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Looking to Buy 1st saltwater tank

Discussion in 'Buy/Sell/Trade' started by Ryan H, Dec 30, 2017.

  1. AdamLawrence Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Snice you work in CR you are more than welcome to stop at my place I'm in marion.

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  2. abower Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Guys, this is his first salt. Let's keep it basic and go to level 2 later.

    I agree with Adam. Damsels are pricks. Cut them out unless you want to so an aggressive tank with predators.
     
  3. Alex Crittenden GIRS Member

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    BRS has a lot of good info on youtube. Researching before you get going is a huge part of success. If you can learn and plan as much as possible up front it'll save you headaches later on. I understand being antsy to get things up and going, but if you're patient now and learn you'll be super thankful in a year.
     
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  4. Ryan H

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    Thanks Gang
     
  5. Ryan H

    Ryan H

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    I just always heard it is a good idea to start with damsels since they are cheap and helps know your tank is ready for fish. So if I am just purchasing a tank and stand what else would I need to get started? All Glass tank no holes drilled or nothing...
     
  6. Ryan H

    Ryan H

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    Thanks Adam
     
  7. clown man Well-Known ReefKeeper GIRS Member

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    I got that 90 tank stand and sump be a good jump start tank is drilled
     
  8. Derek34

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    I also agree with staying away from Damsels. They most likely will cause you stress and headaches down the road. Also as others have said going bigger is better. If you go small you will just end up spending more money to go bigger down the road. I know!! :) In my opinion you are ahead to get a pre-drilled tank. If you don't you will have to rely on an overflow box. I used one for a while with no issues however they do increase your chances of having a flood if they quit working. You don't have this worry with a drilled tank (also known as a reef ready tank).
     
  9. abower Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Buy an emerald crab. $8, decently hearty but sensitive to ammonia. If you decide you dont want him (thry cause no harm) they move an i.pressive foot a minute. If you put a damsel in there and want him out later you'll go mad. You will never catch him without pulling all the rock and even then is a feat of strength
     
  10. AdamLawrence Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    My wife and I tried catching a 6 line wrasse once it took 4hrs and the removal of the rock just to pot him in a time out lol


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