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Old 12-13-2007, 10:30 PM   #11
 
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depends on the size? a used tank you can figure about 1$ per gallon

That is like asking how much will it cost to get a car from 10,000-1,000,000 The same goes for a tank. Fish only tank much cheeper then a tank with corals because of maintanince cost.

I will say after time everyone wants the next level. Whether it is in tanks or jobs or cars or anything in your life you will want the next level

specific questions like that is good. What else do you want to know?
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Old 12-13-2007, 10:35 PM   #12
 
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what i ask on top. almost everything. but would coral look better. i like the anemones that i see and the fish. i kind of want to recreate a finding nemo seen i'll post a picture from it that i want my tank to look similar to it. i think it's the part when nemo is about to go out to touch the boat. but not with the view of the boat but the opposite one. Basically i want a nice looking aquarium. could you find a picture that would have a good place for a tang and a clown fish. And i'd like to know what i would need for that kind of tank that would have a tang and a clownfish and other snails and fish that will clean up the tank.
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Old 12-14-2007, 06:42 AM   #13
 
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Mmm I'm not sure but if you only want a small tank you could just buy a nano cube and it might save you on cost... Maybe :S That's all I'm going to do. They seem easy enough to take care off and come with lights and a pump already built into it. And for a 8 gallon your probably only looking at like 100 - 150 bucks for tank and stand... Well I'm pretty sure... It depends on your location but I'm sure you could find an even cheaper one online. But that doesn't include all the equipment you'll need on top of that... Theres no way to know for sure but don't be surprized if you spend like 800-1000 dollars on a saltwater tank. They aren't cheap. And things could go very wrong very quickly. You should get books on setting up and maintaining a saltwater tank before you start making any purchases. That's what I'm doing. You don't want to spend like 300 bucks of fish and then they all die on you... Good luck, I recommend you do a lot of research.. Not just simply asking people on the forum. People are the forum have A LOT of knowledge and can help you out but it might be better to do some research yourself, like go to the fish store and start looking at equipment and seeing how much it will cost you. And then if you have any further questions that your research never answered I'm sure people on the forum would be more then happy to help out. I can't really help you because I don't have a sw tank. But like you said on my post. We are in the same situation
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:55 AM   #14
 
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well if you are looking for finding nemo a regal tang dory has to be in a min. 75 gallon tank as she grows very big

as far as an anemony you now need to look into so high end lighting. again depending on the size of the tank but you will need some strong lighting for most anomone. and most anomone should not be tryed to a novies
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:45 AM   #15
 
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Ok so i don't want a Regal Tang. If all the fish were to die in my 55 gal tank from some unknown disease. Either i would start a saltwater aquarium or i would just keep it. Does anyone know a good book to buy on this stuff?
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Old 12-14-2007, 09:15 AM   #16
 
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The best thing to do is make a list of everything you want and then google search each thing then read read read. If you have a question about a topic I think you will find a lot of help on the forums but in my oppinion the questions you have ask can not be answered in a couple of paragraphs.

Other and I would be glad to help you out. very simply the bigger the tank the more it cost and the more it will cost to maintain.

Select the size tank.
Then select what you want to keep in it.
Then we can select lighting
Then we can select filtration
Then we can select flow needs

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Old 12-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #17
 
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Ok I Want 8 gal nanocube. Preferably used.
I want some clownfish (i need ideas for fish that will go with clownfish)
Coral and a CUC as in snails, shrimp, and crabs
I'd want an anemone and some other coral (i need ideas)
Would i need a sump or refugie?
I have a stand already (my desk)

Now what kind of filtration do i need?
What kind of lighting do i need?
What kind of flow do i need? (what do you mean by flow?)

Is that specific enough?
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:04 AM   #18
 
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Just thought you should know that if you don't have any exsperiance with Salt water tanks that will be a difficalt setup to maintain. The reason is because the most important thing in sw tanks is to maintain water consitancy and with only 8 gallons of water the temp swings and salinity and other water parameters will have large swings in a short amount of time.

But I would go with 2 32watt power compact lights with reflectores. you want a turn overrate of about 5X-10X per hour so there pump will only have to be about 40-80 gph and you will want a flow in the tank of about 10-20 times per hour 80-160 gph powerhead. filtration you can either use a biowheel or live rock for your filtration. you realize that 3 fish would be a very heavy bio-load on this system. If it was me I would get the smalled maiting pair of clowns that I could find. and anemone and some zoathides and a few mushrooms and call it a day.
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Old 12-14-2007, 07:08 PM   #19
 
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Ya i get what your saying but what i don't get is this [quote]you want a turn overrate of about 5X-10X per hour so there pump will only have to be about 40-80 gph and you will want a flow in the tank of about 10-20 times per hour 80-160 gph powerhead.
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What do you mean by this. I'm not familiar by the terms. So if you can inform me i'd be better off.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:28 PM   #20
 
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Well the tun over rate is how often all the water in the display tank goes through your filter/sump

the flow rate is how much water your power heads move water around in the display tank

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the number I gave you were on an 8 gallon tank

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