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    Wink Help me get started? :P

    Crazy story of how I am getting into saltwater aquariums...

    I was adopted, and my birth mom found me over facebook a few months ago, and as we've been talking, hanging out and getting to know each other more I found out about her obsession with saltwater tanks. Ive always been a fish gal, and fell in love with a couple plecos I had kept for years... But that was before I moved... I have never had a saltwater set up before, and no longer have my old tank and supplies.
    I would love to have a beautiful aquarium again, as well as something to work on and talk about with my mom... But first things first, I need to get started :P

    I would like to know a complete list of what all I would need to start up a decent (not overwhelming for a first timer) sized tank.
    As well as where I can get all that I need.
    Can I find it here?
    How would I set it up?
    Would someone be able to help me?
    Whats a decent price range for a full set up?


    Thanks so much for all your help!
    Wish me luck! :]

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    Welcome!

    You should stop bye sometime ,open everyday but monday.

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    A full setup nano system can run you from $169-$299 on the lower end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ARedSeaAquarium View Post
    Welcome!

    You should stop bye sometime ,open everyday but monday.

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    Heck yeah :] I think I shall! :]
    Where ya located?

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    nano is a good beginer tank
    ARSA is a good place for that and make sure you pick there brains for all info you can get ..
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    I agree a good shop to pick his brain he will point you in the right direction.

    Welcome & Get ready to enjoy the addiction of this hobby. good times ahead thats for sure

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    We are at 17716 15th ave ne ,seattle wa. 98155.

    Thanks for the complement Mouse dude, I thought for a second you were going to say somebody else was the best.

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    Welcome to the world of salt and fun.

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    you all are so nice and welcoming! thank you so much i cant wait to learn all there is to learn and start my first saltwater tank lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by pooty View Post
    you all are so nice and welcoming! thank you so much i cant wait to learn all there is to learn and start my first saltwater tank lol

    Welcome! we all are here to help with your journey! ARSA is a great place to go and get setup!!! I hear he has a great supplier for custom acrylic tanks too

    cheers!
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    i love my Solana AIO tank from Current USA. I've had it 2 months, looks very "classy" in my living room. I'm brand new to saltwater and so far its been much easier than i had thought it would be. maybe i shouldn't say that, i might jinx myself.

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    Welcome to RF and to the saltwater addiction You should find the hobby very rewarding.

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    lol im so exited to get started :P i was looking through pictures of peoples stuff in the photography fourm and its all so beautiful! Its insane.
    How long does it usually take to get an insane big ol' pretty colorfilled tank like the ones some of you have pictured?
    Does anyone name the critters and such they have in their tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgalvin View Post
    i love my Solana AIO tank from Current USA. I've had it 2 months, looks very "classy" in my living room. I'm brand new to saltwater and so far its been much easier than i had thought it would be. maybe i shouldn't say that, i might jinx myself.
    Everyone's been telling me its so hard, and its going to be a pain to take care of.
    But I think it will be worth it and I hope I have an easier experience like yours haha :]

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    Welcome to RF Pooty.

    Naming Critters, seems like I always am naming a few of the critters. Especially the clowns I keep as they can live an average of 25 yeasr!!! Wowza. As for time to get a full blown insane looking reef, I'd say it all depends on what corals you decide to keep as well as the size of the coral when you initally put it into the tank. It took my 20 high nano tank about a full year before it filled in nicely, but it is definatly worth the wait and to watch everything grow before your eyes is very exciting and cool.

    Not to much of a pain to keep a nicely stocked reef. Just remember to take your time and learn/read as much as you can and there is never a such thing as a stupid question.

    Good reading materials include:

    The New Marine Aquarium by Michael Paletta
    The Conscientious Marine Aquarist by Robert M. Fenner (2nd Edition)

    As for expense, I don't know about a $200-$300 nano unless you're doing something realitively small. Both my first 20H nano cost around $800-$1000+/- and my latest 5 gallon nano cost around $300+/- As always there are a lot of factors that influence the overall cost.

    And I'd second the ARSA in Shoreline. Very nice guy and very helpful too.
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