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fishboi 06-06-2010 01:31 AM

Starting a nano reef tank
hi guys i was just looking for some advice on starting one and maybe some links to good websites
because most of them contradict each other thanks raff

wake49 06-06-2010 08:20 AM

Is this your first saltwater tank, or just your first nano?
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teddyzaper 06-06-2010 10:22 AM

what size is the nano? that will help alot in suggestions.

bearwithfish 06-06-2010 10:24 AM .. start here wake, pasfur and many others here are the saltwater guru's and really know their stuff.... i can toss out a word from time to time but if you read my posts you will see that even i have recently made some major errors in choices....... after this link ask a feew more very specific questions so we can advise

fishboi 06-07-2010 02:04 AM

i am planing on a 40 g nano reef tank i went to my local aquarium and they said it would cost at least 1000 dollars by the way i live in australia if that helps :-)

fishboi 06-07-2010 02:05 AM

oh and also this would be my first saltwater tank

bearwithfish 06-07-2010 06:56 AM

ok well lets start at the begining shall we? 1st most fish stores are by necessity a business first so of course they will tell you it will be expensive and attempt to sell you all sorts of things that are "needed".... this is only partially true, yes salt water is high cost and can get very very daunting if you try to do it all at once.. that said there are so many projects that you can do slower and often DIY that you can cut the cost in half with some research and a bit of time shopping around for items that will serve the purpose you desire.... for example my LFS sells a light that costs about $200 USD i made a hood with 2x 6500 dayligh bulbs and 1x 10k bulb for under $60 USD granted it took a bit of time and a lot of effort but to me doing these things is more rewarding and a lot more cost effective... moving on to sand and rock again utilizing patience i was able to get 45 pounds of base rock for $40 USD and then bought 10 pounds to seed it at commercial rate and traded for a bit more....

this can be an incredible project and you will find the adventure truly addictive opps i mean interesting but remember do not always take your LFS at their word even great fish stores need to pay their bills and make sales..

teddyzaper 06-07-2010 07:23 PM

buy everything that is the mechanics online, its cheaper and usualy better quality. make sure you ask about stuff before buying because some stuff isnt necesary.

fishboi 06-10-2010 01:01 AM

thanks guys for a different perspective :-D

bearwithfish 06-10-2010 07:13 AM

i hope we actually helped... LOL soooooo whats the plan???

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