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Old 09-28-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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I am new here. I would like to get back to saltwater. Currently I have 180g with tang cichlids, 75g fresh, 30g (was brackish, but puffer just died), and 10g empty.

Given that the 30g is now available I was looking for opinion on starting this as FOWLR tank? Due to some remodelling at home, the 75 will be available next spring to switch to saltwater.

I guess the main question is should I start with the 30g and then upgrade to the 75g or just wait? I wouldn't mind having the both going once the remodel is done. Anyway, just looking for some opinions on the various tank sizes.

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Larger is always better, especially for SW if you have no experience with it. However, 30g isn't too bad and would probably be an ok place to start, using the 10g as a sump possibly.
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The 30 will give you a good start wgen you are ready for the upgrade and then make the 30 into a sump/fuge.
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yup, start w/ the 30 then upgrade.
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Not to take away from what Neilan said, bigger does allow for more room to err, but since you are already planning on an upgrade, you can at least get a grasp on the concepts of SW tanks. One thing, take it slow.
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You will be OK. Start with the 30 and as mentioned use it as a sump or a refuge when you upgrade.
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I agree. Go ahead and take the plunge back into the SW world. 30g will allow you to more then you realize. Also when you do upgrade to the 75 you will have learned or relearned how to handle and maintain a SW tank. You will also have an established tank to work from and seed the 75.
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Thanks for the feedback. I am going to start working on the 30g this weekend. Although, it is tough to take the advice of that cowboy helmet--I grew up in Pittsburgh.
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I agree, the 30 would be a good start. And starting with a FOWLR is a good way to go, IMO, as it allows you to get the hang of SW and the coolness of all the critters on the live rock without having to deal with serious lighting and corals. You'll be a little limited for fish choices but options will open up once you switch to the 75.
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