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xrayjeeper83 05-11-2010 09:17 PM

4 gallon salt tank??
Im getting a 4 gallon bow front tank tomorrow off craigslist. I was thinking a shrimp farm but was looking around here and now am wondering if a 4 gallon would be big enough to do a salt tank? Or is it to small and to much work to work out well?

And im a total noob at salt so if this is a possibility i will be searching and asking a lot of quesitons


teddyzaper 05-11-2010 09:25 PM

I think its way to small to be possible. you would be doing water changes every day, wouldnt have anything but maybe a shrimp and a snail or two and amybe 1 really easy coral. the lighting would cost a fortune and it would take a while to find pieces of rock small enough to have a decent rock structure.

xrayjeeper83 05-11-2010 09:37 PM

thats what i needed to know, thanks.(probebly just saved me a small fortune) :lol:

bearwithfish 05-12-2010 08:43 PM

now i have to argue a little here.. i have seen pico type salt water tanks that are 3 gallons and look wonderful and have mainly inverts and corals in them... the issue is that changes happen fast and with such a small water volume you have to be vigalant to catch things fast.... so i guess i am agreeing that it would not be a good beginer reef but i am also saying it can be done... as for lighting ... there are always ways to make lighting work fairly cheep if you look around and DIY a little :)... sorry had to toss my 2 cents in

xrayjeeper83 05-12-2010 08:53 PM

2 cents is good. Thats what forum's like these are all about

You had me thinking till I read that you agreed it would not be a good beginner tank.

On that note what size do you think would be a good beginner tank? I may be stepping up to a 10 instead

bearwithfish 05-12-2010 09:03 PM

ok well opinions here vary as well.. some would say never jump into salt with less than 55 galons.. i am not that guy however. i would say that based on the fun i am having and the small issues (solved with my LFS) i have had i personally wouldn't start a salt tank with less than 20 gallons.. this is just a preferance as more volume gives more stability and a better chance to catch things early... as of right now i am in my first salt tank with a 29 and i intend to add a 20 gallon sump for added benifits such as volume, filtration, and temperatur stability....again it is a mattter of opinion.... first step is always READ as much as you can and while i would never ever say poor things about this site (it really is my favorite) check out others also and get a feel for the knowlage that is available to you......

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