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Old 03-27-2012, 10:59 PM   #1
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Hey everyone! I'm new to this forum and aquarium keeping and I haven't actually started my aquarium yet but I'm thinking I want to set up a 20 gallon saltwater tank with just clownfish for now. I know saltwater is a bit harder, but I'm up for the challenge! But i'd also appreiciate any advice..
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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anything under 30 gals is really tough for sw. It requires much more care and water changes so your levels are safe. Be prepared to drop some $$ into the tank.
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Yeah i think i might actually start with freshwater until Ive got some expierience and then I'll maybe switch to saltwater.
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Yeah i think i might actually start with freshwater until Ive got some expierience and then I'll maybe switch to saltwater.
There is alot of experience on here to draw from and also it's not as "hard" as it's made out. I know plenty on aquarium noobies that start and are successful in keeping, the comment previously was just you will need to put abit of money into it. Again it's not as expensive as its made out to be, doesn't cost thousands but it is more expensive than freshwater. Keeping freshwater can be just as difficult dealing with all the chemistry plus fish care but it's all made worth it with happy fish and happy tank, otherwise why would we do it. If your up for saltwater and really want clown fish I would go straight for it rather than spend out twice on two sets of equipment, experience can be invaluable but experience in fresh doesn't mean you know lots about salt, do why not go for it, people on here will help you every step of the way. Providing your honest and accepting of advice and direction it could be a great experience for you and you will end up with your dream 20gal with clowns?

Just a thought. Hope you go for it personally. I went into planted fresh, not knowing anything. I'm a gardener by trade but alot of that experience doesn't interpret to water gardening, so I had and still have alot to learn. The bumps in the road will always help us out in the future and we can share those bumps with others like yourself to help them not avoid the same.
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Yeah i think i might actually start with freshwater until Ive got some expierience and then I'll maybe switch to saltwater.
If you have room for it and think you can do it, look on Craigslist for tanks and stands. I got my 55 gallon with stand and everything I needed for freshwater for $150. I needed alot of cleaning but was a great deal. I'm going to change it to saltwater once I get all the equipment needed for it. I have heard alot about bigger tanks being easier to maintain in fresh and saltwater aquariums. I think one of the more fun parts of aquariums is doing all the research on the different fish and plant species. . Welcome to AA!
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There is alot of experience on here to draw from and also it's not as "hard" as it's made out. I know plenty on aquarium noobies that start and are successful in keeping, the comment previously was just you will need to put abit of money into it. Again it's not as expensive as its made out to be, doesn't cost thousands but it is more expensive than freshwater. Keeping freshwater can be just as difficult dealing with all the chemistry plus fish care but it's all made worth it with happy fish and happy tank, otherwise why would we do it. If your up for saltwater and really want clown fish I would go straight for it rather than spend out twice on two sets of equipment, experience can be invaluable but experience in fresh doesn't mean you know lots about salt, do why not go for it, people on here will help you every step of the way. Providing your honest and accepting of advice and direction it could be a great experience for you and you will end up with your dream 20gal with clowns?

Just a thought. Hope you go for it personally. I went into planted fresh, not knowing anything. I'm a gardener by trade but alot of that experience doesn't interpret to water gardening, so I had and still have alot to learn. The bumps in the road will always help us out in the future and we can share those bumps with others like yourself to help them not avoid the same.
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If your ultimate goal is saltwater, I'd start there. I'm only doing freshwater until I get my saltwater equipment, and because my tank came from a guy who had it set up for freshwater. Once I get the things I need it will be turned into salt.
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