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Old 11-30-2013, 11:52 AM   #1
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Starting A Saltwater tank

I have been thinking about starting a salt water tank. I currently have a 60 gallon fresh water tank. I love my freshwater tank but really want to get a salt water tank also. I want to get at the info I need before I start the tank. I want to do it right so not going to start a tank until i feel comfortable with starting one.

I have been reading about starting a salt water tank but I know i need to get a LOT more info before I start.

So what all do i need to start?? Equipment and so forth?????

What steps do I need to take when starting????
And anything else I need to know??!!??!!!!!

We have really hard water where I live. Not sure if this matters. But wanted to inform everyone.

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This site has a lot good articles on what you need to consider when starting a saltwater aquarium.I would suggest deciding on the type of tank you would like to have that will help to determine tank size,fish and equipment needed.There is Fish only,FOWLR(fish only with live rock) or reef.There is also peaceful or predatory.Hope this helps!Welcome aboard!Good luck.
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Is there a minimum size for a good salt water tank???
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Is there a minimum size for a good salt water tank???
You can do any size you want. Generally larger the tank the easier to maintain and stock. For example, almost all tangs require a 6 foot tank. I'd say a 40 breeder is a good beginner size tank but a bigger one will be better
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You can do any size you want. Generally larger the tank the easier to maintain and stock. For example, almost all tangs require a 6 foot tank. I'd say a 40 breeder is a good beginner size tank but a bigger one will be better


ok i was thinking 40 gallon at the smallest.
And do I have have a sump tank???
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It's always recommended to go as big as you can afford. You don't need a sump, you could use a HOB filter.
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I think it will be 40-55 gallon. Would i need a sump for that or would a HOB or canister filter work okay for that?? Is running a HOB or canister filter on a saltwater tank pretty similar to running one on a freshwater tank??? I have a HOB Bio-wheel and a canister filters on my 60 FW tank.

I would like to have live rock and maybe once I have it setup and going strong maybe add coral down the road. But not for sure about the coral. But would like live rock thats for sure.

Not 100% on the type of fish either. What are some of the easier fish to get ? I know I will want to get a couple Clown fish.
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Now much of a difference is to have just live rock or live rock and coral????? Or just having fish?? And what are you suggestions?? Can you start with just fish only, then add live rock, then add coral?!!!!!
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I would 100% add live rock it will make maintaining the tank much easier. You wanna shoot for 1-1 and a half lbs per gallon of live rock. Then down the line you can get good lighting and add corals.
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