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Old 10-23-2016, 9:18 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I am new to the saltwater hobby. I have had a fresh water tank for about 2 years. Switching to saltwater. I am told it's way more complicated than freshwater. Hoping to learn a lot from the hobby enthusiasts.

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Old 10-23-2016, 9:31 PM   #2
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Welcome Ron, Ask all the questions you want. We will help where we can.

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Old 10-23-2016, 9:33 PM   #3
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What type of tank are you planning to keep? SW isn't necessarily more complicated depending on the type of FW you kept and the kind of SW you want, but it is different and can be less forgiving IME. What type of FW tank did you maintain?

Welcome to ARC! The folks here can definitely provide great advice.

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Old 10-23-2016, 9:38 PM   #4
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Thanks guys.. I have a FW with African chiclids. I got a separate tank and would love to setup a reef tank but someone told me to first start with sw fish to kinda try and get the hang of things then eventually start the reef tank.

Any recommendations on good starter fish that I can get to start the tank?

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Old 10-23-2016, 10:23 PM   #5
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Welcome to ARC and the money pit. You first need to let us know the size of the aquarium you plan to use. Then what equipment, i.e. Skimmer, power heads, return pump, lights, sump, no sump, etc. Based on that info, we could make reasonable suggestions as to what stock to try. The only caution that I would provide is this: Know that nothing good happens in this hobby fast. Good luck!
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Old 10-27-2016, 11:12 AM   #6
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SW requires more patience and a few added things you didn't have with the cichlids. Like evaporation and salinity levels. A few more parameters to keep track of and trying to keep a balance with the inhabitants. If you think African cichlids can fight - try 2 clownfish that HATE each other.


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Old 10-27-2016, 11:40 AM   #7
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Welcome to the community. We have some really amazing members who always willing to offer great advice. We're waring you ahead of time it's incredibly addictive. Lol

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Old 10-27-2016, 6:33 PM   #8
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Thanks guys already feeling the love.. I have a 55 gallon with two wave makers, 2 heaters some rocks and a canister filter. Really excited!!!

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Old 10-27-2016, 8:40 PM   #9
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Welcome Ron, sounds like a great start!
Put some pictures with updates, we love to seeing progress pictures.
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Old 10-28-2016, 5:54 PM   #10
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Welcome, Ron!

Saltwater isn't necessarily harder than freshwater, if one is doing freshwater the right way.

It's different in some significant aspects, and potentially more costly - although I've seen some freshwater enthusiasts rival reefkeepers in their expenditures

My respectful suggestion is that before you proceed any further, do some more research and ask more questions. While canisters are great for freshwater applications, the same is not so for marine applications, and in fact, they can be quite problematic.

A bit of research now can save you a lot of frustration and money down the road.

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