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  1. Default List of supplies (equipment), I will be getting, is it enough?

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    Ok, so here is the list of stuff I plan on getting:

    Power Head




    Is that alll I need or is there more, please post your suggestions!

    (I already have bubblers)

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    The size of your tank will have an effect on whether your filter is big enough, remember always get a filter which is 2x your tank volume. Also the lighting that suits the tank best will depend on your planting arrangements as some require larger amounts of light.
    My therapist says I need a bigger tank . . . . .

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    It is a 30 gallon tank :) I am just wondering if I missed any needed equipment that I am not aware of Say that I forgot a heater, you would be "you need a heater" I would appreciate you telling me if I missed anything!

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    Any answer that I would give you would be based on how I like to set-up a reef tank. There are many different ways to set-up and keep a great reef tank. Each method is a little different and better suited for some types of coral and your experience level.

    The types of corals that you want would also influence any recommendations that I would make. For example, if you just want softies or SPS could require a different approach to your set-up

    Regardless of what you want to keep, I have heard a lot of negative things about the lighting you have listed for a reef tank. I would personally look into a better quality LED fixture or T5HO

    I would also recommend a skimmer. The type of skimmer would depend on if you want a sump or not. You did not list any live rock either. That would be a important part of a reef tank

    Have you found the below thread yet ? I will help you figure out what you might need for equipment
    Last edited by Cliff; 03-06-2012 at 04:46 PM.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
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    +1 to Cliffs post. What kind of saltwater tank you are going to keep also influences what you need to get. You posted under reef so we have to assume you are getting corals; if you are getting corals, then you will need rock for them to grow on. Live rock acts as your filter, so a filter is not really necessary.

    Bubblers are not usually used in reef tanks. Saltwater makes a messy splashback, the salt will be crusting everything where the surface is bubbling. I don't recommend it.

    How much equipment you get depends on how much of a gizmo addict you are and what kind of tank you are going to keep. You could and should get a bunch more stuff - skimmer, timer, more powerheads, thermometer, saltwater test kits, a decent hydrometer, good salt mix...and then there's handy things like an automatic top off and reactors/dosers that make life much'll need to consider where you're getting your water from, as you'll want at least RO water unless your own water is pristine...

    I would read the link that Cliff posted, and all the stickies under the Saltwater forum, and look at a few tank journals. Then you'll have an idea of what kind if marine tank you want, and THAT will lead you to what equipment you should have.
    20gal long planted community

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    Not sure if you meant to post this somewhere in the FW section or not

    Regardless if you meant to post here in SW you have some HW to do and some more info to give us in order for us to have a better understanding. The thread Cliff linked you should definitely read as well as everything else you can get your hands on.

    A couple words of caution if you do plan on starting to get into SW

    1st it's EXPENSIVE!! It's do-able on a budget but you have to know where you can save a buck and where you should just spend the cash.

    2nd You need to do your hw to prepare for the experience. The more you read the better you'll be, we're hear to answer questions and don't be afraid to ask but you should know the basics (ie. live rock, how to cycle, basic flow of a typical reef tank dt to the sump, and some functions of flow and lighting)

    3rd SW is a blast!!! We all love our tanks but you have to follow the other two pointers or you'll be at risk to have a tank crash and that's a miserable experience that I wouldn't wish on anybody

    Do your homework and find out if it's something you have the budget to pursue and the passion to pursue.

    Best of luck!!
    55g Long --> After 18mo of doing well the tank crashed during moving. Most likely cause: Flatworm Die-off... won't start another until after moving... Likely not until late 2013

    20g Long --> currently concoting a build plan

    Check out the journal to follow my 20g SW tank

    "Take a chance, because you never know how perfect some things can turn out" -- unknown

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    If funds are limited in any way at all then do not even consider a reef. A fowler can be done on a shoestring but not a reef.

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    What you are looking at spending in order to have a 30 gallon reef, you could probably have a 75-100 gallon freshwater.

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    ^^^ might be the better way to go if you're tight on funds... however if you're not follow the advice given in the earlier posts
    55g Long --> After 18mo of doing well the tank crashed during moving. Most likely cause: Flatworm Die-off... won't start another until after moving... Likely not until late 2013

    20g Long --> currently concoting a build plan

    Check out the journal to follow my 20g SW tank

    "Take a chance, because you never know how perfect some things can turn out" -- unknown

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    I agree with all the folks who posted before I did. Yes, SW is an expensive start, but if you patient, it can be done for very little money compared to starting with live rock. Also, 30G is not a very large tank to start with. You can start this with just quarried rock, power heads, pure ammonia and Nitrafying bacteria. It will take a month or so to cycle with no fish, but the cost is minimal and it is a great way to learn and get into the habit of water testing. I recently did so with no live rock for my 24G cube with fantastic results.


    This tank has been running roughly 4 months or so. All is growing nicely and spreading on it's own. it is a stable enviroment and my inhabitants seem very content and stress free...

    The most important thing is: Read the sticky's!!! It's how I started back into this after a long time away from this hobby and ask questions! Plenty of good folks here will answer your questions correctly if given all pertanent information like Light output, water parameters, introduction of new things to the enviroment etc.

    Good luck!!
    Life is tough, it's even tougher if you're stupid (John Wayne)
    If you're not angry, you are not paying attention (Ralph Nader)
    9 Tanks (2-29G QT) ranging from 150G to 10G for my 1/2 moon Beta

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