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Starting a salt water tank

Postby jonfr on Sat Apr 07, 2007 1:07 pm

I have dedicated to give a salt water tank a second try. But what is the minimal size that I can use. I know that 12 liter tank is too small for long term use.
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Postby Pollux on Fri Jun 08, 2007 12:30 pm

are you still going to try it again jonfr?
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Postby jonfr on Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:08 am

I am still going to try. I am going to start a warm saltwater tank soon. I am not sure when I can try a cold saltwater tank, since that requires a different setup then a warm saltwater tank.

I will problay get me a 100 liter tank, or about that size. Since I don't room for a bigger tank.
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Postby Donya on Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:25 pm

Missed this one, sorry. Anything around 100L is a great starting size, since the water volume will help keep the water temperature/quality/etc. stable. The first tropical saltwater tank I set up with my family a long time ago was around 100L, and that one was always really stable. The first one I set up myself later was around 18L, and it was much more difficult because I was constantly battling temperature and pH changes for the first several months. Larger is generally easier because of the increased water parameter stability, and anything in the 75-100L range is also small enough that the equipment needs should be pretty basic as long as the goal isn't corals. Sounds like a good start!
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Postby jonfr on Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:05 pm

Corals are way to expensive for me, but they also require a temperature of 27C to 31C and that might not fit the snails as you say in the other thread.
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Postby jonfr on Fri Jul 27, 2007 4:15 pm

I will start a salt water tank next month. If anyone has any pointers for me to use, please post them here.

thanks. :D
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Postby rpilla001 on Fri Jul 27, 2007 10:35 pm

It's been ages since I kept a salt water tank. Just be careful if you want to keep snails. Many eat live fish and can also be highly poisonous. I doubt you will find those at your LFS

I caught my stock off the beach on shallow reeefs. I once had an live olive snail that ate everything in my tank in less than a week. I never saw him once. He burrowed into the sand and would harpoon passing Sargent Majors.
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Postby jonfr on Sat Jul 28, 2007 3:02 am

All the snails that live in my area are cold sea snails. So they can't live in a 25C salt water tank that I plan to setup. But I plan to setup a salt water snail tank, with snails that eat algae and the green stuff. Not predator snails. I also might get few blue mussels and other type of animals to put into the salt water tank. :D
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Postby jonfr on Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:12 pm

After some observations I now believe that the snails that live on the coastline where I live can withstand a 25C warm ocean. As the rock they live in often goes up to ~28C on a hot summer day.

I have started a small tank to prepare the first habitats of my salt water tank when it is ready.
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