07-23-2012, 06:38 PM
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220 gallon too big for a beginner??
I've kept freshwater fish since I was a teenager and recently picked up a 75 gallon tank dirt cheap. I thought about setting it up for green spotted puffers (brackish water) and then converting to full marine when they got full size. (This is what was suggested to me when I expressed an interest in the puffers.) However, before I even started to set up the tank, my husband got me a 220 gallon tank! Now I'm thinking I should just forget the green spotted puffers and start out saltwater. We only have the tanks and stands (no equipment at all yet) and I know that realistically, it's probably going to be a few months before I will even put fish in it. I really want to make sure I have a good set up and know what I'm doing before I get any fish- I don't want to kill fish right away. It's certainly not good for the fish or me! I've been reading a lot on this and other boards, articles, etc., but I'm still a novice. My question is: would it be better to start the 75 gallon tank as I'm learning and then move to the 220, or should I just start out with the 220? I know there will be more money involved in the 220. thoughts??