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  1. Default Total newbie interested in starting a reef tank


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    Hi guys. As mentioned in my intro post, managing a fish tank was something of a passion of mine at a really young age. I got my first fish tank (freshwater) when I was 8, and all the way to 15 years old, I have maintained just about every kind of freshwater fish that was reasonably priced at the LFS. Until the day my gf at the time gave me one of her kittens, which managed to find its way to my poor fish.

    Anyway. Fast forward to almost 20 years later...where I see a small reef tank in a pet shop back home while visiting my parents. My passion for it came back full on. So here I am, to ask questions before I go out and buy anything.

    First off, my budget right now is a bit limited, as I'm also deeply involved in another hobby (woodworking - which can tie in to this). Secondly, I currently lack space, so a 20 gallon is probably as far as I can go.

    Before asking anything else...should I pass on trying to setup and maintain a reef tank at this moment?

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    I should clarify that when I say I have a limited budget, I mean that I don't have a large amount available to drop on this right now. Thinking along the lines of a few hundreds (shopping used, if possible), and adding 50-100$ purchases here and there over time.

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    start reading the stickies at the top of the saltwater and reef subforum. loads of great info in there! it really helped me get started.
    Last edited by Crispy; 09-25-2012 at 12:14 PM.
    Thar she blows!!!

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    I would not suggest buying things here and there as you go. If you start buying stuff before you know what type of reef tank you want, you will most likely end up replacing/up-grading your equipment latter on. I had to learn that lesson the hard way. I would also suggest saving up your money so you could get a larger tank as well. The bigger the tank is, the easier it will be to keep the parameters stable which is key to a reef tank
    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
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    The size of the tank isn't a cost issue though. It's available space that limits me. 20g plus a sump is definitely the most I can accomplish. As to which type of reef tank I want, from my reading, I'd go for a bare bottom, mainly coral (possibly even only coral until I get a proper hang of things). I would be fine with any corals in this list, assuming it is accurate.

    I'm very patient, and have no problems with starting out small and boring to learn the ropes.

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    There many different ways to set-up a great reef tank. I would not take that list as the "right way" to do it. For the last two tanks that I set-up, I took the time to look into all the different options and pick the one that was the best for me and the planned inhabitants. Reading through some of the tank journals here could also be somewhat helpful with that as well.

    Glad to hear there is another wood working hobbyist here as well. I've always enjoyed making my own tank stands, canopies, and other furniture around the house
    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
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff
    +1 to the above

    I would not suggest buying things here and there as you go. If you start buying stuff before you know what type of reef tank you want, you will most likely end up replacing/up-grading your equipment latter on. I had to learn that lesson the hard way. I would also suggest saving up your money so you could get a larger tank as well.
    I will not buy a single thing (except a used tank if I find a good deal) until I know exactly what I want, and until it gets approved by experts here. This is why I am happy to have found this place. The last thing I want is to kill off corals and/or fish, or to quit in frustration because I got in over my head.

    The problem with saving up money is my other hobby. If I let my extra cash stash grow too big, I'll be buying woodworking tools!

    Also of note, I am a huge DIY-er. I already have looked up plans for making my own tanks, in case I can't find a good used deal. I will be building my own stand, and every other component that can be a DIY project.

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