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Old 02-28-2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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Starting a new aquarium (Noob here)

I am extremely interested in starting a saltwater aquarium, but am new to the game.

I am wondering if anyone on this forum knows any really nice/affordable setups for beginners like myself? I've not even purchased an aquarium yet, and am looking to get a 75-100 gallon tank (maybe more for the right price).

Having some issues tryin to find the tank for me online, and I know pet stores really jack prices up on tanks.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:09 PM   #2
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To start, what type of livestock do you want? You need to think about the fish you want, check out live aquaria.com to see tank requirements and go from there. Your statement about lfs's jacking up prices isn't entirely correct. I went to a mom and pop lfs (not a chain) and purchased my entire setup for about half the cost I was finding online.

Once you decide what you want (reef, FO, FOWLR) there are plenty of knowledgable people here that would be happy to help you out.

Good luck and welcome to the forum (and hobby).
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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Hi Sean, and thanks!

I am interested in a FOWLR setup for sure. As for livestock, I am interested in Blue Torpedo Sharks, but they seem too aggressive and that really limits what can share the aquarium with them.

With that said, my son loves Nemo, and I could see myself starting out an aquarium maybe with sea anemone and a clown fish or two and maybe just stock the aquarium with fish that are compatible.

I read also that having a cleaning crew for your aquarium is ideal. So maybe a crab, shrimp, snail and things like that.

With that information, how big, gallon wise, would be a good setup for either environment be?
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Blue torpedo sharks are FW. If you want a FOWLR, look into a 125g. You can get the larger, prettier fish.
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I was curious about the Blue Torpedo Sharks. People online saying they were freshwater, saltwater or both even. With that said, is there a shark one could buy for an aquarium under 150 gallons that won't destroy the other fish and doesn't get too big?
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I was curious about the Blue Torpedo Sharks. People online saying they were freshwater, saltwater or both even. With that said, is there a shark one could buy for an aquarium under 150 gallons that won't destroy the other fish and doesn't get too big?
Unfortunately not....There may be one that you can have in a 220g which is a Coral cat shark but the tank would need to be upgraded within 2 years.
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Unfortunately not....There may be one that you can have in a 220g which is a Coral cat shark but the tank would need to be upgraded within 2 years.
Well then I guess sharks are out of the question because there's no way I can fit a 220 gallon tank in my house currently. I can maybe go 125-150, but that's tops at the moment.
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Well then I guess sharks are out of the question because there's no way I can fit a 220 gallon tank in my house currently. I can maybe go 125-150, but that's tops at the moment.
Get a 150g then. You can get some beautiful Angelfish, triggers, tangs, and since the torpedo shark is Brackish water you can acclimate him to full SW
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Would a FLOWR aquarium with coral be considered a reef tank? I know adding coral changes the lighting a bit, and certain lighting conditions can be expensive it looks like.
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Get a 150g then. You can get some beautiful Angelfish, triggers, tangs, and since the torpedo shark is Brackish water you can acclimate him to full SW
So basically a Torpedo Shark can be in saltwater? What would I have to do in order to accomplish that exactly? Wouldn't the shark eventually kill the other fish in the tank, or the other way around maybe?
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