Author: KISS MY WRASSE

hey, what would you recommend as a tank for so…

hey, what would you recommend as a tank for someone just starting to get into saltwater? ive kept freshwater tanks for years now, but i fell in love with coral scapes and am not sure where to start

Hi!! You can see other posts where I’ve answered this in my “tank suggestions” tag!

I usually recommend around 30 gallons as a beginner salt tank! 40 breeders are popular as well. The same is true that parameter wise bigger is easier, but with salt tanks a middle sized tank can be more manageable with making RO and salt water.

You’ll need an RO system and marine salt – I use instant ocean. Some pet stores also sell RO or saltwater, but it can be expensive.
Since you’re looking at corals you’ll also need a good light! There are plenty out there, and if you start with soft corals it won’t matter too much which light, as long as it’s made specifically for reefs. Probably order one online instead of what chain pet stores carry.
That being said, it’s best to start off with soft corals! They’re much less demanding than stony corals, and you won’t need to worry about dosing calcium or trace elements. Mushroom corals are great, as well as zoanthids. Snake polyps are cool, but not as common. Xenia, Kenya tree, and green star polyps are frequently recommended as beginner corals, but personally I’d steer clear of them as they can grow very very fast and choke out a tank.

Reef2reef is an AMAZING saltwater forum!! I’m not on there much, but it’s full of great people and you can find an answer to pretty much any question you have!
Hope this helps, and feel free to send a message or ask if you have any more questions! 😀

hey, what would you recommend as a tank for so…

hey, what would you recommend as a tank for someone just starting to get into saltwater? ive kept freshwater tanks for years now, but i fell in love with coral scapes and am not sure where to start

Hi!! You can see other posts where I’ve answered this in my “tank suggestions” tag!

I usually recommend around 30 gallons as a beginner salt tank! 40 breeders are popular as well. The same is true that parameter wise bigger is easier, but with salt tanks a middle sized tank can be more manageable with making RO and salt water.

You’ll need an RO system and marine salt – I use instant ocean. Some pet stores also sell RO or saltwater, but it can be expensive.
Since you’re looking at corals you’ll also need a good light! There are plenty out there, and if you start with soft corals it won’t matter too much which light, as long as it’s made specifically for reefs. Probably order one online instead of what chain pet stores carry.
That being said, it’s best to start off with soft corals! They’re much less demanding than stony corals, and you won’t need to worry about dosing calcium or trace elements. Mushroom corals are great, as well as zoanthids. Snake polyps are cool, but not as common. Xenia, Kenya tree, and green star polyps are frequently recommended as beginner corals, but personally I’d steer clear of them as they can grow very very fast and choke out a tank.

Reef2reef is an AMAZING saltwater forum!! I’m not on there much, but it’s full of great people and you can find an answer to pretty much any question you have!
Hope this helps, and feel free to send a message or ask if you have any more questions! 😀

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letsgetsalty:

I have a tank idea

I’ve got this beautiful tank. Rock steeply sloping up both back corners. Glue some empty barnacles to them. An inch of CaribSea Bimini pink sand. A pair or trio of barnacle blennies. Soft corals, maybe some euphyllia, flower nems. Some cool inverts – pompom crabs, maybe a brittle star, some kind of shrimp?

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I got a mangrove at MACNA! Been trying to think of some aquascape ideas for it

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I have a tank idea

I wanna know what people assume about me becau…

telvi1:

Put an assumption in my ask. I’ll confirm or dispute it. I’m not gonna be mean or anything, I’m just very interested. You can go anon if you want.

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Some food samples from MACNA! I’ve got a couple still packed up. I use New Life Spectrum small fish formula in my reef tank and I’ve used Hikari shrimp pellets – I love both of them – but I’ve never used any of these specific foods. I’m excited to try them out!

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betta-every-day:

DESCENSUS

I’ve spoken about my research project a lot, and not just online. Getting to combine my hobby with my dream job is amazing for me, and I was hoping you’d be a part of it.

If you own a betta, I’m doing research on connecting aggression to transposon movement (marbling) to, potentially, tumor frequency. There’s a procedure below if you have Betta splendens and would like to help me out designing my final experiment with their test run. It would be super awesome and I’d appreciate it!

Also I put a lot about it on Fishchord. Even if you don’t have fish and are just curious, it’s an awesome community to join.

Bettablrs check this out!! It’s easy, and I’m interested to see how this goes!

letsgetsalty:

letsgetsalty:

Here’s a neat little thermometer I bought from Lifeguard Aquatics! It’s fully submersible, compact, and seems to give a good reliable reading! I love that it’s so small and clean looking, it doesn’t distract from the tank. It also doesn’t flop around or get in the way as much as other thermometers!

I’ve had it for several months now and I’m still really happy with it! I’ve checked the temperature with different thermometers multiple times to check that this one’s accurate, and it is! It also adjusts really fast, when I pour new water in it will immediately tick down a few tenths of a degree.

snowflakeeel:

snowflakeeel:

noodle has a crab familiar now