SaltyBiker· Harbinger of Salt
There again we are talking about budgets and money but auto top offs fix that little problem. Its all about how much you wanna spend and to spend more in the beginning will pay off later instead of going the cheap route then having to re-buy something better later.Well Helen for starts depends on your budget and how much responsibility you want for maintenance. Bigger tanks of 55 gallon or more is recommended because evaporation and raise in salinity gravity. So how much work you wanna do is one question you ask yourself and how much I want to spend because this hobby does get expensive.
I dont recomend a 55 for a reef, they are too narrowand hard to work around rock work during cleaning. If you want larger but not huge I suggest 75 gallons. 50 gallon bow front tanks are nice as well.
I recently sold a 50 gallon bow front and now currently have my 30 gallon tall tank and a 4 gallon pico tank. Set it up right, have a good spacious sump, and stay on top of maintanence and any size tank will thrive.