keeping in mind other options
I am looking at all my options and I like saltwater fish and thinking of getting a 10-20 gallon tank.
-What is the maintenance for a tank?
-What can I put in the tank?
-How and what should I do to set it up?
- any other things I didn't get you know
This is a very difficult question, because most people spend a couple of months reading and doing research before beginning a marine aquarium project. We can't really start from the beginning and provide you with all the information. So instead, let me give you some basics to guide your reading and research.
All marine aquariums should be set up using live rock, aragonite sand, and a protein skimmer as the only method of filtration. Special lighting might be required as well, depending on the live stock you wish to keep.
This is also highly difficult because of livestock issues. These smaller tanks are best suited for reef environments, but a mini reef is an extremely difficult advanced level project. If you try to only do fish, then you are limited to keeping only 1 or 2 fish in such a small tank, which doesn't justify the costs.
What is your budget for this project?
no budgets yet...I have a month or 2 to get prepared and learn about what i would be getting into. I have read some of your other posts and seems not too difficult but I beet it is at beginning right? I want to see what it is like with salt water because i want to e a marine biologist. I also love Clown Fish.
-What exactly is a protein skimmer?
-What is live rock really? Reefs?
Update: I might get a 55 gallon tank instead of a 10-20 if that helps at all?
For example, a protein skimmer is a filtration device that removes organics from the water.
So, your next question is "what are organics?" and "why do they have to be removed?"
Organics are a form of waste that need to be removed to prevent nitrate buildup and carbonate depletion.
So, "what are Nitrates?" and "what are carbonates?"
You see my point here? ;-) You absolutely have to do a few weeks of reading before you start asking questions. This will give you the necessary background to ask relative questions, and to get the clarification you need to be a successful marine aquarist.
I suggest you do the following:
1) Look at these "build" threads:
These are just 3 random threads of various sized marine tanks. Reading these threads will give you a ton of knowledge.
2) Read these articles:
3) Read this book by John Tullock: Your First Marine Aquarium - Google Books
Try not to get discouraged by conflicting information. You do need to realize that there are many ways to approach this hobby. On this forum we believe that less is more. We focus on setting up the tank correctly in the beginning, using the right equipment and buying the right test kits, so that you can spend more time watching your tank and less time hauling around buckets of water. This can be done on a reasonable budget, without going crazy with technology. However, there are some basics that are necessary, and we tend to be bulldogs about making sure you do the basics correct.
Enjoy you reading. Feel free to ask specific questions as necessary.
By the way, live rock is rock that is home to microscopic life and microfauna, such as copepods, amphipods, and other very very small marine life. It also houses all the beneficial bacteria needed to maintain a healthy marine system. Live rock is the primary life support of your tank, and I personally believe that the availability and affordability of live rock is what makes marine aquariums far more successful today than in the 1980's and early 90's.
How do protein skimmers work? What do I need for them?
Where would i find the lights? How do I time them for the times of day?
What do I need for a QT?
I read everything and working on the book. I love the idea of a saltwater tank really interesting.
also I think I will want to go with an acrylic tank... one with an internal overflow system already in that can attach to the protein skimmer. In total how much would tank+stand+protein skimmer+anything else cost total and individual prices...Links to online sight would be very much appreciated. I just want to know how much I should save up for.
-Also sand or live rocks first? I have heard different things on that...I bet rocks first
-Links to anything please
So since I want to make a Live rock aquarium... I know I need a protein skimmer and the air flow current creator(spacing name) What else do i need? I have been watching majority of LAfishguy's videos and they seem very complicated and expensive..What do i need to run the tank...I know how to set up and maintain now but don't exactly know all the equipment(don't have the resources to hire a professionals)
Would you recommend these skimmers?
Aquarium Systems SeaClone 100 Protein Skimmer Sea Clone 100 Protein Skimmer
EShopps PSK-75 In-Sump Protein Skimmer
What else would i need for them...can i also possibly get links to a tank suitable for them? acrylic or glass and or internal overflow system if needed
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