09-24-2011, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Vnessa123456
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.
Good first saltwater tank would be like a 30 gallon. Easy to watch water parameters and cheap to do water changes. As for a sump, thats up to you. It basically better to have one, because of the things you can keep in it to filter your water naturally. Chaeto, string algae, carbon, things that will be out of sight and not an eye sor in your display tank like, skimmer and heaters. I don't like sumps for the reason you said, overflows and floods, unless you get a Reef Ready tank which is alreaady drilled for a sump, it can get difficult. But the Reef Ready tanks make sumps alot easier to deal with. I tell people to get like 10-20lbs of Live Rock and the rest of what they need using base rock (dead rock), the Live Rock critters will seed the dead rock. As for corals running around the tank and getting stuck in your powerheads and dieing, those would be Anemones, they won't stay where you initially put them, they detach from the rock and float around the tank. those are the only things that I know of that do that, unless i'm missing something.