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Saltwater Tanks -- Help a fish newbie out!

Okay, so my boyfriend Ken and I are redoing our bedroom (new paint, floor, furniture, etc.) and he has graciously allowed me to get a fish-tank for the bedroom once everything is done. I am SO excited I cannot stand waiting.

I am 100% positive I want to go with a saltwater tank. I've had fish before... goldfish.. parrot fish... etc., but I've never had saltwater fish. I've heard that the start up is hard (and costly), but once you get everything working, they are easier to maintain than goldfish. I am prepared to check salinity levels, keeping an eye on the filtration system, etc. as often as needed to make sure I have healthy and happy fish.

Ken's uncle is giving us a 33 gal tank and a bunch of start up equipment for a saltwater tank. He used to have several saltwater tanks and told us that he'll be around if we ever have any questions that cannot be answered online or over the phone.

I plan on starting small with a few damsels. Any suggestions?

I was wondering if anybody here has saltwater tanks and what kind of tips/tricks you can give me to get this going successfully?

I really want to be able to get to the point where I can have live coral and rock and some porcupine puffers and/or clown-fish.


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ask siscim23, he has experience with salt water set ups.


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Oh thanks Blam. I didn't know if he was still an active member.


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he's active in the prairies section, i know that for sure

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Re: Saltwater Tanks -- Help a fish newbie out!

My friend is an avid saltwater owner. He started with live rock (I think) and worked his way into the fish. I believe the first fish was a blue-eyed tang or something. Now he has 2 clownfish, a yellow tang, and countless snails. Oh, he has 2 other fish, but I don't know what they're called lol. You'd think I'd know this having worked in an aquarium store...

Anyway, he asked me house sit a couple weeks ago and it was pretty easy to watch the tank (on top of 2 dogs and a cat). All I had to do was fill the sump at least twice a day, and feed the fish their nori once a day.


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Re: Saltwater Tanks -- Help a fish newbie out!

what do you want to know, ive got several tanks so ask away.......damsels are definitely good starter fish as they are cheap and hardy..as you may know salt is actually the opposite as freshwater, the smaller the tank the more difficult to maintain. What kind of filtration do you plan on running, protein skimming, lighting, water quality do you plan to archive. also keep in mind fish compatibility. 33 gallon is fairly small so you wil lwant to stick with small fish


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[quote author=Birdfeather link=topic=148831.msg3197159#msg3197159 date=1245955901]
as you may know salt is actually the opposite as freshwater, the smaller the tank the more difficult to maintain.[/quote]

The same holds true for freshwater, we just have less variables to keep on top of.

Lara, I used to have SW tanks until I got into planted tanks. Outside of the fish, do you plan on keeping anything else? Liverock, corals or other inverts?
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Re: Saltwater Tanks -- Help a fish newbie out!

[quote author=t0p_sh0tta link=topic=148831.msg3197171#msg3197171 date=1245956318]
[quote author=Birdfeather link=topic=148831.msg3197159#msg3197159 date=1245955901]
as you may know salt is actually the opposite as freshwater, the smaller the tank the more difficult to maintain.[/quote]

The same holds true for freshwater, we just have less variables to keep on top of.

Lara, I used to have SW tanks until I got into planted tanks. Outside of the fish, do you plan on keeping anything else? Liverock, corals or other inverts?
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mazda3 owners tend to have a lot in common, i am currently running a 55gallon installed in my bar, and a 36g corner. i was goin to convert the 36 to saltwater, but live rock is expensive.

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Re: Saltwater Tanks -- Help a fish newbie out!

As I said in the first post, I'd really like to get into a setup with live-rock, coral and inverts as well as fish. I've seen several people with successful 25-30 gallon setups, so I'd love to get to that point.

I will be starting simple and working my way up. I'd get a bigger thank, but I can't refuse a free 30 gallon tank.



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Re: Saltwater Tanks -- Help a fish newbie out!

I just did a quick search and found that a few of our member's have had smaller tanks with success:

siscim23's 29 gal tank:




mario8402's 29 gal tank:


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