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Old 12-06-2017, 07:28 PM   #1
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Starter SW tank size

We had a SW presentation at the local meeting which was really interesting. They suggested a starter tank of minimum 150 litres (40 gallons) and Red Sea tanks as a good all in one package.

Was wondering if that made sense. I know larger tanks would be great but was thinking of just a small tank just on space.
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Id say 20-29 gallons is a good starting size. Red Sea tanks are super $$$. Honestly setting up your own first tank and not buying an aio system first is the way to go. You can learn more on how the system works that way.
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That sounds great. We have a couple of SW shops here that could help.
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A 40 breeder is a great starter tank.
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A 40 Breeder is a nice started tank but if you can go bigger I would do it. The more water volume you have the better it is. A larger water volume is more foregiving if you make a mistake. Smaller volume need more attention to keep your parameters on point. I keep 100 Gallon Mixed reef tank at work and I used to keep a 300 Gallon at home. My 300 took less work than my 100. Just my .2cts
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Starter SW tank size

True, true - its just that space is going to be a problem most likely. Not too small but will have to be small which is going to be a real shame but might get something going in SW for something different. Especially if I have to pack away the 150gal high-tech planted. One of the guys was doing pico tanks around 5 gallons I think - definitely not that small
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A 40 Breeder is a nice started tank but if you can go bigger I would do it. The more water volume you have the better it is. A larger water volume is more foregiving if you make a mistake. Smaller volume need more attention to keep your parameters on point. I keep 100 Gallon Mixed reef tank at work and I used to keep a 300 Gallon at home. My 300 took less work than my 100. Just my .2cts

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Upgrading a marine tank size with stock already in the old tank is a totally different animal then freshwater switch overs...
If you have corals or inverts already you are not going to enjoy having to upgrade..
More water ,more fun...
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I'd say go as big as you can afford/space allows. Incorporate a sump for added volume. These things have a tendency to snowball into larger projects
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Great idea - I clean forgot about a sump. Ok, will keep an eye out for going as large as possible on tank. Less work and being able to upgrade sounds attractive as well
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