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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How do you set the dye?
Put the silk plants in a bucket with a gallon of water, a cup of vinegar, and a fourth cup of salt. Let it sit over night. It’s normal for it to leach a little when it soaks but it shouldn’t after that!
hey are you okay with being messaged for fishkeeping questions? I want to get into fish, I've been doing a lot of research but sometimes google gives me uncertain answers ;o;
Yeah absolutely! I’m not the most knowledgeable in some areas but I can at least help point you in the right direction
is that a storebought co2 system or one of the homeade yeast ones? i've heard the homeade ones can be unpredictable :-/
It’s one I got online. All the tubing and metal parts come pre-assembled, then it has a recipe to produce the CO2 with citric acid and baking soda. Unpredictable in what way?? The only thing I really see that could go wrong is it running out of CO2, which isn’t a big deal.
How do you do water changes with Arp's tank in such a narrow compartment?
I use airline to siphon the water out and a cup to pour it back in. It actually isn’t too difficult
Your tank set up is so beautiful!! I love the one sitting on top of the bookshelf and the little one in one of the cubbies?? Too cute. 10/10 my jaw hit the floor ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Awwww, thanks anon!!!! I’ve been working to get those two straightened out. I’m glad you like them!!!
What is your opinion about coral jewerly?
Looks-wise I think it’s alright, maybe something I’d wear. Ethically I think it’s fine?? I don’t know a whole lot about how it’s collected, but from what I understand it’s skeletons from non-reefbuilding corals, so I don’t think it’d really cause much impact
Yo, I just wanna mention how awesome it is that you stood up for yourself when someone got mad you didn’t want anyone anti-lgbtqia+ following your blog. Ily and your blog! Have a great pride month ❤️🌈 (sorry if this is random)
Awww thank you!! I’ve avoided mentioning anything about it for a long time ‘cause I didn’t want to start any drama, but after I made that first pride post quite a few people unfollowed. I don’t want anything to do with them – I put up with enough queerphobia irl, they can take their crap somewhere else.
I hope you have a great pride too! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Take a pic of Cory!
I’ll try to next time I see him!!