Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-22-2010, 09:55 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Newbie
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 1
Steer me in the right direction! - starting a new SW tank

Ok, so I have a friend who is giving me a fifty gallon tank. I need to know what I will need to start a salt water aqaurium. Im looking to have some cool fish and coral, along with a couple sea horses. Im completely new to salt water aqauriums so any help will do me good. I read on google that there are many different types of salt water aqauriums and im unsure what kind will work for me. I will be asking more questions because like I said im completely new to this. Thanks!!!
__________________

__________________
thatsaltwaterguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2010, 09:58 PM   #2
Aquarium Free - 2+ Years
 
mfdrookie516's Avatar



POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Winchester, Ky
Posts: 19,410
Welcome to AA Here is a good thread/article that should go over most everything you'll need Btw, pay no attention to the links in my signature, theyre mainly geared towards freshwater cycling

Equipment for a new SW tank
__________________

__________________
-Jonathan

"What, exactly, is the internet? Basically it is a global network exchanging digitized data in such a way that any computer, anywhere, that is equipped with a device called a 'modem', can make a noise like a duck choking on a kazoo." - Dave Barry
mfdrookie516 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
AA Team Emeritus
 
jsoong's Avatar


 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Edmonton, Canada
Posts: 4,222
Moved to SW forum for better exposure.
__________________
80 gal FW with 30 gal DIY wet/dry/sump.
9 fancy golds, 1 hillstream loaches, 1 rubber-lip pleco (C. thomasi), 3 SAEs, small school of white cloud minnows, planted.
jsoong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 02:08 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
thincat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 5,330
welcome to AA. You have to make up your mind as you can't mix Seahorses with regular fish. They need different requirements as to water movement and feeding. Google it and make up your mind as to which way you want to go.
__________________
Happy Reefing,
TC
thincat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-23-2010, 02:25 PM   #5
is back to save the day!
 
Zer0's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: New Jersey
Posts: 3,194
Let it also be known that keeping seahorses really aren't for the novice saltwater aquarists, and it should definitely not be in your possession if you are just currently starting a saltwater tank, with no prior experience or handling regarding saltwater aquariums. You can do whatever you like, but it is in your best interest to get accustomed to the whole saltwater game, and how everything works, and experience some of the ups and downs that come along with this hobby before you step up your game to the animals that require more experienced handlers to not only be kept alive, but happy and thriving. Because in a saltwater tank, your main goal is for your tank not to just live, but to thrive.

Also, just something to think about. Starting up this 50G tank will not be cheap. If you plan to have coral, you will need excellent lighting because 50G tanks are pretty deep and have lots of surface area, and lighting is NOT cheap, even for small aquariums. You will also need a great skimmer as well because in a tank that large, proper filtration will be a must. So you definitely can't skimp on filtration for a 50G tank. The link that mfdrookie posted will help you with the rest of the things you need like heaters, ro/di, and the likes. But nonetheless, a 50G tank is a great place to start and you're very lucky that you received this tank as most tanks over 40G's are very expensive.

Remember, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask. So if you have any questions, please ask us. It's what we're here for. To help.

Good Luck!
__________________
Thanks.
-Kevin
Zer0 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
direction, starting, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for some ideas and direction Thever Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 21 02-26-2009 11:31 AM
Going a different direction with tank??? fijiwigi Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 15 04-02-2008 01:47 AM
Direction of Powerhead? SeeDemTails Saltwater Reef Aquaria 4 07-10-2006 06:27 PM
Am i heading in the right direction 4inchSandBed Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 7 03-27-2005 12:43 PM
help get me in the right direction with this one kidkameleon3 Saltwater & Reef - Identification 1 09-13-2004 03:36 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:48 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.