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Old 10-11-2012, 09:50 PM   #1
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Unhappy I Just Don't Think I'm Cut Out for Saltwater :(

I wish I was though. Reef aquariums are beautiful and I've always wanted one, but I feel like if I start one up I'd lose all my corals because I'm just terrible at saltwater. Everything seems to go wrong for me. Salinity is always difficult for me. It's always either too low or too high, and it took me a long time to finally get it to normal levels. And now for some reason all my precious nassarius snails are dying and I think one of my prized scarlet skunk shrimp has passed on too but I have to go double check. Everything always seems to go wrong for me in my saltwater tank. So I don't even know how disastrous it would end if I took on a reef aquarium.

Idk I think I'm just a freshwater person. That's where all my luck lies. I wish I was better at saltwater, but I just don't think I am.

Sorry if this thread bored you, it was just to admit that I'm no good. I think from now on I'll stick with freshwater.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:51 PM   #2
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How long did you have your tank set up before you started adding livestock?
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I fish-less cycled. I'm always super lucky with fish-less cycling so it took 3 weeks. But the tank's been running for a few months now.
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I let mine cycle for 6 weeks. Are you using live rock or base rock?
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Live rock. The tank was finished cycling though. Ammo and trites were 0 and trates were about 5 i don't remember how high. I kept dosing ammo for several days with the same results.
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How big of a tank is it? I've noticed that smaller tanks are harder to keep as saltwater.
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I definitely agree with you. It's only a 10 gallon. I had the tank lying around so I though I'd try something new.
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Yea. That would be very tough for saltwater. I'd recommend at least 30 gallons for salt but the bigger the better. If you could upgrade to a 50 or 75, you would alleviate a lot of the salinity issues.
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Oh I would love too but I'm afraid I'd mess everything up like I am now. I know it'd be easier but I'm afraid I'll kill all the corals and everything. I was thinking of upgrading to a 20 gallon reef (only thing that'll fit in the kitchen where the 10g is now) but I'm afraid I'll mess it all up.
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Hey, if it isn't working out for you right now, sometimes it's better to just get out if you're stressed about it. I certainly understand. You can always come back to SW/reef later when you have more time to deal with it. It's totally ok if you just go with FW. There's plenty of interesting FW animals to keep.
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