03-09-2007, 06:21 PM
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new aquarium after five years
Hello, I used to have a nice saltwater aquarium a few years ago. I had it for about three years and really enjoyed it. All my fish were over two years old with me and I was very attached to them, so were my children. One day after a water change the night before, I woke up to find all my beloved fish dead. I never found out why they died, I don't recall doing anything different from the other numerous times I had done filter and water changes. Anyhow, after over four years, I am wanting to have an aquarium again. I have two empty tanks, (before i just had one, a 30 gallon. a 40 was given to me by a neighbor recently.) a 30 gallon and a 40 gallon. I have nothing else, only the tanks. I would like to do this as most cost efficiently as possible. I am not a casino nor am I a Thai restaurant so I don't need anything too flashy or elegant. I just need to care for some nice fish. And have them happy and healthy. My plan is this, I want to connect the two tanks water together into a sump so that I can consider it to be a near 100 gallon water containment. I want to have a few exotic fish that requires a certain minimum size. I need filters and lights too. Feels to me that I have a lot of work cut out for me. I would be grateful and appreciative if some of the experienced do-it-yourselfers could give me some advice, suggestions along with equipment names, model numbers and costs. Man o' man I love fish! I can't wait to see my kids faces lit up and their eyes all big in front of the aquarium again.
Thank you very much!
p.s. I should mention that the two tanks i have are rectangular tanks.