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    You are not planning any live rock in the 30? If you are still planning on Seahorses in that tank I would strongly encourage you to rethink that. Keeping your water quality high in that tank will be a challenge enough due to it's small size, filter it with something other than live rock and you make that task even harder. Seahorses are not going to be very forgiving of poor water quality. Remember, a regular power filter will easily grow aerobic but be lacking in anaerobic bacteria. Without the anaerobic bacteria, you will not have any de-nitrification going on. That is where live rock outperforms power filters in a marine tank. Not only do you get the benefit of aerobic bacteria and nitrification, you get the anaerobic bacteria and de-nitrification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ILuvMyGoldBarb
    I know I'm a bit late on this, but, if you are dead set on a seahorse tank, I'd use the 30gal for that, and the 90 for the full reef.

    Thanks for answering my question Goldbarb! I was thinking the same thing..:) And I will get back to you about those lights!


    Thanks for the tips guys. Yes, Tuesday I am going to call the store and have him give me the information on all of the equipment, then I'll come straight here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ILuvMyGoldBarb
    You are not planning any live rock in the 30? If you are still planning on Seahorses in that tank I would strongly encourage you to rethink that. Keeping your water quality high in that tank will be a challenge enough due to it's small size, filter it with something other than live rock and you make that task even harder. Seahorses are not going to be very forgiving of poor water quality. Remember, a regular power filter will easily grow aerobic but be lacking in anaerobic bacteria. Without the anaerobic bacteria, you will not have any de-nitrification going on. That is where live rock outperforms power filters in a marine tank. Not only do you get the benefit of aerobic bacteria and nitrification, you get the anaerobic bacteria and de-nitrification.

    I did not think about that...My 30 gal is not set up for a sump and is not acrylic, how could I go about getting that done, and how expensive will it be?

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    You don't really need a sump to have a healthy and thriving tank. You would just need to have about 30 lbs of good quality live rock and some low to medium flow (powerheads) in the tank. I know one person on this forum that has a great seahourse nano tank like that.

    A filter can help if you use it for chemical filteration (like carbon or phosphate removers) but it is not a must if you have a lot of good quality live rock that will be able to grow the de-nitrifying bacteria
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    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Okay great..thank you, Cliff!

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    When you start your first tank, I would suggest starting a tank journel here

    It's a great way for everyone to follow along. It's also a great way to ask questions if you get stuck as all of your set-up's info is in one thread. Plus, I love reading about new set-ups as they come togther.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff
    When you start your first tank, I would suggest starting a tank journel here

    It's a great way for everyone to follow along. It's also a great way to ask questions if you get stuck as all of your set-up's info is in one thread. Plus, I love reading about new set-ups as they come togther.

    Okay, that sounds awesome! Where do most people write the journals??

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    In the SW Journal Forum which is a sub-forum of the General SW Forum.
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    I just read in another of your threads that you'll be going back to college in the fall. How do your new saltwater aquariums fit into that plan? Are you going to tear everything down and take them with you? Will your dad be doing water changes every week on two aquariums?

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