11-21-2013, 05:03 PM
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Let my give you my own dirty little secret.
If you start the tank with macro algae, everything else is secondary. To the point of being moot.
Then you can start with the largest tank you can afford.
Which will be even larger because you don't have to spend lotsa money on live rocks, live sand, skimmers, filters and the like. A few inexpensive power heads would be nince tho.
To protect the macros you could just partition the tank so the back 3" is a macro area and the front is the display.
After initial setup let the tank run for a week then add a single male molly. Then don't add food for a week. After the molly has lived for 2-3 weeks you should be good to go for the more expensive marine only fish.
Best tank ever.
and just my usual .02