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Tropic Home 09-04-2009 11:54 AM

Beginner Saltwater Tank
I live 200 yards off the beach in Costa Rica. I would like to start a saltwater tank with my 5 year old and stock it with fish we find in the tide pools. The plan is to use water from the gulf and add more as needed (weekly, monthly..???). My question is can I use a regular hang on filter like a Tetra Whisper or Aqua Clear. I've been told I should step up the size to double what the tank is. We plan on starting with a 20gallon. All advise is appreciated.

Pasfur 09-05-2009 05:37 AM

I will be honest with you, I see total disaster with this idea unless some good research and planning are done first. This could be a great idea, or a horrible idea.

The most important question I have is what types of fish you plan to house in this aquarium. Have you researched the local tidal species that are available for you?

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