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Horse racer 11-24-2013 11:40 PM

Anyone keep a saltwater tank
 
I've always kinda been into saltwater tanks and had a 90 gallon tank before I sold it to support a horse. I just decided to get another and bought a 5.5 gallon tank I'm going to turn into a little reef tank.

Anyone else keep tanks on here? Or fish in general?

EdmontonHorseGal 11-25-2013 12:42 AM

i've had 'finkids', lol, for 6 years now. started with a betta and a little half gallon fish bowl, that quickly turned into having 6 bettas in varying bowl sizes and 10 gallon tanks, then my first 20 gal, then my first 55, then my second 20 gal, then my second 55, then my third 20 gallon....... lol. it's been quite the fishy adventure over the years for me. and now i have a 55 gallon with my two big fish in it and a 20 gallon with a couple live plants and a few tropical 'community' fish. just freshwater though. not ready to take the plunge to the dark side (saltwater), lol, and probably won't. saltwater tanks are a lot more work than freshwater, and the smaller the tank the more work it is to keep the water parameters stable, whether it be fresh or salt. it's enough for me to keep my two tanks as nice as i can, so definitely don't need the added work and stress of salt!

my suggestion would be to go with a tank a bit bigger than 5.5 gallons, in order to enjoy your tank better and not have to be working on it all the time. 20 gallons or more would be good. that way if your water parameters do fluctuate, you have more water volume to 'absorb' that fluctuation and your tank doesn't go downhill so fast or 'crash' as us fishkeepers call it. a '20 long' would make for a nice little reef tank and due to the size, you could keep a nice little assortment of fish and inverts in there. a pair of clownfish and peppermint shrimp would top my list for inhabitants of a saltie tank!

EdmontonHorseGal 11-25-2013 12:42 AM

i've had 'finkids', lol, for 6 years now. started with a betta and a little half gallon fish bowl, that quickly turned into having 6 bettas in varying bowl sizes and 10 gallon tanks, then my first 20 gal, then my first 55, then my second 20 gal, then my second 55, then my third 20 gallon....... lol. it's been quite the fishy adventure over the years for me. and now i have a 55 gallon with my two big fish in it and a 20 gallon with a couple live plants and a few tropical 'community' fish. just freshwater though. not ready to take the plunge to the dark side (saltwater), lol, and probably won't. saltwater tanks are a lot more work than freshwater, and the smaller the tank the more work it is to keep the water parameters stable, whether it be fresh or salt. it's enough for me to keep my two tanks as nice as i can, so definitely don't need the added work and stress of salt!

my suggestion would be to go with a tank a bit bigger than 5.5 gallons, in order to enjoy your tank better and not have to be working on it all the time. 20 gallons or more would be good. that way if your water parameters do fluctuate, you have more water volume to 'absorb' that fluctuation and your tank doesn't go downhill so fast or 'crash' as us fishkeepers call it. a '20 long' would make for a nice little reef tank and due to the size, you could keep a nice little assortment of fish and inverts in there. a pair of clownfish and peppermint shrimp would top my list for inhabitants of a saltie tank!

MyBoyPuck 12-27-2013 10:38 PM

I had a small 29 gallon salt tank years ago. I had it perfect. Cycled it with 2 Damsels and added 2 Dominos. Everything was right with the world until I decided it could handle one more fish. Overloaded the system, massive red algae bloom and lost all the fish. What a PITA!!! I loved salt, but won't do it again until I can do it with a much larger tank.

Poseidon 12-27-2013 10:46 PM

I currently only have 2 goldfish, a shubunkin and a sarassa comet. I had them in a 20 gallon tank with the intention of using a 40 gallon I had received for free to fill with cichlids, which I have a new fancy for. However, as a college student with a summer job 300 miles from where I live, I decided against it for the time being so I didn't have to deal with the moving of the tanks. Sooo my goldfish got moved into the 40 gallon a week or so ago. They enjoy it.


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