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Old 10-13-2011, 12:39 AM   #1
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What Do I Need To Start SaltWater?

I just bought a 40 gallon tank and was wondering what is everything I would need for the tank? Simple tank just nice enough to get a cool colorful fish and to start my saltwater experiance. Want to start simple and move to more complex over time and slowly. Give me some sujestions I am blind on all of this.

Right now heres what I have
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Id love to keep Cardinals and a Flame Angel (priority) Clown fish would be great too but if it would cost more to keep them then I dont want them for now.
Tell me what I would need in order to do this.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:42 AM   #2
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I just bought a 40 gallon tank and was wondering what is everything I would need for the tank? Simple tank just nice enough to get a cool colorful fish and to start my saltwater experiance. Want to start simple and move to more complex over time and slowly. Give me some sujestions I am blind on all of this.

Right now heres what I have
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Topfin 60 - Just had an old one that works so using it for now.
If u wanted to go as simple as possible u could get away with just a heater, mechanical filter, canopy/light and powerhead (of course not including ur rock, sand, aquarium salt, etc)
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Depends, do u want corals.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:45 AM   #4
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well Id really love to do a Clown fish tank I love clown fish, But like I said dont know much about salt water fish so I want to go simple dont know if keeping clowns is simple or a Dwarf angel, or Cardinals

Basically I just don't want to buy another expensive light fixture...I just want to use a normal florescent light.
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You would need a really good filter, heater, lights, powerhead, protien skimmer if you wanted, 40+ lbs. live rock, some sand, salt mix, and RO water possibly.
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Pretty sure from his post it would be a very basic fowlr which if its his first SW prob would be best to understand the chemical side of it first
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Pretty sure from his post it would be a very basic fowlr which if its his first SW prob would be best to understand the chemical side of it first
yes exactly
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Old 10-13-2011, 01:11 AM   #8
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Can I keep Cardinals or Dwarf Angels with Fish only tanks?
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You can do both with fowlr set up.
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Old 10-13-2011, 08:51 AM   #10
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And if you want some basic corals, I keep mushrooms and a hammer coral at 4 watts/gallon and they're doing amazing!
Start small and get your head around Saltwater and all the parameters to watch out for and then you can always upgrade stuff later!
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