Discussion in 'New Members' started by JG, 11 Jan 2013.
i am new to this
is it true that setting up a marine aqaruim is somewhat extreem
Welcome to MASA!!
Welcome to MASA JG.
It depends on what you mean by extreme...
You do have marine aquarists who have open budgets, so they tend to start full out from the GO.
Then you have the other bracket where you start up slowly, saving for every piece of hardware, LS, taking time to build up your system.
In the end, both systems can look extreme, one just took 2 weeks to set up, the other one two years. Depends on your patience and wallet size...
Have fun. Extreme, mmmmmmmm. There is always some madness in this hobby.
Thats so true gesiggie.
I think the mane thing in this hobby is to enjoy every moment.
Good or bad, things always just gets better.
Hi JG and welcome.
I am also new to this marine business, getting my first marine tank soon.
I used to keep FW tropicals as a teen, and while FW is very budget friendly, it's also a lot of work.
The difference between FW and Marine is how you achieve the aesthetic you want. With FW, you only have fish that add colour to the tank. Then you have green plants and brown rock/logs and that's it.
That's not to say that FW tanks are dull, some of the planted setups I've seen are magnificent. But because you have to keep plants in the tank to keep it from looking bare, you also have a constant struggle with algae, things like duckweed and heaven forbid, snails.
Most people also run undergravel filters with cheap-to-run airpumps, and while they work well, that gravel needs a scrub every now and again. So you're in for a tank stripdown once a year. The latest trend is tub-type cannister filters, which are much easier to clean and allow you to leave your DT untouched.
Now, with marine setups, you corals are your "plants", and the variety of shapes and colours is staggering. It takes more work and electricity to keep the tank healthy, but it's small, regular things instead of the once-a-year moerofa job like with a FW setup. The way the tank is run means that algae start taking a back seat without you having to worry much about it taking over everything.
Clean skimmer twice a week, feed once a day, make sure your RO reservoir is topped up. This is, from what I've come to see from the tanks I've visited and the things I've read on this forum, the extent of the regular maintenance you have to do.
There's water changes, but you need those for FW anyway. There's cleaning the glass, but you have that for FW anyway.
Some guys run very simple setups and their results are amazing.
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