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It's getting close to Christmas, aka the onlytime of the year I can get whatever I want.

I'm not new to fish tanks,but I am new to reef tanks. I've always wanted a "Finding Nemo" fish tank. While I know this is impossible due to aggression and size of the fish, I want to do something similar.

Where do I even start?
 

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Okay I think I have a few questions now.

Is a smaller tank easier to keep than a larger tank? I love big tanks. I have a 55 and a 36 now, and I'd love to get a 125. But is the 125 a stretch for someone who's just gotten into the reef hobby?

Do people just keep buying water to add in when doing water changes? Is it hard to mix your own?

I'll have more questions, just haven't had time to read a lot of that link.
 

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I am so excited for you. I remember when I first started doing research & learning about starting a saltwater tank. I had had freshwater for my whole life.
I read Robert Fenner's "The conscientious marine Aquarist" front to back. A great book. It discusses the different types of tanks, set-ups, water, sandbeds, fish (community/predator) tanks & who plays well in the playground & such (compatability). It's an excellent book to read prior to starting your tank. And.. it's well worth it & and an easy read. I still have my old, original, highlighted, bookmarked, book for sentimental reasons. :)
Also, asking lots of questions... helps to not learn from "as many" mistakes. *old dude
I started with a 125g FOWLR & small sump to house my protein skimmer/pump/bio media.
Initially, i bought water from my LFS. That got old, fast. Now i have my own RO/DI unit and 2 50 gallon barrels & do my own saltwater mix & RO top off.
*w2
 

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I think I will go with either a 80, 90, or 125.
Also, I may get 500 dollars for my birthday to spend at Petco/Petsmart.
I've been looking at Petco, and they're the only place that sells saltwater supplies near me. There is a few LFS, but my mother says they are probably shut down.

What are some good beginning fish? Are there any that may look like the fish in the tank from Finding Nemo, but actually get along?

There was another question I had, but I forgot it now. >.<
 

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Get A big tank if you can be dedicated enough.They are easier so to speak, but 10% of 10g is 1g and 10% of a 125g is 12.5g so the work(Waterchanges ) are larger.
Done properly you should have to change as much water as with many freeshwater tanks,but checking other levels like pH,kH ,SG need to be done more often and kept to desired levels.They really can/will change unlike in many fw tanks(the SG shouldn't change very often).
Go big,get a sump(build if handy),get a protien skimmer,and a master salt water/reef test kit(API or better).
You can pretty close to Nemo tank if you go large enough.
 

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Where could I find a 125 gallon that's 6 foot long for under 1000 dollars? If anywhere, that is.
 

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Where could I find a 125 gallon that's 6 foot long for under 1000 dollars? If anywhere, that is.
A tank shouldn't cost more than $650 with overflows and kit to go and come from sump.
Can you build your own stand?
All different kinds of stands available.
You sound like you should be building your own sump.
They can very simple or quite detailed.
I still really like Aqueon Mega Overflow aquariums.
I own 5!My last 120g (48x24x24) with 2 overflows cost around $500.Then I had to buy the mega overflow kit(just durso pipes if you are handy) and 2 of them(the kits) were another $120.
The LFS sold me an aqueon glass lid for under $50.
Last stand I bought was steel or a pine one in the 1980's!It is still the "frame" of my 180g today,since well overbuilt and decorated.
 

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I must be looking in the wrong places, then. Everywhere I've looked is 1000+ dollars.
I'll keep looking though.
 

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So, on glasscages.com, the tank is 460+, and that's JUST the tank. I might be able to build my own stand, I just don't know the cost of wood, how to build one.
Also, I know nothing about sumps or overflows.

Since I just found out my first choice for Christmas will never happen, it seems the tank is going to happen 99% sure.

If I add in reef ready, it adds 75, getting the bulkheads to ensure they fit is another 30.
Would It be cheaper to get my own bulkheads? I'm just worried I won't get the right ones.
 

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The tanks highlighted are the ones I've been looking at.
Is it better to have height, length, or width?
 

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You don't want the height unless you are building a species specific tank.
The deeper(top to bottom) a tank the harder for light to penetrate.Salt water has salt which is a solid in it ,so the more water the less the light gets through.
All of the tanks you highlighted are possible except the 115 g.31" deep is just too much with serious equipment(and long arms!).
You said you want fish (I think?) so the only real choice is the 135g(72x18x25) or if you had to the 120g(48x24x25).what the 120 lacks in legnth it makes up in depth(extra 6" front to back).
I have had a 135 like above and loved the tank.Only always wanted bigger.Got a 180g now(72x24x25).And 2 120g like above(48X24).If you can get powerful enough lights for coral they are great tanks.
 

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Which would be cheaper in the long run? if I didn't get the 135 does that mean I couldn't get any tangs?

I will have to invest in a ladder! I'm only five foot two.

I really really like the 135, I'm just worried about overall cost once it's all said and done.

I'm supposed to move out and go to college in a year and a half, which would mean leaving the tank behind. Is the 135 easier to maintain?

And yes, I did want to do fish. At first I thought it would be hard waiting for the cycle, but from what I've heard, the cycle can go pretty quickly once it starts.
 

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The 100 seems really cool. Is there that much of a difference between the 100 and the 135? How much more can go into the 135? Would I not be able to have Tangs in the 100?
 
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