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MoreOrLes
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Any Reef Aquarist here?


Thinking of getting into this


Pitfalls??? Or any Other Advice would be much appreciated.



I have done Salt water fish only before. I worked in the industry over 20 years ago. Reef keeping was much different back then....which is why i never did it.



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deaconjones35
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I used to be in this big time. I stopped about 6 years ago. I'm sure you know about Drs Foster and Smith website. They usually have the best prices and information. Plenty of good forums online with fish geeks on it. From what I understand a good protein skimmer is still a must.

I may set up a nano reef soon. Good luck.






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CP3
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My first tank was a saltwater reef tank. It's really not too hard to keep up with. I've had mine for around a year and all I lost was one fish that got eaten by another.

Get alot of live rock, and definitely get a sump setup not a canister or hang on filter. Lights are a big deal too. Make sure you have enough for what you're keeping.

What size are you thinking about getting



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MoreOrLes
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I'm sure you know about Drs Foster and Smith website.




Actually No but I"ll check it out.

Trying to decide on tank size. I have a 75 acrylic but its not reef ready.

Plan on doing a sump, Protein skimmer carbon and GFO & Carbon reactors






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CP3
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Sounds like you'll be alright then. Mines a 75g acrylic too, but it has a built in overflow. You can get it drilled since it's acrylic it's not that expensive.





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SpeckHunter
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Expensive!





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Jester
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Astrology is dumb





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Jones
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re: Any Reef Aquarist here?


forgot to respond to this but check out monsterfishkeepers.com

they have some forums on reef stuff






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Wanted to get into this for a very long time, but have not. Yet.





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meauxjeaux2
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I used to have 4 reef tanks going at once in my house and one 180 gallon with a leopard shark in it.

Was a member of the Coral Connection reef club in Kennah Brah. That place is still open. Go by and check em out. They do some amazing stuff and keep the best coral/live rock/live sand around.

Acrylic is the absolute best was to go. I was partial to my Tencor Acrylics.






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gmrkr5
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just went back to fresh water from reef... it's not that the reef is a ton more work but it's much more delicate and shite can go bad fast. hard to leave for long periods of time such as vacation, etc..





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meauxjeaux2
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Very true. Ohh and BTW,LED lighting is the way to go now. Used to be Metal Halides but now LED is all the rage.





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nahtanojc
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I got into reef aquariums about 8 years ago. It's a fun, rewarding albeit expensive hobby. Patience is required, so if you don't have it, turn back now!

I had one acrylic tank and hated it; I felt that it scratched more easily than glass. On the positive side, acrylic is lighter, clearer and as was mentioned earlier, you can drill it anywhere you want for bulkheads. I just always preferred the glass tanks- you can get them with low iron glass that is really clear, and unless it is tempered you can still drill the glass to place bulkheads where you want. (Most tanks have tempered bottom glass only, but you can add an overflow to the back glass)

lareefclub.com was always a good source of local information. Reefcentral is like the TD of reefkeeping. Nano-reef forums has good information as well.

Join the local club and you can usually get frags to begin your reef for next to nothing- good luck






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hardhead
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This reminds me


I ned to cahnge some water






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meauxjeaux2
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quote:

I had one acrylic tank and hated it; I felt that it scratched more easily than glass.
and you cannot see the scratches when there's water in it.
And you can keep Mantis Skrimpz in them.



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If you are going to set one up be prepared for the expense of live rock. It's probably the most expensive part of setting up an aquarium. I don't remember the ratio but I put just a little bit more than it called for.

Also, do yourself a favor and get a water filter so you don't have to go to the fish store for water. You need to do 20% water change every two weeks.

My tank is only 65 gallons and really the only time I have issues is when I wait too long on water changes.






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meauxjeaux2
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one of my old tanks


Tencor flatback hex when I first bought it(no water )






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nahtanojc
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The acrylic tank I had was a rimless, and the scratches that were at or just above the waterline were always visible.

Here's my latest endeavor:






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meauxjeaux2
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Nice dude. LED's?





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deaconjones35
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Nice. Purple tangs are one of my favorite fish.





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