Newbies first tank!

Discussion in 'New To The Hobby' started by Theman1, May 6, 2014.

to remove this notice and enjoy 3reef content with less ads. 3reef membership is free.

  1. Theman1

    Theman1 Plankton

    Joined:
    May 5, 2014
    Messages:
    9
    Hi everyone! I finally decided to start a saltwater tank. I have kept freshwater tanks for a couple of years and wanted something different. I am completely new to the saltwater hobby. My question is where do I start? I Have a 55 gallon tank that is not drilled that I have been using to house a Flowerhorn. I am going to use this tank in my setup.

    What equipment do I need to get started? Do I absoulutely need a sump or can I use a canister filter?

    Im sorry for such a newbie questions but I want to do this right and be successful In my first saltwater tank. Im not going to lie its alittle overwhelming at first::)

    Thank you!
     
  2. Click Here!

  3. bond300

    bond300 Plankton

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2014
    Messages:
    14
    Welcome to SALT! I'll give you my tank setup! Low budget but effective!

    90G Tank not drilled
    Odyssea T5 light $130.00
    Filter Marineland 350 and 2 Hot Magnums filled with crushed coral $150.00
    3 Aqueon 950 powerheads $120.00
    Aqueon 250w Heater $20.00
    AquaC Remora skimmer with drain $250.00
    3" sand $120.00
    100lbs baserock 50lbs liverock with coraline algae $200.00 add a little at a time!
    Salt, Test Kit, hydrometer
    Find a good store in you area or order online save $$$$$$
    Check out the Fishtank Doc on youtube GOOD INFO!!!!
    Good Luck! Hope this helped!
     
  4. Corailline

    Corailline Super Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2010
    Messages:
    19,652
    Location:
    It is a dry heat, yeah right !
  5. kstafford003

    kstafford003 Feather Star

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2010
    Messages:
    769
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    My advise is to start slow. Don't try to rush into buying a bunch of corals. My first time around I wasted a lot of money buying equipment to try to take care of the corals I shouldn't have bought in the first place. Starting with a stardard tank and trying to buy hang on back everything got expensive and I ran out of room. Not to mention all the electronics sticking out of the top of the tank was an eyesore to me.

    Another pointer. By the time you buy all the equipment, livestock and accessories the tank is actually on the cheaper side of the equation. Do some more research and make sure you choose the tank you like to start with. This will save you time and money in the long run.

    Be patient and try to learn as much as possible before you start buying a bunch of stuff.

    Welcome to 3reef :)
     
  6. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2013
    Messages:
    1,899
    Location:
    Canton OH
    First off, welcome to your new addiction!

    A few pointers for a newbie to saltwater;

    Don't rush anything, the only thing that happens quickly in saltwater is disaster.

    I advise at least a 55g to start with because it will give you more wiggle room on parameters.

    My first build I had all hang on the back equipment, my current build I have an overflow box and a remote sump. I would never recommend HOB to anyone after using a sump.

    Craigslist is your friend!

    I am all about buying from my LFS when I can support them, but I have found that Amazon usually has the best price and if you have prime you can usually find what you are looking for with free 2 day shipping. So if you are on a tight budget like me, Amazon can be your friend too!

    Last but not least, the only stupid question is the one you don't ask! No one will make fun of you for any question you ask.

    Welcome to 3Reef!
     
  7. Theman1

    Theman1 Plankton

    Joined:
    May 5, 2014
    Messages:
    9
    Thanks for the input! By no means am I going to rush into this. I want this to go as smoothly as possible. So im thinking maybe I should just save up for a drilled tank and do a sump.

    So im thinking i will need-
    55 or 75 gallon drilled tank
    all items needed for the sump (tank,plumbing, pump, etc..)
    Lighting
    Protein skimmer??
    Heater

    Does this seem like a good place to start?
     
  8. Click Here!

  9. civiccars2003

    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,827
    Location:
    Akron Ohio
    A 75 gallon drilled with a 30 gallon DIY refugium would be nice. Yes to a skimmer. LED's (though not yet on board with them) for the heat and electric value. (2) Jebao wp-25 with contoller for flow. Jebao DC6000 for a return pump.
     
  10. mdbostwick

    mdbostwick Vlamingii Tang

    Joined:
    Feb 21, 2013
    Messages:
    1,899
    Location:
    Canton OH
    ^^+1
     
  11. RoloSaez

    RoloSaez Millepora

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2013
    Messages:
    929
    Location:
    Wesley Chapel Fl
    I would say look through craigslist. There are a lot of people that get out of the hobby every day. Most of the time you can find a whole set up for less. You can use your 55 to house what ever livestock comes with the aquarium on craigslist while you set up what you bought or if you find a good fish store sometimes they will hold livestock for you. At a cost to you of course. A friend of mine started with a 55 and a canister and is now looking for a 125G. Just thoroughly check the aquarium for sratches and leaks prior to any purchase. Just another way to look at it all.
     
  12. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2012
    Messages:
    7,660
    Location:
    Cincinnati
    I think your initial thoughts sound good. I agree that you can check craigs list and possibly some local forums in your area. I've seen a couple of full systems on our local forum that would have been awesome to have and at at least a third of the cost.