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You have a 35 gallon and are looking to upgrade, so I was saying if your home has space for a 48” tank this is an excellent deal. This setup is normally over $2500
 
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oh sorry I have a 25 gallon right now and I do not want to go to big yet because this is only my second tank but thanks
Hey there, not trying to help steer you by any means, but as the other poster said, if you can fit 48”, just so you are aware (if you weren’t already) generally speaking the bigger the tank, the easier/ more stable it is. Smaller tanks can be tough to keep stable. Just my 2 cents here. Happy Easter by the way.
 
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Hey there, not trying to help steer you by any means, but as the other poster said, if you can fit 48”, just so you are aware (if you weren’t already) generally speaking the bigger the tank, the easier/ more stable it is. Smaller tanks can be tough to keep stable. Just my 2 cents here. Happy Easter by the way.
I will strongly second the larger the tank, the easier/more stable it is!! I run a large system and recently upgraded my sump from a 36x15x15 (eshopps af300 gen4) to a 72x21x18 (DIY All-Glass 125g aquarium). I added like 45 gallons water volume to my system and there has been a noticeable change in how rapidly my water parameters change. Dilution is the Solution.
 
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Agreed :) larger tanks = more water which is more resistant to parameter swings and more room for fish to spread out reducing aggression. Plus opens the door to fish that couldn’t fit in a 25.

Larger tanks are actually easier for newer people


The IM 50 Lagoon with cabinet is on sale for $1154 + $299 shipping = 1453 for a 50g system, 30x23x16

The one I posted is $1439 shipped for 83g on a 48x20x20 footprint, plus comes with an actual sump (26g) and a 9g ato

It’s worth considering

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Also that IM 50g is 50g total including the filtration chambers. Your display is not actually 50g due to the all in one style false wall hiding the small filter area behind it

The tank I posted is the same price but with a true 83g display with a 26g sump, it’s double the water volume and you get a real sump that can fit, and hide, a better skimmer, and other gear
 
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And yeah I would like a bigger tank because I could put extra fish I it. but I am a 13 year old reefer so trying to find a budget and I really like the one vintage reefer posted I am looking for a new tank because I am close to 1000 subs and I just want to expand my horizons a little with more fish corals and space thanks everyone
 
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Thankyou everyone for the help I am considering it I agree with the bigger the more stable Thankyou I am checking it out
One thing I still do, is look for the guys with Build Badges (My Tank Thread) under their names and I go look at what they did. Plus you get to see some amazing builds!!
 
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Yeah that is what I have been doing is going through build thread and seeing there idea and if that tank is out of buget should I try a face book market place tank
Maybe I should not tell you I only paid $600 for my 300gallon Oceanic Aquarium. my 125g sump was given to me.
Yeah, Red Sea Fail thread is pretty crazy. I started one of those discussions.

Check out Paul B.'s tank. He has a 47+ yr old reef tank. Tons of good info there.
 
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There have been a few mentions about "larger tanks". And I agree completely; larger tanks = smaller swings in chemistry. Most beginners struggle with stability in their chemistry, so larger makes sense.

But there are a lot of things to consider with bigger tanks... things I hadn't considered until I installed a 125 gallon Aqueon.

As an example, I relied on faithful, weekly, 20% water changes as a way of exporting nutrients and replenishing elements consumed by the tank.

But a 20% weekly water change on 145 gallons of total volume isn't practical. This forced me into dosing the tank, which on my first two attempts, went completely sideways.

Under the guidance of @Cichlid Dad, I successfully implemented automated dosing.
 
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Oh I am doing water changes and dosing should I do both or only one

It is a balance of both.

Initially, water changes will be enough to maintain elements in your tank. But as your coral frags grow out, the demand of the tank will exceed what you can provide with water changes.

This is when you should consider dosing.

But you mention the IM 50 gallon. A 20% faithful, weekly water change amounts to a 10 gallon water change, weekly. This is manageable.

I would rely on water changes only at first and monitor your numbers. When you begin to see your elements depleting below the target range before you're due for a water change, you might consider dosing.
 
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