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Old 09-22-2012, 02:16 AM   #1
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I want to start a salt water fish tank right now I have a fresh water tank 10g and I want to do salt water
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:37 AM   #2
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Wonderful ...sorry, but what was your point? Are you wanting to know how to do set one up or just letting people know?
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:43 AM   #3
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Read up as much as you can. The Salt water articles on this site are a great start.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:32 PM   #4
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Read up as much as you can. The Salt water articles on this site are a great start.
Is it easy to do that all I want to know
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:42 PM   #5
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Is it easy to do that all I want to know
Nope not easy to do. Might want to do some research.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:48 PM   #6
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Saltwater tanks can be as easy as any freshwater tank other then measuring salinity. When you start getting into corals, inverts, and some sensitive specimens it can become difficult/expensive.
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:54 PM   #7
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I think its much harder. Water changes are way more difficult and time consuming, there is more equpiment to have/maintain, checking levels isnt just the regular old nitrite, nitrate, and ammonia... Once you have coral it gets much more difficult then that. Salinity can be tough to get right at first, temperature is harder to set straight IMO, etc.
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:13 PM   #8
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Nope not easy to do. Might want to do some research.
+1. When Nu-Nu says do research, trust me...he is 110% right! He has successfully kept fish and corals so any advice he can give would be worth listening to!!!

In my opinion, you should consider a bigger tank (at least 20-30 gallon). While you are saving in cost for the 10 gallon you will probably be doing maintenance every other day to every few days if you want to keep algae and other gunk out. In addition, you probably could keep two fish (very small) and thats it in a 10 gallon. Planning, preparing, and patience are the keys here.

Here are some things you can do to start planning:
1. Look up the fish you think you might want. They have minimum space requirements. If these aren't met they will most likely get stressed and die. Liveaquaria.com can give you some basic info on fish. Make sure when you get a fish that it will be compatible with the others you want. Will you ever want a reef? Consider that when buying fish and equipment. It will save you money.
2. Look up "nitrogen cycle" and read it a few times. If you can't get this out of the way and finished you will never be able to keep fish without killing them. This is how you get the bacteria that breaks down waste in the tank. Here's a good reading start:
www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm
3. Prepare to spend some money. I believe that prevention is better than digging for solutions. Most marine hobbyists use RO or RO/DI water. If you do this now that's great. You will need a decent filtration system etc. Again, here is a list to start with however do research because I assure you we all have different things in addition to meet our needs. Sit down and make a list of items you need, items you want, etc. and list the prices. There is quite a difference in cost for freshwater vs. saltwater. We aren't trying to discourage you however it's important you know all this before leaping in.

www.fishlore.com/SaltwaterAquariumSetup.htm
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Old 09-22-2012, 01:17 PM   #9
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Excluding the tank itself, the cost is more for a good saltwater set up.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:17 PM   #10
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Something else to think about is I've realized, really it seems like the more money you spend in this hobby, the easier it is for you. From tank size(bigger is better) to extra equipment not "needed" but will make everything alot easier on you. But after all of that. It's still harder than freshwater and you definitely should research for about a month before starting. Also, check creigalist and wait for a great deal! I just found one unfortunately I didn't when I started so it was even more expensive to start
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