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    okay 10 gal it is!!! at least the fish would be happy!!

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    personally i would start out with tropical and if i can take care of them i would start on salt
    but thats just my opinion...
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    If you insist on having a small tank, go with 29 gallons minimum. I'm saying that for your own good... please trust me.

    10 gallon is WAYYYYY too small to be practical.

    To do it right, you should really start with a 55 gallon tank.
    but 29 gallons is "doable"..although still really small.

    anything smaller than 29 gallons should not even be considered IMO..

    see recent thread:
    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...=112660&page=3

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    and just in case you dont believe me!
    the "salt-water comminity" generally considers a 40 or 55 gallon tank the absolute minimum, and the "starter size" for a saltwater aquarium:

    http://www.qeok.com/fish/458-qeok.html

    http://www.fishlore.com/SaltwaterAquariumSetup.htm

    http://faq.thekrib.com/sbegin-setup.html

    http://aquarium.union.rpi.edu/articles/setup.html

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...5183303AAEfNFB

    yes, people do keep smaller saltwater tanks, even down to 10-gallon.
    but you will find that sucessful 10-gallon tanks are built by people who are already very experienced in the hobby and know what they are doing!

    the "nano tank" (a very small saltwater tank, 10-20 gallons or smaller) is considered the realm of the VERY experienced and skilled hobbiest.

    in the aquarium world, fresh and saltwater, bigger is better.

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    woah..I just read back through more of the posts on this thread..

    Polywer,
    I see you are 10 years old..
    PLEASE dont even consider starting fishkeeping with a salt-water tank!
    start with a fresh-water tank instead.

    not because you are 10 years old, thats irrelevant...I would give the same advice if you were 50 years old.. but because anyone who hasnt kept fish of any kind before is MUCH better off starting with freshwater..its SO much easier! (and its not all that easy either! it takes some experience and learning to "do it right"..)

    If you havent yet, please read through this thread:

    http://www.terraforums.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=112660

    for some of the trials and tribulations of starting up a new freshwater aquarium.

    Start with a 29 gallon aquarium to do it right..(or larger if you have the money and space)

    Another thing that wasnt discussed much in this thread is the sheer amazing $$COST$$ of doing a salt water tank..
    you are talking $2,000 just to get properly started.

    You can set up a nice 29 gallon freshwater tank from scratch for $250.
    even less if you look for used aquariums..which are actually pretty common, because many people give up on the hobby after awhile.
    probably because they dont know how to do it right and get frustrated with failures..there is a TON of bad advice and misinformation in this hobby..
    but its not hard, and its very rewarding, once you get the hang of it..

    check your local craigslist..This one in New York City popped right up:
    http://newyork.craigslist.org/brx/for/652294772.html
    $125 for a complete 29 gallon setup..
    thats a good deal.


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    but i am a $100 budget

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    Quote Originally Posted by polywer2345 View Post
    but i am a $100 budget
    Sorry for the bad news, but thats only about enough to get you a powerhead, heater, and another tiny item. You need to save more money.

    But don't get discouraged! Find a way to earn some money, or just wait till' the holidays come around and ask for some cash from your relatives. Or....If your parents are really nice, they'll buy you the tank for your birthday or the holidays.

    If you insist on having a small tank, go with 29 gallons minimum. I'm saying that for your own good... please trust me.
    I totally agree with you on the whole small tank ordeal, but the only reason I said 10 gallons is because this kid seems pretty set on getting a small tank. I figured I'd try to convince him to at least get a slightly larger one than the sizes he listed. I don't think we're going to change his mind on purchasing a larger tank all too much.

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    Start with a 29 gallon aquarium to do it right..(or larger if you have the money and space)
    I agree. I might even lean towards the 55 gallon side more, but at the least 29 gallon. BUT, I also know that it is possible to have a 10 gallon reef. I kept one for about a year, so it's possible, just not recomended.

    Another thing that wasnt discussed much in this thread is the sheer amazing $$COST$$ of doing a salt water tank..
    you are talking $2,000 just to get properly started.
    I agree again. Not only the cost of getting properly started, but just the upkeep. Food, chemicals, salt, water, electricity, cleaning, etc. But it is a very rewarding hobby.

    But don't get discouraged! Find a way
    100% AGREE. There are gonna be times when you'll want to pull your hairout. dead fish, dead corals, corals that never seem to be happy, mixing saltwater, chemicals, water tests, cleaning, cleaning. It will be a learning process

    HAPPY REEFING!!!!
    Here's to the first of the of the day fellas!! To old, D.H. Lawrence!!!!

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