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Can I start a saltwater?

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Can I start a saltwater?
Old 01-01-2012, 01:27 PM   #11
 
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OMG and WOW! See jdiaz.... I rest my case!
He didn't even mention that the fish start at $75 bucks a piece AND UP.... what if one dies...? What if the whole tank dies? I've heard of that too.
And yet some of the salt people in here make it all seem so easy. Suffice it to say, spending the money on decent equipment is half the battle.
(I'm trying my first planted tank instead). You've made a wise decision.
It really is not all that bad. Truely. I got all my stuff used.
240g tank and stand for $450
Powerheads off E-bay $40 for 6400gph, would be much less for a smaller tank
Sand, that all depends on what kind you get, but around $30 for his 29g.
Skimmer rated at 60g, a good one, for about $150
Refractometer $45
All Dry Rock, you don't need any Live Rock, usually the dry rock will run you $1 a lb, or you can use a MarcoRocks Aquarium Products which is very good. RO/DI I got from E-bay for $100. A 55g barrel to house the water for $14. Thats about it. The fish, well I never bought a fish for $75, I never spent over $35 for one, but I always get teh juvi fish, around 3-4". You can spend way more than $75 on exotic fish, and at full grown also, thats up to the owner. But, really, its not that bad. It looks tougher on paper than it is to actually do.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:42 PM   #12
 
I know to fast is bad and slow is a go, I have seen damsels cheap and I don't think that I would buy a super expensive fish right away. If I do start it I will just have the live rocks first before I do anything else. Where I live there is alot of people that sell rocks on craigslist cheap. I also saw an add for some free birdsnest, Don't know how much they cost but hey, free.
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Old 01-01-2012, 01:54 PM   #13
 
Free is always a good thing.
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:12 AM   #14
 
Your tank is good enough for a fish only with live rock, no corals. get your self some live rock, a cheap swing arm hydrometer (have it calibrated against the fish stores) and a small power head or two for water flow to get started. Buy the basic water test kits for the initail cycle to start and relax and read up on stuff you will get later on. If you want soft corals later on you will need better lights and a refugium or skimmer, if you want hard corals you need better lights, water flow, rodi , skimmer, and a whole spectrum of test kits. Salt water tanks can be set up and maintained fairly easily just go slow and listen to everyones advice but choose you own direction.





55gl tank, 40gl refugium, tap water, 2 bulb t-5, 2 cheap power heads. I ran this system for two years when others said it couldn't be done and that i would have major problems. Make it simple and take it slow and enjoy.
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Old 01-30-2012, 09:03 AM   #15
 
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OMG and WOW! See jdiaz.... I rest my case!
He didn't even mention that the fish start at $75 bucks a piece AND UP.... what if one dies...? What if the whole tank dies? I've heard of that too.
And yet some of the salt people in here make it all seem so easy. Suffice it to say, spending the money on decent equipment is half the battle.
(I'm trying my first planted tank instead). You've made a wise decision.
here in so cal salt water fish start at $ 2.99 an corral the same i have a 10 gallon with hob no protein skimmer all is well so far
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:03 AM   #16
 
i would do alot of research before thing about salt water i have been doing research and gathering supplies for months and still dont think i will be able to start a salt untill about aug.

and i wouldnt use regular flurecents on any type of salt tank because u would be overrun with nuisance algae
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:37 PM   #17
 
I am trying to get some lights for my tank. Might get some soon. Thing is that there was one made for my size tank and I decided to buy something else, dam. And the lights where only 30 dollars.
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