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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-06-2006, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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I am considering a venture into salt water. Space may be limited but I would like at least 40 gallons, if not larger. Is there any advantage to an upright tank vs a long setup?

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For a saltwater tank, I'd definitely recommend longer and wider over taller for a few reasons. First, if you're going to make it a reef tank, a shorter tank will give you more light penetration of a higher intensity down at the sand bed. Also, there will be more surface area for gas exchange. Also, a shorter, wider tank will give you more options for aquascaping so you can avoid stacking your live rock against the back wall of the tank and creating that "box of rocks" look.

I'd probably only recommend a taller tank if you were going to go with something more specialized like a seahorse tank, where they need the height for their courtship rituals.
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Will this be a planted saltwater tank?
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Probably so, I want more than just fish.
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Planted Saltwater tanks can be a mess if they get out of hand. But If you go that route...I'd say get a tank that's long and wide and not tall. Tall won't be a big deal except that more of your arm will get wet....


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Another thing to keep in mind is that saltwater holds less oxygen than freshwater, so you'll need some surface agitation and as much surface area for oxygen exchange as possible. For that reason, the tank stocking rule is roughly 1" per five gallons of water, but it also depends on the body mass of the fish you want. The 40 gallon breeder tanks have great dimensions for some creative aquascaping, and they provide good surface area.

You can create some nice marine plant biohabitats. Mangroves are pretty awesome, as are various sea grasses. Caulerpa macro algaes look nice, but be aware that unless you keep the lights on 24/7 (not a good idea with fish in the system), the caulerpa will go into a sexual stage and turn white and slimy. It's been reputed to wipe out a tank, not to mention that it's an awful mess.
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Head over here for one of the best saltwater aquarium forums:
One of their forums is dedicated just to saltwater plants and algae.
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If you go salt get a wet/dry trickle filter. Helps oxygenate the water and is a great bacteria farm! If you dont right off you will wish you did. Especially if you want to keep corals, anenomes, etc. And lights, lots of lights. Including Actinic.

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