12-30-2009, 07:51 AM
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What kind of tank were you thinking of doing?
Just to let you know, this is the Saltwater Forum. In saltwater tanks, three types reign: Fish Only (FO), Fish Only With Live Rock (FOWLR) or Reef Tank.
First, FO is just that: fish and fake decor. Not a huge challenge, and therefore not a popular choice.
The next, FOWLR, serves a better purpose: the Live Rock (and possibly Live Sand) is the filtration in the tank, coupled with a quality Protein Skimmer. This choice lets you keep the more aggressive fish in a more natural enviroment.
The last choice, Reef Tank, is the toughest choice. Invertabrates, such as shrimp, crabs, snails, etc., are present along with other inverts, such as LPS and SPS corals. Fish are not the main attraction in these tanks, as the selection is limited to species that are "reef friendly". Reef tanks are also very dependant on light fixtures. You will find that this will be one of the most expensive pieces of equipment you will purchase.
I have no personal experience with either of those tanks. I prefer a standard all glass aquarium myself.
You will find that things that are most important in this hobby are as follows:
1) Enough Live Rock and Live Sand to be a beneficial filter for your system
2) A good quality protein skimmer
3) Always test Alkalinity and Calcium. These are the most important water quality tests in your tank. They will let you know exactly what is going on in your aquarium.
4) Fish selection and compatibilty
You should research this hobby, just to have a good amount of info going in.
Welcome to the forum.