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Old 05-12-2015, 12:15 AM
 
Location: East Bay Area
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Remember, your landlord may have restrictions on permitted tank sizes. (And for good reasons - water is HEAVY, and a large tank could exceed the load limit of the floor. Plus bigger tanks mean a bigger mess if a leak occurs.)

Freshwater Aquarium around 597lbs, saltwater aquarium around total 633lbs.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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Salt water tank = damaging wood floor with lots of evaporation.

Salt water tank is not for beginners.
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Old 05-15-2015, 08:17 AM
 
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Setup a freshwater aquarium and focus on African Cichlids. Good color, active fish, nowhere near as demanding or expensive to setup as a salt-water tank.

Also, tank size depends on landlord's approval. I've head of some apartments allowing tanks up to 20 gallons or so. You need to check this out as a landlord might not be willing to let a 250 gallon tank go in on the 3rd floor of a building. That's a lot of weight, and a lot of potential water damage if the tank breaks. 20 gallons on the floor...not so bad.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:56 PM
 
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Salt water tank = damaging wood floor with lots of evaporation.

Salt water tank is not for beginners.
What?

I just broke down my 120 reef tank with a 40 gallon sump after 6 years in the same place on then brand new hardwood floors. No damage anywhere.

At my previous house I had a 55 reef tank and sump on hardwoods and no damage either.
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Old 10-23-2015, 10:20 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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youll only get damage from ANY tank if its not a good setup (ie splashing from an open sump, leaky canister filters or splashy hob filters, no hoods/covers, splashing during water changes ect...)

damage to floors/walls ect is a case of inproper observation/maintenene, not a general tank issue
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Old 10-26-2015, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Mount Laurel
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What?

I just broke down my 120 reef tank with a 40 gallon sump after 6 years in the same place on then brand new hardwood floors. No damage anywhere.

At my previous house I had a 55 reef tank and sump on hardwoods and no damage either.
If you are constantly wiping down the salt creep around the tanks.. you will be fine. The problem is most don't. That's why I stated that salt water tanks are not for beginners. Most people who set up fish tank cringe when they hear about cleaning/water changes, etc. Tanks end up being neglected. Even the best automated salt water tank setup requires maintenance (especially cleaning up).
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Old 02-14-2016, 06:35 AM
 
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but I'm not great with fish. I treat them like decoration
Please don't get saltwater.
It HAS to be treated as a HOBBY where you are VERY involved.
Starting with water quality. You can't just use tap water. You either need to purchase your water from your local saltwater fish store or make your own which requires a RO/DI unit and buckets of salt.
Then water has to be tested all the time especially if you plan on more than just fish.
Anemone? This requires more than the fish does! High quality intense lighting and very good water quality.
Saltwater requires (does best) when you create an entire little ecosystem. It's not just a glass box with water in it.
And everything saltwater is much more expensive than freshwater.

Please go to REEF2REEF Saltwater and Reef Aquarium Forum and do tons of research before ever stepping foot in the store if you are seriously thinking of saltwater.
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Old 02-14-2016, 07:53 AM
 
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I live in an apartment where I'm not allowed to have pets, but the rent is low enough, so I might just stay here and make do. They will allow me to have aquariums, but I'm not great with fish. I treat them like decoration, usually, because, what can you really do with them? Okay, maybe you can teach them cute tricks, but I imagine that's difficult and rare.

Anyway, I was thinking about getting a salt water aquarium, because they offer very colorful fish and other marine life. Plus, it would be a new experience, but I don't want a particularly fragile set of new pets. I'm looking for resilient pets. As for looks, the weirder the better. I love tiny sea monsters.
I was raised keeping saltwater tanks so I don't think they are difficult. What they are is expensive, time consuming, and not remotely forgiving of any sort of benign neglect.

Do you have a thousand dollar or more, and 2-3 hours on the weekends and another half hour everyday to commit? And that is once it is up and running.

If the answer is yes, salt water maybe right for you.
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Old 02-26-2016, 02:41 PM
 
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Hi there,

I have kept saltwater tanks for years and have only kept saltwater - that's right - I started off in saltwater as I never had an interest with freshwater fish outside of African Cichlids.

The main thing with saltwater is that they are more expensive, time consuming, and not forgiving if you let up on maintenance. I would say that is the reason why most people see saltwater as difficult because you cannot slack like you can with freshwater.

There is a big $ committment with saltwater - you are talking about getting RO water either from your local fish store or your using an aquarium RO unit to get fresh water.

Tankmate selection and a lot of patience is needed as well. Like with any tank, the bigger the tank the more stable it will be. This is even more critical in saltwater because the swings can be devastating. At a 10G tank, that would put you at what hobbyist call "nano tanks." These are one of the more difficult saltwater tanks to be successful in. In freshwater, you can drop in fish that like bettas who can live in pretty bad water and there are all sorta of fish suited for smaller tank sizes. In saltwater, you are very limited.

If I was a beginner starting out, I would not consider going into saltwater unless I was starting with at least a 40 gallon breeder size tank.
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