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Old 02-07-2013, 03:39 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I have no experience with aquariums. However, I have always been in awe by the beauty of salt water tanks. I can't have a tank at the moment but I am looking to start very soon. I have lots to learn and would love any advice at all. Eventually I have a dream of having a very very large aquarium in my own home. Stingrays are a must!

My goal for this year is to learn the fundamentals of tank keeping and be able to create a small reef tank. I would like to learn how to maintains corals (which are absolutely stunning).

Like I said I have no experience and from what I understand, there is a lot to learn! Please give me advice! Oh and in terms ill understand! Thanks!
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Hi everyone,

I have no experience with aquariums. However, I have always been in awe by the beauty of salt water tanks. I can't have a tank at the moment but I am looking to start very soon. I have lots to learn and would love any advice at all. Eventually I have a dream of having a very very large aquarium in my own home. Stingrays are a must!

My goal for this year is to learn the fundamentals of tank keeping and be able to create a small reef tank. I would like to learn how to maintains corals (which are absolutely stunning).

Like I said I have no experience and from what I understand, there is a lot to learn! Please give me advice! Oh and in terms ill understand! Thanks!
:Welcome: to AA! We hope you enjoy

The first thing you can do is look in our article section of the main site. It has lots of easy to read info. You can also scan threw the saltwater threads to learn.
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Old 02-07-2013, 05:04 AM   #3
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Hi welcome to AA

I really think it is best to start with FW tanks. Less can go wrong, you can keep more fish, it's MUCH cheaper, etc. But, some people have started with SW, then moved on to FW.

Ever since I was little, I have loved deap sea SW fish, but I knew I couldn't keep them just then. When I had the chance to start a small FW tank (even though I didn't research and killed everything eventually) jumped on it! It wasn't my dream tank, but just a few months later I have my new, cycled, 25 gallon planted. I am in love! There are so many cool and interesting fish you can keep in FW tanks too. Just letting you know how addicting this hobby is: I am starting at least 2 more tanks at the beginning of next month. For sure a 12 gallon long brackish planted bumblebee goby tank, (That's a mouth full!) and a 5.6 gallon planted dwarf puffer tank. I am also hoping to have a 5-10 gal shrimp tank, a 5 or so gal betta, and a 5 gal Pygmy Sunfish tank, all of which are fw

I will tell you, if I ever do a SW tank, it will be a 40 breeder tank with pred fish like an angler.

But back to your question, and sorry for my rambling

Sting rays will be harder to find a pretty expensive. I do know you can keep freshwater sting rays. But if you can get SW ones, go for it! You will need a HUGE tank for them. Like, HUGE

If you want to have a huge reef, which it sounds like you do, I hope you have a well paying job! You are going to need massive lights, massive amounts of live sand and rock, not to mention other equipment. Fish, corals, CUC (clean up crew) etc, it's going to cost a lot. But if you do this, I will be with you all the way!

I just re-read your statement, and you want to have a small reef tank. Say, 20 gallons. That would still be fun, and still cost quite a bit!

All I can tell you is: read, read, read, and read some more, then some more, and a little more. Then wait until some salties come over here and help you

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Welcome to the forum. Looks like you've gotten some good advice already.
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Wow! Thanks everyone! I was afraid I wouldn't even be heard!
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That wouldn't happen here! Sometimes it takes a little time to get a response back but they always get seen and usually always get a response . This is a very active forum and we hope ya enjoy
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So I got a question, I have an old 20 gallon tank that I used to use for hermit crabs. What is the proper way/ what is the best way to clean it up so I can use it for fish? What is the best way to get those water spots off?
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So I got a question, I have an old 20 gallon tank that I used to use for hermit crabs. What is the proper way/ what is the best way to clean it up so I can use it for fish? What is the best way to get those water spots off?
A little elbow grease should do the job. Okay ok maybe a lot. You can use water and vinegar jus make sure you rinse it outlying good with water when your done
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So I got a question, I have an old 20 gallon tank that I used to use for hermit crabs. What is the proper way/ what is the best way to clean it up so I can use it for fish? What is the best way to get those water spots off?
You'll want to avoid using household cleaners for your tank. Try vinegar and a razor blade for the tough spots. If you have some really tough stains, soak a paper towel in vinegar and lay it on the area for a while, then come back to it later. Give it a good rinse and you should be good to go.

Just as an aside, if you want to try a small reef tank then try a small reef tank. It's totally doable if you just do plenty of research, ask lots of questions, and are willing to give the tank daily attention (monitoring specific gravity, testing water, doing water changes and top offs, etc.). Small reef tanks really do need daily attention IME- I have kept several SW tanks ranging in size from 2.5 to 50 gallons. Most people do seem to start out in freshwater but that doesn't mean it's impossible to go straight to reef.

One good bit of advice I can give you right off the bat is to ask questions about your equipment BEFORE you buy it. I have bought some pretty junky equipment in the past because I was getting it for cheap working at a fish store, but it really cost me more in the long run when I had to replace it.
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