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Stop me from going Marine!
Old 12-20-2011, 02:35 PM   #1
 
Question Stop me from going Marine!

Hi, Can you help me out please people ?

Im seriously considering converting my 120 litre tank over to marine but have been a bit put off by the price of everything. At the moment I have Gourami's, Clown Loaches and a couple Angels so wanted something different with only a couple of decent fish in the tank instead.

What fish could i replace this lot with ? Im after something bigger, that has a bit of personality and I dont really want more than 3 fish in there.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
 
You pay a whole lot more and get to keep a lot less fish.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:21 PM   #3
 
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if the initial cost is preventing their will be a cost that continues to grow while up keeping the tank. electricity adds up and even if your parents pay for it, you'll constantly need salt, alk, mag and cal supplements, and food.

i hear they say if money is an issue for a saltwater tank, your best having the dream freshwater one.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:34 PM   #4
 
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if the initial cost is preventing their will be a cost that continues to grow while up keeping the tank. electricity adds up and even if your parents pay for it, you'll constantly need salt, alk, mag and cal supplements, and food.

i hear they say if money is an issue for a saltwater tank, your best having the dream freshwater one.
Good advice, I know what you mean. Cant get my head around paying out for a 200 skimmer so you prob right.
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:49 PM   #5
 
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when i say electricity im talking 8-10+ things plugged in and running high wattage lights. adds up and should be costs to think about.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
 
I just had this conversation with my uncle...

I was thinking a 75g reef or even a small 30g nano cube reef....

In the end I am good with the rockscape of my mbumba tank.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:54 PM   #7
 
i would go salt if i was u
30gal is perfect for ur first fowler witch can be cheaper then a reef
im about to do the same thing
u can find cheaper equipment used on craigslist or ebay
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:36 PM   #8
 
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I wouldn't to FOWLR unless it is a very large tank and you like fish that are not reef safe. What I have seen happen over and over with my clients and customers is they start with smaller tanks like that not planning to go reef. Well two months later when they have all the fish they can have and they see those coral frags it is just too tempting. Inevitably they try a mushroom and zoanthid, they do well, and they are addicted. Just plan on going reef eventually.

Reef tanks do cost more to setup, but craigslist and many other online places can save you a lot of money on the rock, lighting, skimmer, etc. I prefer to see all livestock with my own eyes first so I actually know what I am getting.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:29 PM   #9
 
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If you really want to do saltwater, do your homework first. They are a lot more sensitive and harder to keep than fw. but I think the reward is greater. A good starter to learn on would be a 20g Long. Preferably with a sump, but it's not necessary.

Does it cost more? Absolutely it does. IS the initial cost greater? Yup. But I think it's worth it when you get that first "WOW!!" reaction.
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:44 PM   #10
 
its worth it
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