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Old 03-02-2005, 12:50 PM   #1
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Salt into our diet.

Greetings,
The wife and I have had fresh water tanks for most of our lives. We have decided to put a little salt into our diet. This prompts the obvious questions to you the experts. What kind of filter, decorations, etc... Give me your thoughts, quick start articles/tips.

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Old 03-02-2005, 12:58 PM   #2
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First off Welcome to AA, as far as advice goes a lot of it it personal preference, do a search on this site for all your questions you need answered, read a few books and get an idea as to what your wanting to know. Then come back and ask more specific questions, not trying to sound short but we could type for hours on the openess of your question. Good luck
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Old 03-02-2005, 01:31 PM   #3
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Will do, thank you for your help. Looking to talking with you more.
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Old 03-02-2005, 03:52 PM   #4
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I'm no sw genius by any means but when you hit a stumbling block the guys here great about helping out.
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Old 03-02-2005, 03:55 PM   #5
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Here's some basic questions to start:

Do you want Corals or Fish only?
How much do you want to spend up front?
How much do you want to spend on an ongoing basis?



Those are the major forks in the road.
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125 SW
80 lb LR
330w PC
Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:01 PM   #6
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Looking to spend about $1,500 on tank, stand/cover, filter and sump.
Re: Corals or Fish. The wife wants Fish

Does marine life not "build" its own reef/coral system.
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:09 PM   #7
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Some fish will pick at or eat corals. Corals are beautiful but require far better environments and care than most fish. The types of fish will be greatly limited in a "reef" tank (one with corals). You don't want a $75 picking at a $75 coral.

Corals won't form on their own - unless by some small chance you get live rock that comes with some coral which is unlikely.
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330w PC
Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
Maroon Clown/White tip LT anemone, Powder Blue Tang, Female Swallow Angel, SixLine Wrasse, Solar Fairy Wrasse, Firefish, Fathead Anthias, Blue Mandarin, 3 Chromis, 3 Green Gobies
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Ah I see than Fish.
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Old 03-02-2005, 04:18 PM   #9
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To give you an idea, I got a pretty good deal on everything I needed for a 125 SW system for $760 (USED) - including:

125 tank/stand/hood
6 x 55w coralife PC lighting
80-90 lbs of live rock
substrate
wet/dry box
simple skimmer
a few powerheads, wet/dry pump
R/O water unit
2 heaters
HOT Magnum canister (which I don't use)
15w Aqua UV sterilizer

I added a Fluval 404 canister+surface skimmer for about $100. I'd say the cost for everything less livestock was about $1000-1100.

Contrary to the way most things in life work - bigger is better when you're starting out in SW.
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330w PC
Euphyllia, Alveopora, Pachyclauvularia (Metallic Green and Daisy), Frogspawn, Torch, Gold Nepthea, Kenya Tree, Galaxea, Pulsing Xenia, various leather (umbrella, toadstool, fingers, devil fingers, lettuce)
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May I recommend "The Conscientious Marine Aquarist" by Robert M. Fenner. Do a search on this title and I think you'll find that the folks on this board agree that this is a great text. Fenner will give you lots to think about and give you a great introduction to SW. The book will also help by giving you an intro to a lot of the lingo involved so you can better phrase your questions here at AA

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