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post #1 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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Is saltwater tank harder to maintain than Freshwater?

I have a 29 gallon Freshwater aquarium and i was just wondering if a salt water tank is harder to maintain tha a freshwater tank?
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:22 PM
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Re: Is saltwater tank harder to maintain than Freshwater?

Hi Rich,

To my knowledge, yes. Somebody else here had the same question. When I went to the pet store, the sales clerk warned against getting a saltwater tank unless I had a lot of experience maintaining freshwater fish already because a saltwater aquarium is that much more complicated. Also, it is much more expensive. My 55 gallon tank and stand came to $89.00, but we weren't finished with the setup until $1300.00 dollars or so later. Of course, that includes fake plants and fake coral, but it ended up costing quite a bundle before all was said and done. We just got our "real" fish yesterday, a Dog Face Puffer. It is so incredible to watch and keep that it has made the investment well worth it.
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I have a 29 gallon Freshwater aquarium and i was just wondering if a salt water tank is harder to maintain tha a freshwater tank?
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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well thanks alot. My freshwater tank wasnt very cheap. I spent quite a few dollars on it. Thanks again.
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:31 PM
Just to give you an Idea I have a 72 gal w/ a 20 gal sump. With everything fish and all ran me around 5,000 dollers
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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WOW!!!!! ARE YOU SERIOUS?????
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:38 PM
One weekend me and my wife added up everything we have bought for the tank including fish that have died and it come to around $5,000. But I have a reef system. When I had my 29 gal set up for saltwater it was only 200-300 dollers if that.
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:39 PM
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Wow, I figured a 72 gallon would cost a good deal more than my 55 gallon, but that is more than double! Was it the coral that was so expensive? What is a sump?
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Just to give you an Idea I have a 72 gal w/ a 20 gal sump. With everything fish and all ran me around 5,000 dollers
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:44 PM
The most expensive was the lighting system, Then the live rock which cost anywhere between 6.99/9.99 per lb. and then the corals. A sump take is a take that sits below the main tank and is protien skimmed, filtered and whatever else is done to the water. then is pumped back into the main tank. I'll insert another pic of my tank in 1 min. so you can see.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:51 PM
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Hi usmc,

I posted a question about the sump tank in the "Maintaining a Saltwater Aquarium" forum.

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A sump take is a take that sits below the main tank and is protien skimmed, filtered and whatever else is done to the water. then is pumped back into the main tank.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-01-2006, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks For the info and thanks warninig me how much i could spend
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