Thinking of setting up my 1st salt water tank...

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Ian h

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Hey everyone,
So I have been keeping freshwater fish for a while. I kind of want to do a nano/7-10 gallon saltwater tank and try something new. I've read a ton of things about it, just curious on other peoples experiences . 1. Do I need filtered water/RO? or can I use tap? 2. If I do a 7 gal can I have 2 clown fish?
Any other suggestions would be great!
Thanks!,
Ian
 

Lalo J.

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It all depends on what you want to keep, for a couple of clowns the minimum would be 20 or 25 gallons. If you are going to keep only the fish you can use even drinking water, if you want to add corals then RO water is necessary. When someone starts in salt water, it's recommended that you set up the largest tank you can, because the levels are more likely to shoot in a small tank.
 
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the loach

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Saltwater is much more complicated as f/w, in terms of a stable tank. Therefore it is even more important to get a bigger tank, I think nano saltwater tanks are more of a curiosity, not something you recommend someone to start with.
 

Lalo J.

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When you have a stable tank, and you don't forget your maintenance routine, your fish should be as strong as a freshwater fish. However, in saltwater the quarantine is ESSENTIAL, I learned it in the worst way. That's the number one step in finding stability in a saltwater tank, everything else will come by itself if you do a good job with the values in the water.
 
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I successfully kept a 10 gallon SW tank for several years (probably close to 10+ years) that survived several moves in and out of dorms and apartments and through different room changes in a house. It is possible with minimal to no external filtration, but also with minimal livestock. I used a combination of live sand, about 3" deep, and live rock. Kept 1 clown and one lemon goby. Even had some xenia in there before it got out of hand.

You will want RO/DI water, though, to begin with. I think this was the key.
 
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