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Old 04-18-2011, 02:54 PM   #11
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ok I'm a newbie too but have done alot of research is there anything your confused on?
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Based on other's experiences I would recommend you stay far away from Glass Cages. Look to buy the tank and stand locally as shipping can add a lot to the final cost.
Buy the biggest tank you can afford today, but factor in the sump, powerheads, pumps, cost of water and salt, etc. into that equation.

Buy most dry goods online. We have some excellant retailers as site sponsors and there's always the big online stores too. Many have free shipping over x dollars, and some great specials.

Here's some suggested reading for you:

Stock list and tips for maintaining your SW tank

How to cycle your tank with out the use of fish

Quarantine article

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure: A Quarantine Tank for Everything by Steven Pro

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Old 04-18-2011, 03:07 PM   #13
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Reading all the posts on this site has helped me out a lot. I Just cant decided on a tank size.
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Thank you for the links cmor1701d.
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If you aren't opposed to buying used... Craigslist is a good place to hunt around as well.

As far as size goes... We started out with a 75 gallon tank. Bought it with over 100 pounds of gorgeous 5 year old live rock and some fish and coral. Already established with good growth, that eliminated the need to cycle a new tank and we didn't have any of the standard set up problems or outbreaks. Instant gratification, I suppose. We are upgrading to a 125 gallon and are building a custom stand. The more water you have, the easier the tank is to maintain. Less water gives you less leeway. More water... More dilution.
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We buy a lot of our test kits at pet mountain.com. They are much cheaper than our local stores and that is also where we purchased our koralia 1050 Powerhead/ pumps for less than 35.00. They offer free shipping on orders of a certain size and their shipping and packaging have been great.
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The tank you mentioned is the one I would suggest for what you want to keep. That's 180G if you didn't already know.

There is a small problem though, I'm not sure which puffer you mean, so I can't comment except if it is a puffer it will eat inverts you place in the tank. And the Clownfish (Nemos) will definitely become a nice snack for almost any eel you might add.

From the fish you listed it's looking like you're wanting a predator tank, in which case bigger is better because most predators are larger fish.

The anemone would have to be a much later addition if you really want one. As they require a very established system and intense lighting.

What it looks like here is you want a tank, but have decided to research first, which I very much commend you on. But now it becomes what you want out of it, what fish you like and what type of tank whether it be a Reef, FOWLR (fish only with live rock), or FO (fish only). Then we can begin to help you further on suggesting fish and whatnot. Sidenote: puffers aren't reef safe so if you wanted a reef and the puffer, that couldn't happen.

Try searching through here and looking at requirements that are the same, like if you like more reef-safe fish than non reef-safe, ones with larger tank size requirements or smaller, etc.

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