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wumpus 10-25-2009 09:17 PM

First Saltwater tank
I want to try to run a saltwater taqnk and I have no idea where to start. all the directions I find are for starting a 30+ gallon tank. Ideally, I would like to start a ten gallon tank just to see the ins and outs of a saltwater tank. Any advice would be helpful (how do I get started, what will I need, what kinds of fish are good for beginners ect.)

Pasfur 10-25-2009 09:23 PM

For starters, saltwater beginner aquariums are best in the 55 to 75 gallon range. Aquariums under 55 gallons are much more difficult to maintain and require much more time to care for.

That being said, the basics of all marine systems are the same. You want live rock, aragonite sand, and a protein skimmer. This will be the entire filtration system.

I suggest at this point that you visit the "Pictures and Videos" section of this web site and read some of the "build" threads. These threads will give you some great exposure to successful tanks and how they were designed.

I can't give you much more at this point, because your question is so broad. There are literally entire books written that answer this question. I think after reading a few build threads you will have some more specific questions, and we can certainly tackle them one at a time.

wumpus 10-25-2009 09:33 PM

thanks, I'll look into a bigger tank. There may be a problem with money though because I'm not very old and really only have about $70 to spend on new equiptment.

Pasfur 10-26-2009 06:52 PM

Ok, then lets get your hands wet on a $70 budget. Tell me exactly what equipment you have, and what size tank.

wumpus 10-27-2009 08:07 PM

I've got a ten gallon tank with a heater and aqueon 10 filter for it. Also, as far as money goes I can make and extra $10 a week.

Pasfur 10-27-2009 08:34 PM

No, no. I mean the EXACT equipment. What type of heater? How many watts? What about lighting and lid? Is the lid glass or plastic? What about the gravel bed? Decorations? Water conditioner? Tell me EXACTLY what you own.

willieturnip 10-28-2009 12:56 PM

Just out of interest, have you seen the prices of the "little" things like salt or RO water for example? I couldn't even fill my next tank with water for $70..

wumpus 10-28-2009 06:36 PM

Ok, the heater is a 50 watt Hydro Theo heater, the hood is a 20" All-Glass full hood, for water conditioners I have stress coat, algae treatments, and "Easybalance biological conditioner. As far as gravel and decorations, the only gravel I have lying around is a weird mix of shells and gravel that a friend gave to me but I have all sorts of fake plants (backround, fore ground etc.) they look like lilypads grasses and anarchis, I also have a small cave an a loop of rock but I don't know what help they'll be.

Pasfur 10-28-2009 07:00 PM

10 lb bag of Instant Ocean salt, $6.00 Instant Ocean Aquarium Salt - 10 Gallon - Box | Marine Salt | Salt Mixes | Aquarium -
Hydrometer $7.49 Deep Six Hydrometer | Hydrometers | Testing Equipment | Aquarium -
Aragonite sand $16 Marine Substrate - Aragonite Sand #1 - 20 lb. | Buffered Substrate | Gravel & Substrate | Aquarium -
Test kits $37 Ocean Master Test Kit | Master Test Kits | Test Kits & Refills | Aquarium -
Buffer $5 Superbuffer dKH - 250 g | Saltwater pH Regulators & Buffers | Water Treatments & Additives | Aquarium -
Carbon packs for Aqueon10= $6.00 Aqueon Medium Filter Cartridge - 3 pk | Filter Cartridges | Aquarium -

That makes $78 plus shipping. You can have a VERY basic marine setup with the equipment above. I am personally willing to play along and entertain this idea, helping you every step of the way.


The moment you do something outside of the rules I will provide, you no longer get my help. It is that simple. You see, these systems almost never work. The reason they don't work is because the people I help stop listening to me and do something outside the box. Over the years I have become extremely frustrated by this and have completely stopped even trying to help somebody who has such a limited budget.

However, it has been a few years. So, if you want to be the test subject, the one person who gets the opportunity to prove to me that it IS POSSIBLE for someone to show self-control and follow set rules, then I'm willing to play along.

So, do you want to try this? If you do, the "rules" will follow. :-)

wumpus 10-28-2009 07:12 PM

Sure, just give me the "rules" but one thing, I forgot to list that I have liquid test kits for both ammonia and nitrite. Thanks

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