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    Well hey wuz up? I'm always running my mouth about something so here it is. I really want a saltwater aquarium. I do have experience with small freshwater tanks and my stepdad has a little water garden with koi in it. I was wondering which do you guys prefer saltwater or freshwater. I really wanna do a saltwater one but what are the pros and cons and stuff like that. just gimme some info on the aquariums you like that way i can decide the cost and everythign else. well hope to see your posts!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/unclesam.gif[/img]
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    unless you're willing to fork alot of money over, don't do saltwater right now... for beginners you'll need a big tank, especially if you want fish. a 55 gallon minmum for a tank of fish is probably right. Next there are the costs of life sand, crushed coral, salt, protein filters, tidepool filters, ph and ammonia testers, nitrogen testers, lighting, expensive fish food, and most of all the fish and coral themself. if you want a really nice looking 55 gallon tank be prepared for your wallet to be 1,000 dollars smaller [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img]

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    well i knew all that would be calculated into it. i already did the cost and I know what I'm looking at but the thing is i want to do a saltwater so badly I am willing to forget the cost and cry my eyes out everytime I buy something fof it lol. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/wow.gif[/img] this face looks like a fish. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img] man I saw a kit that comes with everything expect the supplies to fill it with and it was $1000. so i'm looking at around $2,000 -3,000 i think, [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
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    I've done both.
    I like saltwater, but as you know it's expensive. Just the salt gets very expensive if you do a 25% water change every 2 weeks. You probably should change the water every week.
    I have a 40 gallon planted discus tank. 1st time for real plants. I've had this tank over 4 years now. I change my water twice a week, thank goodness I do not need salt.
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    Hey I had a discus tank for years! Planted, too! I got two, and darned if they didn't have babies. Except that they gradually, um, consumed them. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif[/img]

    Anyway, aside from cost, the biggest difference between salt and freshwater is maintenance. While your enthusiams is all revved up (and believe me, I'm very familiar with this), it seems like it's not big deal, but over time, the amount of work you have to put into it makes a big difference. I think one can make a freshwater tank that is absolutely stunning, and have it be relatively low maintenance, and for that reason, that's the way I'd go. Of course, if you decide to keep discus, it's possible for it to be even HIGHER maintenance than salt. Keep it simple! I'd love to get fish again, but when I do, I'll probably get goldfish so I don't even have to heat the tank!

    Hey elgecko, that's a really beautiful tank! However, I think you have WAYYY too many fish for a tank that size. That's the right size for 2 discus and a few neons maybe! With 6, you'll have to do extensive DAILY water changes.

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    beautiful tank. yeah that's what im worried about. i mean my mom had an aquarium and she always took care of it. but somehow a disease got into the tank and she couldn't save her fishes.she had never seen the disease b4 so she didn't know what it was. i think my mom will help me with it and so will my stepfather. i'm afraid of the maintenance part. i know there's so much to do but do you check everything every day or once a week? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (wolfpackgurl @ Mar. 24 2004,15:45)]beautiful tank. yeah that's what im worried about. i mean my mom had an aquarium and she always took care of it. but somehow a disease got into the tank and she couldn't save her fishes.she had never seen the disease b4 so she didn't know what it was. i think my mom will help me with it and so will my stepfather. i'm afraid of the maintenance part. i know there's so much to do but do you check everything every day or once a week? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html312/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
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    hmmm interesting.
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