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kalaofkona 12-05-2008 12:56 PM

first timer! :(
hi everyone im new and looking at getting a 55 gal tanks. just wondering what i need to get started. im not sure if i want to get a salt for fresh how hard is a salt to take care of vs. freshwater??? i really love all the saltwater and freshwater fish. any and all advice is welcome (the more the better :) ). thanks guys!

Cody 12-05-2008 04:34 PM

If your new, dont do saltwater. You need to research, research and research and have a good amount of experience.

andulrich4all 12-05-2008 04:36 PM

I have a freshwater tank and it really isnt all that bad to take care of. It can be very fun as well, especially if you get into planted aquariums. Like Cody said, just research a lot!

Have fun!

flight50 12-05-2008 05:39 PM

took the words out my mouth. if your new to fish, leave the saltwater to more experienced hobbyist. i wouldn't even do saltwater myself. expensive to setup and run vs freshwater. a planted fresh water would be fine and rewarding. or you could go with cichlids without plants. thats about as close you can get to saltwater appearance wise with fish. i strongly advice you to research and perform a fishless cycle. alot less headache. you must be patient though and the payoffs will be alot better and less expensive.

iamntbatman 12-08-2008 12:44 AM

As others have said, saltwater is much, much more expensive than freshwater and requires a lot more research in order to be successful. I, too, recommend starting with fresh. Also, for practical reasons, 55 gallon tanks make poor saltwater tanks as they're tall and long but not very deep front to back so can be a pain to set up live rock in.

So if you're going freshwater, no matter what you're stocking the tank with, you're going to want to cycle it first. I strongly recommend reading up on the aquarium cycle and doing a fishless cycle on the tank.

Supplies you'll need:
-A good liquid test kit, like the API Freshwater Master Test Kit
-The tank and a stand
-A glass canopy
-Lighting (how much you spend here depends on whether or not you're interested in keeping live plants, and what sorts of plants you want)
-Heaters (two 250 watt heaters would be great)
-Filters (what you get really depends on what you plan on keeping - lightly stocked tanks need less filtration, messy fish or a lot of fish needs more)
-Food (going to depend greatly on the type of fish)
-Gravel vacuum
-A large bucket for water changes
-Water conditioner (AquaSafe or Prime are good choices)
-Thermometer (the floating glass type is fine)
-Substrate (aquarium gravel, crushed coral, sand...the choices are aesthetic in nature but also depend on the fish you want)
-Decor (do you want live plants? Do you want a natural look with driftwood, rocks and plants or do you like the resin decorations for sale at stores?)

That's about all I can think of for now. Get the supplies that you'll need no matter what, come up with a stocking plan for the tank, get the rest of the supplies and start the fishless cycle.

kalaofkona 12-09-2008 03:41 PM

thanks guys! this has all been really helpful! im looking at either a 29 or 55 gallon used freshwater tank that would come with everything that i need. again thank you!

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