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Old 09-06-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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What size tank would you recommend for a first-time SW build?

I won't be near getting another tank until Winter, but I'd like to get on the ball planning and researching which direction to go in! Since it will be my first SW build, I don't want to go with a full-reef, but mainly LR and a few easy to maintain, low light corals. (mushrooms, maybe)
I know that maintaining small SW tanks is more difficult, but which size do you think is the best for a first-time build/in general?
Also what shape? Rectangles, cubes, bowfronts, etc
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:30 PM   #2
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Get as big as you can afford really.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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I'm not disagreeing with getting as big as you can afford. But I started myself off with a 50 gallon FOWLR and it has helped me prep for the bigger tanks. It's gotten me use to the chemicals, water changes and has worked as a good introduction. That's always a goo route as a noob to SW tanks.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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Definitely planning on going big!

I'm also going to do a Caribbean biotope if that makes a difference on size advice.
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What fish are you looking at then? I started with a 75g myself.
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Old 09-06-2011, 08:39 PM   #6
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I'm planning on somewhere between 50-100gallons at this point.
Small enough to be a good start, while being big enough to house a nice amount of fish.

Haven't really thought about specific fish yet, but fish from the Caribbean. My family and I went on vacation to Aruba over the summer and the diving was definitely pretty inspiring for a SW tank. Since this tank is really going to be for my family (not me personally, I'm just the fish freak in the family haha) I thought it would be nice.
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Heed the advice from everyone,..get a tank bigger than you have planned on getting,....otherwise in a few months down the line you're going to get a bigger tank anyway ,.. This way you'll actually save money.
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Go big but remember you have yo include the costs of all the extra items
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My advice would be minimum of 70 gallons - typically 70 gallon minimum is the requirement on several fish, so it opens you up to many more options. I started with a 54 gallon, and I'm already planning for a much bigger set-up. 125+ gallons.
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Old 09-07-2011, 12:36 AM   #10
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off to surf CL for a big tank!
Definitely don't want to go lower than 75 at this point.
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