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Saltwater Nano Tank????

Hey guys, i know this isnt a planted tank question but i have always really wanted to start a saltwater nano tank. I know NOTHING about salt water however lol. Obviously i would do proper research before starting this idea. But what i wanted to know was if anyone would have a rough ballpark idea on how much it would cost me to start a saltwater nano? I am on a very tight budget and just wanna know if it is even possible before i start researching countless hours. Thanks all.
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The initial investment will be much less than a typical saltwater tank, but there are so many limitations it is almost not worth it.

Let's say you want a 5 gallon tank, that's about $10-20 for the tank, $30-50 for the live rock, $20 for the live sand, more for the lighting, etc.
And if you think you can settle for low lighting because you don't want corals, then what are you going to put in the tank? Very few fish (less than 4 small fish) can live there, so that just leaves you with inverts. Shrimp are fine, but filter feeders need pristine water conditions which are difficult to achieve in a small tank.
That's the same reason corals are hard to keep, the water conditions.


Now this was simply a warning, not a persuasion. I had a nano reef for quite some time, but maintaining the water conditions was very difficult and it became very expensive.
If you decide to continue anyway, I suggest checking out Nano Reef, they have some great info on that forum.

Good luck

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Thanks a lot man, maybe i will just try a do a high light planted nano instead. since i already have a 55 low tech, the high light will give me something new and different
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I am super fascinated by the nano reefs.
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I am super fascinated by the nano reefs.
They are amazing to stare at. The mistake that most people make going into it is that it will just be a side project, or a budget project.
Looking at it this way will limit the possibilities that are available in a reef tank.

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Nano-Reef.com is a great resource for those interested in small marine/salt/reef tanks.

And no reef tank is cheap, in my experience. I have reefs in my office so am fortunate to have a ready-made supply of goodies.

That said, I'm $571 into a 3 gallon reef at home. THREE GALLONS! Do you have any idea how many awesome shrimp tanks I could set up with that kind of green? Shoo.


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