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post #1 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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questions about saltwater tank

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I would love to do a saltwater tank a 10 gallon fish only how much would every thing cost if i did that like the lighting and everything and would i have to get a subpump???
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post #2 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 02:04 PM
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This is my own personal opinion, as I once attempted a 10g saltwater aquarium,

Unless your planning on dealing with invertebrates, etc, a 10g is not worth the effort to maintain a saltwater tank with what you can put in it. Ok people fire away at me haha.

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  • 4 Beta's, 3 Pleco's, 4 Convicts, 4 Fire Belly Toads, 4 Serpe Tetras, 3 Angel Fish, 5 Tiger Barbs, 2 Rosey Barbs, 2 Cherry Barbs, 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 YoYo Loaches, 3 Ottos, 2 Yellow Labs, 2 Snails, 1 Black Tiger Barb, 1 Pictus Cat, 1 Balla Shark, 1 Rainbow Shark, 1 Ghost Shrimp, 1 Oscar, 2 Chinease Algea Eater,2 Tadpoles
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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lol well then if thats true i wont ever do it bc im not spending 1000 dollars on a tank!!
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post #4 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 03:43 PM
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I think even just jumping up to a 20 gal greatly increases what you can keep.

  • 55 Gal x2, 30 Gal, 20 Gal, 20 Long, 10 Gal x 3, 2.5 Gal, 1 Gal
  • 4 Beta's, 3 Pleco's, 4 Convicts, 4 Fire Belly Toads, 4 Serpe Tetras, 3 Angel Fish, 5 Tiger Barbs, 2 Rosey Barbs, 2 Cherry Barbs, 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 YoYo Loaches, 3 Ottos, 2 Yellow Labs, 2 Snails, 1 Black Tiger Barb, 1 Pictus Cat, 1 Balla Shark, 1 Rainbow Shark, 1 Ghost Shrimp, 1 Oscar, 2 Chinease Algea Eater,2 Tadpoles
  • 4 Ferrets,3 Gerbils, 2 Cats, 1 Dog
  • 1 Child, 1 Girlfriend
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lol well then if thats true i wont ever do it bc im not spending 1000 dollars on a tank!!
Well, post your budget and we can go from there.

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post #6 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 06:57 PM
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lol well then if thats true i wont ever do it bc im not spending 1000 dollars on a tank!!
Actually, depending on the species you keep, the difference in a tank with inverts or corals, as compared to fish only, would be rather small, especially for a 10 gallon tank.

That being said, the idea of keeping such a small aquarium for your fish marine setup and attempting to do so with inverts or corals is probably more than most people should attempt. I would personally suggest that you stick with your initial idea, which can be done rather inexpensively.

I agree, a budget would be the starting place in this conversation.
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post #7 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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yea but i still got to spend over 1000 buks ill stick with freshwater.. my figure 8 puffer in my african tank is doing really well..!!
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 10:38 PM
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you should still see what you can spend, and then keep an eye out for sales, or craigs list, or people moving etc, see if you can make a good deal.

  • 55 Gal x2, 30 Gal, 20 Gal, 20 Long, 10 Gal x 3, 2.5 Gal, 1 Gal
  • 4 Beta's, 3 Pleco's, 4 Convicts, 4 Fire Belly Toads, 4 Serpe Tetras, 3 Angel Fish, 5 Tiger Barbs, 2 Rosey Barbs, 2 Cherry Barbs, 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 YoYo Loaches, 3 Ottos, 2 Yellow Labs, 2 Snails, 1 Black Tiger Barb, 1 Pictus Cat, 1 Balla Shark, 1 Rainbow Shark, 1 Ghost Shrimp, 1 Oscar, 2 Chinease Algea Eater,2 Tadpoles
  • 4 Ferrets,3 Gerbils, 2 Cats, 1 Dog
  • 1 Child, 1 Girlfriend
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yea but i still got to spend over 1000 buks ill stick with freshwater.. my figure 8 puffer in my african tank is doing really well..!!
I think Pasfur's point was that you DON'T have to spend $1,000 to keep a smaller nano type reef or FOWLR.

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-09-2011, 11:26 PM
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I would also like to point out that my original post, was not meant to say you can not have a 10 gal saltwater tank, only that I personally don't consider the extra work of cleaning salt deposits, and keeping proper salinity, etc worth the enjoyment of a 10 gal saltwater tank. I am sure there are plenty of people here that will disagree with me. It is all about personal choice. I hope that I did not discourage you from attempting, I was only trying to suggest that one size up on the tank wouldn't cost you very much more and the value vs cost becomes worth while. Again in my opinion. :)

As far as inverts go, a friend of mine enjpyed keeping live rock, snails and some sort of worm/centipede things that lived in the live rock. She kept it in a 10 gal, and was fairly simple upkeep. So thats what that reference was about.

  • 55 Gal x2, 30 Gal, 20 Gal, 20 Long, 10 Gal x 3, 2.5 Gal, 1 Gal
  • 4 Beta's, 3 Pleco's, 4 Convicts, 4 Fire Belly Toads, 4 Serpe Tetras, 3 Angel Fish, 5 Tiger Barbs, 2 Rosey Barbs, 2 Cherry Barbs, 2 Odessa Barbs, 2 YoYo Loaches, 3 Ottos, 2 Yellow Labs, 2 Snails, 1 Black Tiger Barb, 1 Pictus Cat, 1 Balla Shark, 1 Rainbow Shark, 1 Ghost Shrimp, 1 Oscar, 2 Chinease Algea Eater,2 Tadpoles
  • 4 Ferrets,3 Gerbils, 2 Cats, 1 Dog
  • 1 Child, 1 Girlfriend
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