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Old 12-01-2011, 04:21 PM   #11
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a 10g sw tank will be challenging in my opinion. Plus the fish selection isnt very big for a 10g tank. I started with a 29g, not too big but not too small. also because of the size a skimmer wasnt needed.

In a perfect world I would suggest a 75g, its 4 feet long just like a 55g BUT it has a better footprint as it's 18" wide rather than the 12" the 55g has.
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a 10g sw tank will be challenging in my opinion. Plus the fish selection isnt very big for a 10g tank. I started with a 29g, not too big but not too small. also because of the size a skimmer wasnt needed.

In a perfect world I would suggest a 75g, its 4 feet long just like a 55g BUT it has a better footprint as it's 18" wide rather than the 12" the 55g has.
I agree 100%. Don't waste your time on a 55, if u want a 55, get a 75 instead. It makes rock work alot easier.

Isn't a 125 basically a 75 that is 6 feet long instead of 4 feet?
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:32 PM   #13
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I had a 14 gallon as my first tank. It was alot more work than my 90 and the 90 is more fun. With my 14 gallon I had to monitor it A LOT! I was in constant fear of hurting the fish cause I watched how unstable it was.
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I think I might just convert my 55 then because it is in my room and my room ain't really big I also share the room with my lil brother and he dosent like fish and he is always complaining so I will have to stick with the 55
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Old 12-01-2011, 04:40 PM   #15
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Not big enough for an extra 6" lol ? I die everytime I look at my 55sw and think "wow, what I "COULD" have done if I just had a 75g". This is of course all my opinion, but I've had everything from a 4g pico to a 125g and like everything in between lol, so I know the heartache to not be able to get the fish or coral you want.

And yep, a 125 is just 2 feet longer and the same 18" from front to back. When rockscaping those valuable 6 inches are sorely missed.
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I already have 2 tanks in my room I really want to replace my 55 for a 110 and make that a sw tank but I just dont have the $$ right now might have a job at pet co tho and then I would be able to get everything cheap
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I started with 10 gal and not long after that converted a 20 gal fw into saltwater and looked long and hard to find a bigger tank, a 55 gal now. I would definitively recommend starting with at least a 55 gal. To everyone saying they wish they had gotten a bigger tank, we all do that. People that keep saltwater always wish for a bigger tank. That glorious day when we finally get that bigger tank, soon we dream of something bigger.
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IMO the 55 gallon is the best size to start with. Saying that the bigger the better. Added water volume is always a good thing. This is solely my opinion as you can see from the thread many people have different suggestions.
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I started with a 55g tank and it was a good place to start. I did a canister filter and HOB protein skimmer and was done. Pretty simple and easy setup, however a friend of my started a 75g at the same time and I wish I would have done the same simply for the aquascaping aspect, However he evenutally transitioned from a HOB to a sump to for better filtration. Overall the 55g was great to get me started and ready for my next venture.
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Just Balt the stuff for the 55 got the salt mix getting ready to cycle the tank now
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