New to the hobby. Need help getting started! :D

Discussion in 'New to Saltwater & Reef Aquariums? Post Here' started by edgar_ology, Oct 16, 2017.

  1. edgar_ology

    edgar_ology New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Hi there guys!
    So im new to the hobby and very interested in keeping a reef aquarium.
    I noticed my father had a an empty 50gal tank in his garage and felt I can put it to good use,
    its a normal tank with a fall back filter, hood light, and heater, I understand this filtration and light wouldn't help me at all, and was wondering what equipment is necessary before continuing.

    What im looking to keep:
    pure corals,
    maybe 1 to 3 fishes
     
    nautical_nathaniel likes this.

  2. 1MCp

    1MCp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    135
    Welcome to the hobby, right off the bat I can guarantee you that 1 fish won't satisfy you! Your wallet is on its way to a great diet program
     
  3. Lovemyreef2015

    Lovemyreef2015 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2017
    Messages:
    576
    Likes Received:
    1,216
    Welcome to R2R
     
  4. 1MCp

    1MCp Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2016
    Messages:
    205
    Likes Received:
    135
    As for equipment you can grab a protein skimmer, slightly larger capacity than your tank, so perhaps something that can handle up to 75 gallons. Lighting system depending on what type of corals you want to keep. Test kits are a must as well as you go through your tank cycle and moving forward. You will need some powerheads for water flow, kick in some extra cash to get the wave maker system.
     
  5. enveeRF

    enveeRF Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2017
    Messages:
    94
    Likes Received:
    45
    Welcome to the hobby. With all the costs of a nice reef, my advice would be to possibly skip the 50 gallon tank you already have, and get the right setup from beginning. You might save money in the long run.
     
  6. ChronicRage

    ChronicRage Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2017
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    75
    It all depends on what you want to do/your budget. You can drill it and throw a sump underneath for filtration. That's what most people on this site would more than likely do.
    As far as lighting, you can go halide, T5, LED, or a combo of any or all three options. I recommend watching some of the BRS videos on theit 52 weeks of Reefing series. You'll learn a lot about lighting through them.
    Do your research. I like to find things on BRS then come over here and do a search for it and see what people here are saying about said product or whatever.

    So to conclude: I'd recommend scanning through the BRS YouTube channel for info, doing some research, then you can come here and ask more direct questions that people will be able to help you with.

    Did any of what I said make any sense? I feel like I went on a little rant. I'm sick and all medicated. lol
     
  7. nautical_nathaniel

    nautical_nathaniel Goby Whisperer R2R Supporter R2R Excellence Award Build Thread Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2014
    Messages:
    1,615
    Likes Received:
    1,919
    Location:
    Pensacola, FL
    First of all, welcome to R2R! Here is a guide on getting started with a reef aquarium: http://www.liveaquaria.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=39

    Or this guide: https://reefbuilders.com/2008/06/10/beginners-guide-to-saltwater-aquariums-2/

    Be sure to check out YouTube for great informative videos on setting up a reeftank, my favorite people to watch are Tidal Gardens, @Bulk Reef Supply, and Marine Depot. Tidal Gardens has an extensive guide for many corals and its easier to watch a video than it is to read a bunch of books ;)

    Get acquainted to your local fish store(s) and ask them loads of questions! Remember, if you're feeling pressured to buy something, go home and research it a bit first, they can always order more stock of something so it's not going anywhere :)
     
  8. edgar_ology

    edgar_ology New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    Would a sump be necessary?
     
  9. edgar_ology

    edgar_ology New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2017
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    1
    In regards to your question: "what types of corals you want to keep.", im fascinated with LPS corals, so id like a habitat that accommodates their category.
     
  10. Coral Hygiene

    Coral Hygiene Well-Known Member Build Thread Contributor NJRC Member

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2017
    Messages:
    78
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Northern Jersey
    Hi and welcome to R2R! What I can tell you is that the cheaper things you get now are going to have to be replaced sooner, so its best to spend most of your budget on what's most important. If you want to keep LPS, you don't really have to go too crazy on lighting and a black box from amazon should be sufficient. Some easy LPS's are trumpets and blastomussa. It isn't necessary to have a sump, but I strongly suggest you build one as they will help you in the long run. You can customize it to put a protein skimmer, refugium, reactors, etc... But if your budget doesn't allow it, you can go a simpler route with a HOB or canister filter running something like carbon. And also, the less fish you have, the less bioload on your tank so you probably won't need to go all out on filtration if you want to have only one or two fish (corals produce very little waste as they mainly get their energy from zooxanthellae living inside them). But before doing anything, do some research! Absorb as much information as you can and try to figure out and budget on a tank you want to have. This way, you can get off on the right foot. This is just my 2 cents and I hope it helps a little. I just recently started a tank build on a low budget but while still maintaining quality, check it out!
     
Draft saved Draft deleted

Share This Page

Loading...