Welcome, Guest
Username: Password: Remember me

TOPIC: A new ball of wax.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71590

  • ~rush~
  • ~rush~'s Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Senior Mod
  • Posts: 4895
  • Thank you received: 492
  • Karma: 41
For the few who have popped into the saltwater section here, you probably know that I've been flip flopping back and forth between starting a salt tank back up. It's been on my mind a lot lately and strangely enough, last night I had a bit of an epiphany. Why not do a FO tank? For the past several years the only thing that had entered my thought process was a reef tank. Which, while appealing, has its draw backs. Price, paraphernalia, time commitment... A Fish only tank could serve as something equally as interesting but a lot less expensive (maybe) and just less maintenance in general (I think).

If I did a Fish only tank, it would be as follows. 75g tank with probably two or three good sized power heads, Marineland C360 canister for additional filtration. Maybe a Current Sat+ marine led. I would probably want a pump for water changes... that is I would have large Rubbermaid container sitting next to the tank, something hardy around the 15-20ish gallons range - maybe a cooler would work too - that I would use to mix the salt in and get water temp up to a match. Obviously I'm not going to lift that and dump it into the tank, so a pump with some vinyl tubing would be nice to have so I can just plug it in and pump into the tank. And that's it. That's literally all the equipment I would need. So new I would need -

www.bulkreefsupply.com/hydor-koralia-evolution-850gph.html 2 Koralia 850's 90.00
www.bulkreefsupply.com/aragonite-fiji-pi...-40lbs-caribsea.html 55lbs reef saver rock, 80lbs Fiji sand - 253.00
www.bulkreefsupply.com/pumps-plumbing/aq...powerhead-pumps.html Marineland maxijet 1200 26.00.
www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_disp...4+36148&pcatid=36148 Finnex marine LED 140.00

Total 509.00 before fish.... Well, I guess I'm not really going to be saving a whole lot of money going this route...
"My Country is the World, and my Religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
The administrator has disabled public write access.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71591

  • JakeB
  • JakeB's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Microgeophagus ramirezi
  • Posts: 35
  • Karma: 0
Great idea and good luck. I kept an aggressive FOWLR tank in the past and loved it. I think that's why when I switched it to a freshwater tank I went the oscar route.
Tank: Display 450 g; 2.5 ft tall and deep by 9 ft long with 100g sump

zebra oscar x 1
red severum x 1
green severum x 1
convict cichlid x 1
tin foil barbs x 4
featherfin cat x 1
The administrator has disabled public write access.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71602

  • ~rush~
  • ~rush~'s Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Senior Mod
  • Posts: 4895
  • Thank you received: 492
  • Karma: 41
Yeah I'm leaning back towards the 40g reef option. Might as well use the 400 dollar skimmer I have sitting in the basement, and drill the tank, get a sump going and have a setup for a coral tank should I go that direction in the future. A FO tank would probably be a lot less stressful (maybe) but it just doesn't quite make as much sense knowing I'd be spending almost as much money, but utilizing less of my equipment.
"My Country is the World, and my Religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
The administrator has disabled public write access.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71605

  • Rob167
  • Rob167's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 2226
  • Thank you received: 184
  • Karma: 15
i was reading up again on sea horses, and have an extra 56 tall...

scary part... everything i read says... plan on never taking a vacation....

ive never done salt, but the look is tempting...
180 oscar/silver $$s/pleco
75 female JD
125 Malawi
29 Serpae / danios/ angel
10g dwarf gaurami / Neon tetras

98 lb Irish cream Labrador retriever
200 year old miserable jack Russell rat thing ( came with wife)- RIP 6/11/17
2 english bulldogs
9 year old- for sale- doesn't do chores-
The administrator has disabled public write access.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71613

  • ~rush~
  • ~rush~'s Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Senior Mod
  • Posts: 4895
  • Thank you received: 492
  • Karma: 41
I lean more and more every day towards doing the salt tank. I'd love to pull a bunch of your fresh water guys over into the marine world. It's incredible. Nothing against oscars or other big CA/s and SA/s but salt is just different.

I will keep a detailed journal up when I get going and you guys that have some interest will hopefully be swayed to make the jump over.
"My Country is the World, and my Religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
The administrator has disabled public write access.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71620

  • Rob167
  • Rob167's Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Platinum Boarder
  • Posts: 2226
  • Thank you received: 184
  • Karma: 15
whats a good starter size?

i have an extra 29, 56 and 75..

i started reading up. there is a ton difference..may down size a few tanks.. not really interested in plants, but the coral and fish look amazing
180 oscar/silver $$s/pleco
75 female JD
125 Malawi
29 Serpae / danios/ angel
10g dwarf gaurami / Neon tetras

98 lb Irish cream Labrador retriever
200 year old miserable jack Russell rat thing ( came with wife)- RIP 6/11/17
2 english bulldogs
9 year old- for sale- doesn't do chores-
The administrator has disabled public write access.

A new ball of wax. 3 months 2 weeks ago #71621

  • ~rush~
  • ~rush~'s Avatar
  • OFFLINE
  • Senior Mod
  • Posts: 4895
  • Thank you received: 492
  • Karma: 41
My first salt Tank was a 29 gallon. Most veterans seem to recommend around 55 gallons as a good beginner tank. This is definitely more forgiving than starting with a 10 gallon however it will cost you more upfront to get off the ground. I think around 30 gallons is a good start personally.
"My Country is the World, and my Religion is to do good." -Thomas Paine
The administrator has disabled public write access.
Moderators: sprout, ~rush~, screwsloose
Time to create page: 0.108 seconds
Powered by Kunena Forum