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Old 06-03-2015, 06:59 PM   #1
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please help me get started...

i have been keeping fresh water tanks for about 10 years, but i have never kept a salt water tank. i recently started a part time job at a lfs. anyway, i want to build up my knowledge of salt water so i can give good advice.....and what better way to do that than start up a salt water tank of my own?

i have a few empty tanks that i could use...i have a 46 gallon bow, a 20 gallon high, and a 29 gallon. i will probably want to do some research and then get this tank started sometime in July.

would greatly appreciate ideas on which tank to use, as well as suggestions for essential items i will need. my experience has been solely with hob filters, so i want to go canister this time. also, stocking ideas would be great and anything else you care to chime in with. i will be researching this for a bit before i get started.
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Bigger is better! 46 now with a sump


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Old 06-03-2015, 07:18 PM   #3
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i figured the 46 would be the one. will have to look into sumps for it. may have to build something to house it so the cats don't eff with it. probably gonna end up buying what i need for it piece by piece.
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i figured the 46 would be the one. will have to look into sumps for it. may have to build something to house it so the cats don't eff with it. probably gonna end up buying what i need for it piece by piece.

Build it under the stand with closed doors and a backing. Then the cats can't get in


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the stand i have has a small section doored off in the middle...only about 16 inches wide. will have to check out sumps and other options and consider other stands etc.
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:30 PM   #6
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You could use the 29 as a sump. Actually that tank is rather narrow correct?

Hmm I would wait for petco to have the dollar per gallon sale and get one tank for a sump and use a spare (maybe the 20 high) to make baffles.
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What do you want to keep.
All those tanks are kind of tall.
If FOWLR or FO then lighting is not so important.
Any photosynthetic life will need decent lighting in those tanks ,even the lowest light ones IMO.
I have a 29 reef I run on a slow sump.
All my other salts are bigger ,bigger cost more but are easier to balance(more forgiving of our screw ups)_
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Old 06-03-2015, 07:48 PM   #8
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the 29 gallon is 12 inches wide 17 tall and 30 long....it would fit under my stand and stick out a bit but i could build something to cover it up.
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The only tank that will fit under a 46 bow is a 10g breeder/display(not common measurements 24Lx8Wx13T) ask me how I know?
I would go with the 29 for dt and 20 for sump.
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I say bigger is better. You'll see how limited you are when you set up one of those nanos. Even the 46 is small. If you like the aquaria hobby, I promise you'll be hooked to saltwater in no time at all and never look back.
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