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Old 08-15-2012, 12:17 PM   #1
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Saltwater start up advice

Hi all, just wondered if anyone can point me in right direction regarding starting out on a saltwater setup, there are so many threads/topics on here I dunno which are worth reading for their accuracy and which aren't, I've just been to my Lfs and got chatting about setting up another tank and while I fancy giving the salty side of things a try I know next to nothing, I want somewhere I can read a basic rundown on equipment and the do's and dont's of setting up, any pointers on what to read would be appreciated, I'm still a newbie with fresh but getting so much pleasure from it I can't decide whether to stick with what I know and go with fresh or start learning from scratch. Thanks in advance peeps.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:19 PM   #2
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What type of saltwater setup are you wanting? Fish only with live rock or reef tank, and do you have a budget cause that will matter in saltwater?
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Old 08-15-2012, 12:25 PM   #3
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Well money isn't unlimited but I asked the guy at Lfs if I could get pretty much all I would need to get started for 500 uk 's and he seemed to think I could, that wouldn't include any stock just the equipment, I think I would probably be limited to around 40 us galls in size if that is gonna put many restrictions on me, as for what I want I don't really know, I am thinking of giving it a try partly because it's gonna be such a challenge but also because the salt livestock are just so awesome in colours, if I decide to not go salty I'm gonna go for species only and go for cichlids as they seem to have such awesome colours as well.

Ps as I don't know offhand the exchange rate for uk to us I dunno what 500 is in dollars?

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:29 PM   #4
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1 pound = 1.57 dollars..... Do you want to keep corals cause if so it will cost more. If not that's a reasonable estimate for a fowlr tank. It's actually pretty simple then it can be run pretty much like a FW tank.
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Ok so probably go FOWLR to start with then, so any pointers on good reading ? As I said tho I've not decided yet on which way to go so don't want to put anyone to much trouble which is why I thought it might be easier to read old stuff already on here rather than anyone spending ages writing stuff out then in a week or two I say I've decided it's cichlids.

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Old 08-15-2012, 12:53 PM   #6
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Check out rednecks build thread he's starting out too with a 40 breeder "new to SW/ 40br fowlr"

Edit* sorry don't know if I can or how to post links through the app on my phone
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