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Old 04-18-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
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I have always wanted a sw tank but never went for it. Now recently my wife and kids have been asking for one. So I think now is the time. This past weekend we went to a few local shops to look around and get ideas on what size tank and fish we would like.

While looking for tank I seen a really nice 72x24x24 that I liked, Noticed I said I . While talking with her we figured it would be best to find out what kind of fish we wanted and then figure out what size would work best.

My wife stated she wanted a Scorpion puffer, I think that's what she called it. The lil ones want a Nemo fish (per my son). I would like and eel if possible. Also some anemone, and other colorful fish. Rabbit fish .

What size tank would you recommend? My wife found a site called Glass cage or something like that and they have some really nice set ups cheaper that in the store, are they any good.

We also plan on having someone maintain it while I am away. I figure it would be to much for my wife to handle with 2 kids and work.

All help/suggestions will be appreciated
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Old 04-18-2011, 01:54 PM   #2
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welcome i suggest you send melourse(sp?) and carey a pm along with i.dream.in.saltwater there some excellent sw people on this fourm
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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Hi. Welcome to the forum! Where in Florida are you at? I'm in Deltona outside of Orlando/daytona.

I currently have a few SW setups, I'm pretty new at it but LOVE it! If you can swing it I would highly recommend a 6 foot tank, theres a ton more to get with that much space, plus you don't really have to worry about fish size.

Were you going to do a full reef or just fish only for now?
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I'm in Sarasota. To be honest I am not sure witch way we will go yet I am thinking it will be a mix. My son also just told me he wanted a baby shark, i doubt that will happen.

Thanks for the names wolfpack
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no problem i love watchin new tanks come together careys been a huge life saver for my personally
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Welcome. When deciding on a tank size there are some pros and cons to both. A larger tank is more expensive. More water, more space, more lighting, more heat and more water movement = higher set up costs and more electricity. However a larger tank also allows you more variety in livestock. There are many fish (like tangs) that do not respond well to small environments. Bigger tanks are also much easier to care for. The more water you have to dilute the bad stuff the less likely you are to have a lethal spike in ammonia, nitrates, etc. My suggestion is to research, research, research. Form a plan and then be patient. There is nothing about saltwater aquariums that you rush or expediate. Good luck and keep us posted.
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also if your planing a large tank invest in a rodi fiter
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I have read Carey's post on the one from ebay.
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Old 04-18-2011, 02:49 PM   #9
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I have read Carey's post on the one from ebay.
thats good to hear your not new to the sw game are you?
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Yeah I am but I have been doing a lot of reading lately. I don't want to just jump right in and feel lost.
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