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SeaSerpant 12-13-2007 07:45 PM

Saltwater Aquarium Help
Hi i'm considering having a saltwater tank in a few years. I need all i need to know (i know nothing). How much would the average cost :BIGcha-ching: What kind of tank i will need :BIGhmm: What kind of fish are good :BIGnervous: How to make a saltwater aquarium :BIGsurprise: What do i need to keep it alive :BIGtongue: Should i have coral :shake: or not :BIGvault: What fish would do well with coral. ECT. ECT. ECT. You shold know.

Nathanrb4 12-13-2007 08:44 PM

Mate i didnt know anything about them either when i started i actually walked into the shop looking to get a small freshwater tank and walked out with a 20g selfcontained tank. i live in the north queensland, australia so i also had to buy a chiller. all up for the tank and chiller i think i`ve spent $1000au but depending on where you live you may need a heater instead of a chiller which will probly save you $400-$500.

After getting it home and letting it run for 4 weeks i`ve probly spent another $600 on live rock, fish, inverts and corals (had a few mishaps before i got my chiller). The two clownfish and the valinti puffer i`ve still got seem to be the hardiest as they have been there throu it all. my blue tang is mental and seems to stress out and get white spot at the smallest things.

I`ve also found that you can get this garlic stuff that you mix the fish food with that is supossed to help keep them healthy which seems to work really well. other than that get a full reef test kit and test your water atleast once a week. stuff like over feeding and even the smallest dead fish can make a diff. and you need to stay on top of it.

besides from the water changes and feeding my tank now pretty much looks after itself and it was worth ever cent i spent on it. i`ve swapped my tv for my tankin my bedroom and now spend alot of time infront of it.

hope this helps even alittle.

SeaSerpant 12-13-2007 08:49 PM

Well that doesn't help much because i want a fairly small aquarium. maybe 8 gallon but since i didn't specify it that doesn't help. So thanks for trying but it's my fault that you couldn't answer my question sorry.

Nathanrb4 12-13-2007 08:57 PM

8g is only small but you could probly put some liverock in it and acouple of small clown fish in it. maybe even a shrimp and a small aneome probly wouldnt have to spend to much. you`d have to get the right filter and let it run with saltwater for afew weeks (you need to do this to let the good bugs grow in your filter to keep you tank clean once its occupied). if you cant get saltwater you can buy salt and mix your own. again if its cold where you live a heater for a tank that size would only be $20 and i`d still say get a full test kit. the smaller the tank the faster bad stuff will happen i think.

SeaSerpant 12-13-2007 09:04 PM

ya thats probably true. Thats why i'm posting almost on all the posts to help me. I hope they take this rudely. I really want to get at least a clownfish. Would a regal tang fit?

SeaSerpant 12-13-2007 09:10 PM

I hope nobody takes me posting for help rude if so please tell me

Rogergolf66 12-13-2007 09:10 PM

best rates on stuff if you get it used from the paper or somehting. you want to get a tank with a stand lighting, live rock, protein skimmer, sump, powerheads, pump, plumbing since you are new and don't know what you need to do. getting a setup that has already been up and running this will be the easiest way to get started and lean on your first tank

Nathanrb4 12-13-2007 09:10 PM

yeah if you got one small enough. you need to have some structure on the bottom for it to hide in if your getting a tang.

Rogergolf66 12-13-2007 09:12 PM

Start reading everything you can. that is the best start you can get.

SeaSerpant 12-13-2007 09:15 PM

thanks. I'm posting on everything to get help. Thanks for the info. What i most need to know is the cost for everthing. what the average for the aquarium to cost the sump, light, live rock and all that other stuff.

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