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Old 01-15-2014, 08:25 PM   #1
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Greetings, I got a hold of a 60 gallon hex tank. From what I've read the majority are against hex, but I am limited on space. I plan on moving into a house in the very near future and would love to build a in wall display.

I am torn between salt water and freshwater, but ultimately I feel salt is where my heart is.

The tank has a wooden stand with no hood/lid.
I am looking at a Eheim 2213 canister filter, some said it wont work with salt, but others do.

I'll have to build some kind of hood/lid and I have a few ideas but i'm totally lost when it comes to the lighting. I'd love to do some type of a LED system with automatic timer and color rotation.

All the videos I see for aquariums people have all kinds of systems, which seems over whelming for a beginner. I'm wondering what I would need for a basic setup with least maintenance. Obviously i'll learn as I go that's why I am wondering if I should start out with fresh water and eventually move to salt, but then I may have to buy everything twice. Ah so many options.
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Bro! Equations... Fw=$$x1-2hr/day= Sw=$$$$$$x??hr/day= Do the math my man
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Bro! Equations... Fw=$$x1-2hr/day= Sw=$$$$$$x??hr/day= Do the math my man
So are you suggesting to do fw instead of sw?

If I went FW id want some live rock / coral, maybe a plant.

Sea horses and a few fish.. maybe hermit crab snails etc.

If I can successfully get this one going and running for a year or two my plan is for quite a large tank once I move.
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If youre new to aquariums i would get to grips with what comes with it in terms of maintenace, cost and time spent.

Jumping into saltwater is something i generally disagree with but then who am i.

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If youre new to aquariums i would get to grips with what comes with it in terms of maintenace, cost and time spent.

Jumping into saltwater is something i generally disagree with but then who am i.

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I agree with your input, but people I have mentioned the idea of fw to are telling me ill get bored of it all ill have to buy things twice.
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I am in agreement with this to an extent and thats why i only keep cichlids because not much else has and keeps my interest. Keep something interesting like cichlids, their like waterbourn mice with huge intelligence and individual character.

Most of the things you buy can be switched and used for SW. Only now after afew years of keeping and my understanding of water chemistry would i delve into the other side of SW. If things go wrong with your SW tank expect to be paying big bucks. Maintaining a salt water enviroment is costly to.



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I'd say follow your heart. Most people begin fresh and go salt. I did. However my knowledge of fresh doesn't help me at all with salt. So I found a good forum to answer questions and googled everything else.

With that said, salt will cost a lot more to setup and maintain even if you take the inexpensive route.
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Just look at some of these. Beautiful, no?

Sucessful fish keeping is all about the understanding of water chemistry and without any knowledge whatsoever its going to make things twice as difficult for SW.

Fresh water is different all over the world and inbalances are more forgiving where saltwater, anything out of wack has the ability to turn your tank upside down.

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If you are gonna do salt I would not start with seahorses. They are quite demanding and really can't be housed with other fish. A nice fowlr would be a good starting place to do salt. Then once you get the hang of that upgrade the lights and get into easy corals.
Freshwater isn't boring. I love my fresh and salt tanks equally. Both can look amazing as well. You will have more options fish wise in freshwater than saltwater with a hex tank as well.
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