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 12-17-2012, 10:37 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bkiggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Massachusettes
Posts: 1,264
Tanks?

What tank should I get? Evolve 8 or coralife cube 14? I don't know anything about saltwater
__________________

__________________
bkiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Psychocircus91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 721
The bigger, the better. Biocube 14, but if you can get a Biocube 29. With the 14 you are only going to be able to fit 2 very small fish.
__________________

__________________
75 Gallon Reef
Psychocircus91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 12:04 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Terrance's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Seattle
Posts: 2,577
+1 for the bigger tank. You don't need a kit to start a saltwater tank. Its just as easy to build one and buy everything separately.
__________________
Kind Regards,
Terrance
Terrance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
Well... What are your plans? Corals? Fish only? What is your budget?

I have a BC29 and I'm very happy with it. One day I will get a bigger saltwater tank though.

It come down to what you can afford, what you want to keep and how much you want to spend. Also how much room and time you have to maintain your tank. All in one tanks IMO are great for beginners.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 12:08 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Psychocircus91's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Maryland
Posts: 721
Quote:
Originally Posted by Terrance View Post
+1 for the bigger tank. You don't need a kit to start a saltwater tank. Its just as easy to build one and buy everything separately.
agreed, I was very overwhelmed when I first started and ordered a biocube thinking it would be the easy route. It showed up broken and I started a 75. I'm unbelievably happy with the decision.

If you have more room, as suggested go bigger. You could probably set up a 30 gallon for the same price or cheaper depending on your goals.
__________________
75 Gallon Reef
Psychocircus91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 08:42 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bkiggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Massachusettes
Posts: 1,264
I should have been more specific. My bad. I want a pair of Harlequin Shrimp and maybe (very maybe) a pair of seahorses.
I already have 4 big tanks to take care of - freshwater
I don't know anything about saltwater. Cycling them... Media to use?....
__________________
bkiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 09:24 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Rutrag's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 1,133
Just as an FYI, harlequin shrimp require feedings of live starfish (they eat the tube feet), and seahorses also generally need small live foods. If you haven't done saltwater before, you've picked some demanding animals to start with.
__________________
It is a violation of federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labelling.
Rutrag is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 09:39 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bkiggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Massachusettes
Posts: 1,264
Yes, knew that ! I have very demanding fish in my freshwater tanks. They require a lot of attention too
__________________
bkiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Convict2161's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Planet Earth
Posts: 14,818
I love harlequin shrimp, I have one myself and love watching it take the chocolate star into its cave.

With that said... If that's all you want and you have no need for corals. A BC 14-29 would work just fine.

Or you could go cheaper and do a say a 20 long or a breeder add a AC110, heater and a powerhead. Get yourself some sand and some live rock and your set.

The all in one tanks like the BC has a good start but you'll still need a powerhead and heater.

It's really up to you and what you wanna spend.

I like the BC's I keep some chocolate stars in chamber 2 so when she comes out for dinner I have something to feed rather then head out to the store, plus if I buy more then one they usually give a deal.

Oh one more thing, if you don't go the all in one route you'll need to look into lighting also BUT with no corals in the tank the lighting won't be such a huge deal like it would of you had corals.
__________________
[SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

"When creating an aqua scape, strive for the beauty of imperfection, as its art and there is no wrong or right, it's left open for interpretation" James Findley
Convict2161 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2012, 10:14 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
bkiggy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Massachusettes
Posts: 1,264
1. What's a power head? 2. Live rock will cycle it? I have a AC 110 already upgraded to canister on my 40g. Already have live food, brine shrimp, for other fish and frozen of course. Are seahorses hard to keep alive? 3. I thought saltwater had cold water? What temp should it be. I have extra heaters but they are set at 78•
__________________

__________________
bkiggy is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
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








» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:06 PM.


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