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Old 04-12-2015, 07:23 PM   #1
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Question Starting a Saltwater Reef Tank

Hi all, Have multiple freshwater tanks, but have always wanted a reef tank. Many web pages on the start up, but they all seem "incomplete". Like you have to take the best of each page and try to put it out, from starter live rock, to lighting, to what level/how much salt do I put in?

I clicked on the links that are sticked here, but it leads to a page not found.
Anyways, I would love if anyone knows, rights, etc a complete guide to starting say a 30 to 40 gallon tank with mostly corals and live rock, plus the obligatory clown fish or shrimp.
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Old 04-12-2015, 07:36 PM   #2
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This is great. That's the exact setup I want when I cross over to saltwater. Following this.


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If its just fish then your tank size is OK. However if its reef I personally would go at least 55 if not bigger.

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If I were you I would do a 40 breeder tank. This is what I have, it has good dimensions and is a great tank for a first reef in my experience.
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If its just fish then your tank size is OK. However if its reef I personally would go at least 55 if not bigger.

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Paul has one of the most beautiful reefs I've ever seen and it's a 40 breeder. Check his thread out.


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Paul has one of the most beautiful reefs I've ever seen and it's a 40 breeder. Check his thread out.


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Yea, anyone can go any size they want granted if they got the experience on nano tank.

He just starting out and coming from fresh water, personally I think 55g is big enough to handle some changes in the water parameters without killing off the live stock.

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I just started my first reef 5 months ago and it's a 40 breeder and haven't had any problems. I do a 5 gallon waterchange every other week and nitrate stays around 5. It's all about personal preference though when it comes to tank size.
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True, personally I lIke to go as big as my budget allows me

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Thanks I'll look through all of those. Really want the corals, etc, more than fish. I saw a reef rock with plug holes in it in a catalog, then saw small corals, amobea, etc at my lfs that were small but on plugs to fit those rocks. Also the blue light where they glow is my end game.
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