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Old 09-07-2004, 02:06 PM   #11
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As big as possible, as small as necessary.

I agree with all that is stated here. Larger tanks equate to larger water changes, more power consumption, and more initial set-up costs. The benefit is a more stable envirinment and less chance of an expensive crash. You can do a nice set-up in a 55 gallon, I actually like the more narrow profile. Once you do it, you will want a 100+ gallon though....... Ask me how I know

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Old 09-07-2004, 04:15 PM   #12
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I just started on a 72 gallon bow. Altough I wish it were bigger I am happy with it.
big enough to have many options. A couple of years down the road I'd love to move up.
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Old 09-07-2004, 06:21 PM   #13
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About 3 weeks ago I was all primed to start my first SW tank, a 90Gal. I ony have room for a 4ft tank and I thought the 90 was the largest 4ft made. As I went to AGA to find the actual dimensions(for the stand) of the 90 I discovered the 120.

So anywho my 120 will be here on Friday. Now that the stand is done and in place I'm kinda stunned/scared on how big this thing is gonna be. But don't get me wrong its gonna be a ton of fun.

The 120 is a third larger than the 90, which means more stability but also 6in more of fish. The change in cost for me from a 90 to 120 wasn't very drastic.
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Old 09-07-2004, 11:32 PM   #14
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I started with 29 and 38 gal FO tanks. I now have a 75 gal reef with a sump and fuge. Make sure you are committed to the time and money before you buy that big tank. I like my 75 but I could see a 120+ sometime later
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Buy the biggest tank that will fit into your space. That said, I have over $2000 into my 75. So keep an eye on budget.
What are the plans so far?
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Old 09-08-2004, 08:16 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the replies!!

From what I've seen, I think I will go with something in the 75-90 gal range, as it should fit nicely into my budget. If I can find a good deal on a 120, I might cave. As far as purchasing is concerned, my plan was to buy the tank accessories first with the tank size in mind, and then buy the tank last. That way, I can hopefully purchase quality parts and not have to settle for the cheapies after blowing my wad on a huge tank! :P

My current plan right now is to go with a FOWLR tank for now with some coral somewhere down the road. As far as livestock is concerned, I have been planning on having what seems to be the solid choice for starter fish, a Tang, a Clownfish or two, maybe a couple of Damsels or Chromis. Although I have heard that Chromis might have issues with the Clowns. And of course, a nice cleanup crew as well!
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Old 09-08-2004, 10:51 AM   #17
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My 2 blue/green chromis do very well with 2 perc clowns in a 75g. You might wanna consider the chromis instead of the Damsels. I've heard stories of the territorial buggers (depending on the type, of course) wreaking havoc and how they were so hard to remove with the rock in place. And depending on the tang choice, it might have to go in near last or last instead of as a starter.

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I am WAY below all of you!

My wallet can't handle the lighting requirements for a long tank. a 48" lighting setup is WAY more expensive than a 24"

and I would also need MUCH more Live Rock.

Expensive. So I went with a 37 gallon cube. A bit limiting, but It saves alot of dough.

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Software:2 Tank-Raised Ocellaris Clowns, 1 Purple Firefish, 1 Electric Orange hermit crab, 18 Blue Legged hermit crabs, 8 or so Nassarius snails, Xenia, Blue, green, and Green Striped Mushrooms.

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