02-01-2008, 07:00 AM
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Lemeshianos, I agree that you should only count the water that is actually used (i.e. gallons) remember that if the tank also uses a sump, then you can use the water gallons that are included in the sump as well. this also just a rule of thumb, and can be adjusted based on type of fish, and overall water qualirty.
As far as the clean-up crew goes, you want to add clean-up cresw over time, and the ratio will work itself out. if you don't have enough then your tank will eventually show the signs, if you ahve to many, then you will have some empty shells.
As far as a used tank goes, it depends on personnal preference. When I have bought used equipment in the past I ask alot of questions about prior use, how long it has been in storage, any chips, cracks or defects, and I also look at overall condition of equipment. Used tanks can save you alot of money, that you can utilize on better filtration, and or lighting.
Again, this is free advice, and it is worth what you pay for it. I am new to forum, but have over 18 years in saltwater and reef tank experience. I also know that the initial cost, is overwelming to alot of new saltwater tank keepers, and any advice to save money is more they can use to upgrade equipment.