What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?

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What was your biggest mistake with your aquarium?

  1. Aquarium Size

    31 vote(s)
    18.6%
  2. Lighting

    33 vote(s)
    19.8%
  3. Filtration

    23 vote(s)
    13.8%
  4. Overstocking

    9 vote(s)
    5.4%
  5. Overfeeding

    14 vote(s)
    8.4%
  6. Other

    57 vote(s)
    34.1%
  1. brettwest

    brettwest Spaghetti Worm

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    Im pretty new to the salt hobby so I havent made too many big mistakes that I know of but the one thing that has caused me problems was trusting the lfs to mix salt water correctly.In six more months i'll probably be able to look back and list something else.My best thing I have going for me is I can't afford to do too much too fast.Im glad I found 3reef.
     
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  3. GoToSleep

    GoToSleep Torch Coral

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    Would they let you take some home? Say "Hey, it's just water."
     
  4. Otty

    Otty Giant Squid

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    That is just a filter. If your bringing in outside air in the winter you will have to heat it and in the summer have to cool it. This transfers around 80% of the energy. That save a lot of money when you need to fresh air. I burn a ventless fireplace and it runs havoc on my Oxygen levels and pH in the tank during the winter. I have a associates degree in HVAC so installation is free :)
    Fantech: Heat & Energy Recovery Ventilators
     
  5. ReefSparky

    ReefSparky Super Moderator Staff Member

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    That's the first time I've ever seen the word carboy. I learned a new word today. Thanks, dorian. :)
     
  6. Redbeard

    Redbeard Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    Grossly underestimating the cost of maintenance was without doubt my biggest blunder. Money spent on the light fixture + lamp changes + chiller + skimmer pump + return pump + wave pumps + power consumption (two 15 amp circuits) = a ridiculous amount of money.

    If I had it to do over that money would be spent on a green house in the back yard. Being in zone 9 cooling would of course be of concern in the summer but the cost of lighting would be 0 dollars. If needed a small diy solar water heater would suffice in the winter. One pump could feed a protein skimmer and a couple of Carlson type surge devices.
     
  7. pks4life420

    pks4life420 Fire Worm

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    not using ro water :{
     
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  9. cannedmulder

    cannedmulder Teardrop Maxima Clam

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    I have to say using a deep sand bed! It was pretty but I think I got a huge sulfar build up that was causing problems!
     
  10. PharmrJohn

    PharmrJohn The Dude

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    I had to look that one up myself. Never seen it either.
     
  11. oceanparadise1

    oceanparadise1 Fire Squid

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    Mine was diving all into a full 180 setup which causing you to become broke very fast lol
     
  12. KY_Tanked

    KY_Tanked Fire Worm

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    Starting with a freshwater tank when I wanted a salt. What a waste of money on something that I only wanted to change.
    Second would be trying to keep 3 tanks with 3 kids under 4! I had not time to take proper care. I 90g is just fine...