im a nembie and well need help...
Well I just took my old fish tank out of our garage since my girlfriend would like some animals in the house. Im 21 years old, no experience. Im pretty sure my tank is a 37 gallon, its 12'' wide and 30'' long and i think 22'' tall. Looking at fish yesterday we decided on going with salt water.. just way better looking fish plus all the cool coral and stuff. My tanks isnt very old and has the cover with a light and filter included but it hasnt been used in years.I turned it on and the light works but im not sure about the filter... I just need to know basically what are the big steps i need to take to get started. i know i need to buy smashed coral or whatever instead of normal gravel, and half cup of sea salt per gallon of water.. what else?
Welcome to TFK!! i would start here Water Quality Reference
READ read and then read some more LOL... research a lot before you actually start up there are a lot of ways that work and a lot of good information out there but the basic articles in that link are a great place to start then come back and ask more questions to get clarification on anything you may need.. :)
Honestly.. I wouldn't do salt. There is so much more to salt then freshwater, which has a ton of stuff to learn on it's own. Also a 37g is small for a saltwater tank, doable yes but without experience it's much easier to kill your fish.
You will probably have to replace the light if you want corals anyhow and the filter will need to be upgraded as well most likelly. You will have to spend some decent coin to get it all going. $1000 is not unreasonable by any means. Not meaning to sound negative, but I would hate to see you get your fish and have them die on you or start buying stuff and realize you cant afford to finish the tank. The ongoing cost of salt alone adds up.
My bad.....Unable to Delete Link. Anyone care to lend a hand to above link I should not have posted?
What do I need to start a saltwater aquarium?
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