long time.
Ask lots of questions, then go back to step 1.

Best advice to start is to get the largest tank you can afford now, but make sure you include everything you need to go along with it.
Decide if you want a FOwLR or a reef tank, but be aware that most FOwLR are wanna be reefs within a year, so plan your livestock accordingly.
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Read, Plan, Review, Repeat!
Just to second that:

1.) Read
2.) Plan
3.) Post Questions on this board
4.) Receive constructive criticism well
5.) Talk to other SW keepers you meet in LFS
6.) After you have done this, go back to step 1 and repeat.

If you study well, and apply the principles, you will be a happy SW keeper...

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I read for months before I started my equipment list, then I changed that for over a month.
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Old 01-01-2004, 11:26 PM   #6
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i am planning to put out a 75 gallon tank for a start. what equipments would you suggest?
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by the way, for that 75 gallon tank, i would like a fish only with live rocks setup.
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and i would like damsels and clown fish in the tank. probably some blue tangs.
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Damsels are good starter fish, because of their hardiness and price. Once we had the damsels for a while and started adding more expensive fish, we found out Damsels are very aggressive and didn't take kindly to new tank mates. Then it took hours to get them out of our tank...but I digress...I agree with all those who have said, read, read, read. Patience is also VERY important in this hobby. A really good book (and one of the more current ones we could find at the library) is The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert M. Fenner. Good luck.
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Damsels are good starter fish, because of their hardiness and price. Once we had the damsels for a while and started adding more expensive fish, we found out Damsels are very aggressive and didn't take kindly to new tank mates. Then it took hours to get them out of our tank...but I digress...I agree with all those who have said, read, read, read. Patience is also VERY important in this hobby. A really good book (and one of the more current ones we could find at the library) is The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert M. Fenner. Good luck.
I second that! I will NEVER own damsels again unless it is a species only tank. I had a blue devil and had to remove ALL of my LR and most of the water to get him out. He had already killed two yellow tangs, and it was time for him to go.

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