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The LFS has this 5g nano saltwater tank - and they told me they'd sell it to me for $250 as it sits - shrimp, coral, and all. It has a hell of a lighting system and I've always thought it was the coolest thing ever.

Its pretty old but clearly in good shape. Its a Spec-V tank and filter

Should I buy it?
 

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Put jrman83 in the member search and send him a P.M. on it. I know he does Salt.
Several tanks also. He can tell you if it's a decent price.
 

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I've seen larger nanos for cheaper. Honestly it comes down to what is in the tank.

Nanos can be fun, but they can be very hard for salt.
 

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The problem with small saltwater tanks is that they can go very wrong very fast. When this happens it can get very expensive depending on what you have stocked. If you have the time, inclination and the budget to do the upkeep on it they can be very rewarding.
 

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as far as nano salt tanks are concerned. I have a 12g nano cube that was salt for maybe 2 years. it is now a planted freshwater tank.

Including the tank I've spent over $1,000 on it. fish, coral, rock, water, salt, etc. I've had many ups and down with it... from it running beautifully and being a joy. to just algae and diatoms, to random fish deaths, [censored][censored][censored][censored] getting eaten, random coral die offs, buying the wrong coral, etc.

A month ago I sold everything in the tank for $75 to a buddy; I was done. I found it to be more of a hassle than a joy. some folks are really into the maintenance aspect of this hobby. I don't really find joy in that. you have to love maintenance to have a nano salt tank... or keep only inverts.
 

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The problem with small saltwater tanks is that they can go very wrong very fast. When this happens it can get very expensive depending on what you have stocked. If you have the time, inclination and the budget to do the upkeep on it they can be very rewarding.
Agreed. If this is the OP's first try at saltwater I can't emphasize enough that he go with a much bigger tank. That small water volume makes it very hard to keep things stable. I'd suggest the OP go haunt a saltwater forum to pick up some tips and start looking at Craig's List for used equipment.
 
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