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Old 01-25-2011, 07:04 PM   #1
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Hello everyone!
My name is Sam, and recently I have become very interested in marine biology (especially Teuthology) and have been thinking about setting up a small tank (less than 5 gallons probably) for some fishes. I've had fishes when I was young, but obviously I didnt gain much experience from them. I am hoping to start small and see if I actually like the hobby before spending more money.

Advice on good starter fish, tanks, ect. would be greatly appreciated. I didn't see a beginners forum so I guess I'll ask for help here . My main source for all things aquatic is Petsmart right now. I'm sure there are better places but as of now I want to start off cheap and small.

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Old 01-25-2011, 07:20 PM   #2
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I wouldn't suggest going for such a small tank as you are new to the hobby. I know it sounds kind of opposite but the the bigger the tank the easier the water parameters are to maintain. Maybe look out for a 10-30 gallon tank.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:24 PM   #4
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Welcome to AA!

We do have a beginners forum, it's entitled "Getting Started" (1 under the FW section and 1 under the SW section). You'll get lots more notice and response in those forums, so feel free to ask your specific questions there.

And, I agree with above, smaller tanks are exponentially more difficult to maintain on the SW side than larger tanks, so it is something to consider.
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Old 01-25-2011, 07:42 PM   #5
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Oh I didnt see that forum, I'll head over there. And I'll consider a 10 gallon tank, but I'm trying to keep my budget under $100
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Old 01-27-2011, 05:40 AM   #6
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Welcome to AA. if you look on craigslist you might be able to find a full set up cheaper. buying used will save you a good amount. when starting the biggest tank you can fit and afford is your best bet. larger tank is more stable.
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