Saltwater beginner basics
Right now I only have experience with freshwater tanks, but I would like to start planning for a saltwater tank (years in the future, when I can afford it!)
Would it be possible for someone to give me a crash course in setting up a saltwater tank? The equipment, tank size, tutorial on live rock, etc?
I have heard that live rock is not necessarily needed and you can get dead (?) rock, is this true?
Obviously I have no idea what I'm talking about and plan on buying books to learn about this process in the future, but for now I would really appreciate a general idea how how to set up a saltwater tank with some interesting specimens.
Live rock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
What Live Sand Is and How It Is Used in a Saltwater Aquarium - Page 1
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Yes, you can use just dead rock. People use this becaues its cheaper and it does not come with unwanted hitchhickers.
Thanks Reefing Madness!
I will certainly look over these articles. I'm discovering that I'll need a larger aquarium size, because this is better for beginners (is this correct?) and also another tank to sit underneath the display tank to house the sump (would you suggest a sump? I'm reading that it might be difficult to plumb and can cause leaks).
I think that my first tank, I won't start out with a reef tank. I've heard that the corals can move about, and can get stuck in the filter intake and die (!). Do you think it would be safer for me to begin with just live (or dead) rock?
Thanks again for all the help! I really appreciate it; I know it can be pesky to have to answer all these newbie questions.
Thanks for the information! I'll be sure to add a reef ready tank on my wishlist (though it does sound expensive, probably won't be able to afford it for quite some time.) I'm glad that I know all this before starting out - I started my freshwater tank pretty much blind and uninformed, and though I was lucky to not have any casualties, it was really frustrating to deal with problems that arose.
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