Thinking of setting up a saltwater tank, and have a few questions.

Discussion in 'New to Reefing' started by SJG8, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. SJG8

    SJG8

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    KS
    Hello,

    I have had freshwater fishtanks for a while, but I am thinking of setting up a saltwater tank now. So far I have planned for where I will get the live sand, rock, and corals. I would like two clown fish, and possibly a white sea star or something else. What size tank should I go with? What would pair with the two clown fish good?


    Also......kind of a weird question, but do all saltwater tanks get bristle worms/fire worms? I just came across that on youtube looking at salt water tanks, and it kind of freaked me out. I have a paranoia to centipedes, and having something resemble them in my fish tank would really freak me out. I can deal with it if necessary.....I am just wondering how common they are.
     
    SJG8, Mar 15, 2013
    #1
    1. Advertisements

  2. SJG8

    cvcdrk

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Messages:
    817
    Likes Received:
    80
    Location:
    Drexel Hill, PA
    For the tank size question, I recommend you go with the largest aquarium you're able to have and afford. For people just starting out in this hobby it is significantly easier to keep a system with a larger amount of water. The more volume, the more room for error.

    I feel like a 40 breeder or 55gal would be a good size for someone new to the hobby and they won't kill you on the budget if you have one.

    No not all tanks get pests. You can control what sort of critters come into your tank if you're that anal about it. You'll just want to cure all your live rock carefully OR (and I recommend this since it would be cheaper)....just go with dry rock and a small piece of live rock from a tank with no pests.
     
    cvcdrk, Mar 15, 2013
    #2
    1. Advertisements

  3. SJG8

    AnthonyTheNewbie

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,511
    Likes Received:
    216
    Location:
    Denville, NJ USA
    If you plan on doing corals, be careful with starfish. Some will eat corals. Welcome too the hobby and forum :). I agree, 55 Gallon is a great size too start with. If theres a walmart near you they usually have a sale on 55 gals for like 170ish with 2 HOB filters, a heater, and cheap led lighting to get you started :).
     
    AnthonyTheNewbie, Mar 15, 2013
    #3
  4. SJG8

    SJG8

    Joined:
    Mar 15, 2013
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    KS
    Thank you both for your help. Hmmm....I may hold off on a saltwater tank for now then :/. I already have a 56g with goldfish. I had another 30g that had imported fancy goldfish in it, but I sold it a month or two ago. My husband doesn't really support the hobby, so he probably wouldn't be very happy with me buying another large tank :(. The largest I could probably get away with right now is 20g.
     
    SJG8, Mar 15, 2013
    #4
  5. SJG8

    Smitty

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    9,609
    Likes Received:
    1,587
    Location:
    Chicago/Oaklawn IL
    Hello and welcome to the site...a 55 gal would be a good size tank to start off with...bristleworms are common hitchhikers, and most tanks eventually get them...but you'll rarely even see them.
     
    Smitty, Mar 15, 2013
    #5
  6. SJG8

    ob_on3

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    SJG...don't get discouraged...they said they recommend u start with a 55g but that doesn't mean u have to...it only benefits u when it comes to error and certain fish...but many people here have 10s 20s and 30s that do fine and look great...u just have to make sure u do ur research and stay within ur boundaries and u should be fine....if I had a 20g I would try and see where it goes...my best advice...do ur research keep in touch with the forum many good people here to help and get ready to spend money cause saltwater is a drug!!
     
    ob_on3, Mar 15, 2013
    #6
    SJG8 likes this.
  7. SJG8

    AnthonyTheNewbie

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2013
    Messages:
    1,511
    Likes Received:
    216
    Location:
    Denville, NJ USA
    A 20 Gal would be absolutely fine. You can do some amazing things in a smaller tank and it costs a lot less to fill it up :p. Whatever you choose, i wish you the best of luck :).
     
    AnthonyTheNewbie, Mar 15, 2013
    #7
    SJG8 likes this.
  8. SJG8

    ob_on3

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2013
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    11
    Location:
    Brooklyn, NY
    +1 Anthony....definitely cheaper...just gotta be precise!!
     
    ob_on3, Mar 15, 2013
    #8
  9. SJG8

    rems

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2012
    Messages:
    67
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    USA
    I am new to the hobby and I have a 20 gallon tank so there's no reason that you shouldn't be able to do that too! Just make sure you do plenty of research and BUY BOOKS! Good luck!
     
    rems, Mar 15, 2013
    #9
  10. SJG8

    Marinne13 Northern Reefer

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    1,187
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    Great Falls, MT
    agree with ob_on3 and Anthony...there is nothing saying you can't do a 20G but again like they said, do your research before you dive in
     
    Marinne13, Mar 15, 2013
    #10
  11. SJG8

    Laz

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    London, UK
    Hi and welcome.

    No no, you absolutely do not have to get a big tank. I have a 12G with two clowns, a small nano. A 20g would be absolutely fine for what you want.
     
    Laz, Mar 15, 2013
    #11
  12. SJG8

    one800nak

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2013
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    brooklyn, NY USA
    for a small 12 gallon like yours. what kind of filtration do you use?>
     
    one800nak, Apr 6, 2013
    #12
  13. SJG8

    Laz

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2013
    Messages:
    181
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    London, UK
    Just 12 pounds of Live Rock as filtration and I run some carbon along with it. 10% weekly water changes,too (although, I have done it on 2 week intervals).
     
    Laz, Apr 6, 2013
    #13
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.