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Old 04-11-2008, 04:42 PM   #11
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The bigger the tank the more forgiving it will be should things go south. There are many people that do fine with small tanks but they have to be more dilligent because things will go faster out of whack the smaller a tank is.
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:20 PM   #12
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The bigger the tank the more forgiving it will be should things go south. There are many people that do fine with small tanks but they have to be more dilligent because things will go faster out of whack the smaller a tank is.

i always thought it would be a whole lot harder to keep a problem contained in a big tank .

i hear more about peoples bigggg tanks being completely wiped out than peoples smaller ones, but not many people can maintain small gorgeous salt tanks as i can

...im just cool like that :p
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...and humble too. (nice use of emoticons! )

Seriously though, larger tanks give you more water to dilute all the bad stuff with. People start wanting certain fish... regardless of tank size. Often the times, folks will start with a small tank because it seems easier, yet stock it to big tank levels, or with fish that want to really live in a bigger tank. The old "yellow tang in a 20g" syndrome. They get away with it for a while, but then wonder why after 6 months or so everything either died or was covered with algae.

All the books written by very knowledgeable people say the same thing: start with as big as tank as you can physically start with. While the amount of water in a small tank may make it seem like it's easier to keep, in the long run it isn't. Really. Small tanks (<20g) should really be reserved for folks that already have learned their lessons with bigger tanks and realize the challenge they're undertaking.
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i am well aware of the tang police...never will i do that to a tang, im not real interested in them anyway...i like my clowns
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There is a breaking point in the bigger is better theory. I had a budget in mind and had heard the bigger is better in sw. So...I bought a 125RR which nicely into my budget. Too bad I didn'd come here first and let the lfs depelte my budget with CC, a wet/dry, NO lights, no skimmer, and no LR to start. I pretty much spent double my oroignal budget in the first year on upgrades.

Anybody want 90#s of CC?

Today I am so glad that I did go with the 125. It keeps me fromMTS though I do want a larger tank now (500-800)
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Today I am so glad that I did go with the 125. It keeps me fromMTS though I do want a larger tank now (500-800)
Tell me about it. LOL
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