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Glad I found this site. Am looking forward to learning/reading up. Want to start out small. Five to ten gallons. Interested in equipment to get me going. Anyone in my area have equipment for sale to get me going or any other leads I might be interested in? Thanks. Also.........I should not have put my real name on here. How do I change in to a handle? Don't see option for that. Thanks.
 

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Your best bet is to re-register with another handle... ;)

Welcome to TRT and welcome to the wonderful world of Reef Keeping....

Be advised... it's EXTREMELY addictive...
 

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There are actually quite a few people in the Puget Sound area that keep reef tanks. I would suggest looing at the Puget Sound Aquarium Society at www.thepsas.org . We meet monthly, except in the summer months, and there are always people willing to help out the new folks.

Good luck and welcome the the money pit.

-Reed
 

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I run a 12G nano-reef. I should forewarn you if you haven't bought equipment yet - if you can go up to 20 gallons you'll be a lot happier.

The smaller tanks are VERY hard to keep constant. Temperature, salinity and general water quality contantly change in my 12g due to the small amount of water in the system. However - if you must start small.....I am running a 12G eclipse with 3 inches of sand in the bottom, about 24 lbs. of live rock. I have a shrimp, some crabs/snails and 2 fish in there. The fish & shrimp have been around for 2 years. Corals come and go since I can't get the parameters perfect.

I changed the power compact bulb that came with the eclipse for a 50/50 power compact bulb and I also added a small fixture from Home Depot to help with lighting.

Good Luck!
 

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after being in the hobby for a couple years now, i am beginning to view my 29 as a "nano" as i try to fit ever more and more frags in it. buying lights and filtration for something like a 10 gallon is not going to be much cheaper than a 29 gallon, or even a 55 gallon.

i kick myself every day when i wake up in the morning and go to check out the tank.

"why didn't i just shell out the extra 30 bucks for a 55 when i started and built my system around that?"

moral of the story, unless you have a burning desire to get all bonsai with your reef for space or aesthetics, i would definately go bigger, because as you learn more and more, and see more and more stuff you can keep, you are going to find yourself having to get rid of prized specimines just to try something new. save yourself the heartache and go big on the first go! bigger is better!

heck, most people here would probably rate a 55 as a small tank :p

if you decide to stay with the small tank idea, hit nano-reef.com if you havent found it yet. they will have entire boards with answers to the questions you didn't even know you needed to ask yet. things like filtration, lighting, water testing and parameters, and what livestock goes well in small tanks, and what is better left for the bigger tanks (just dont ask if you can have a tang in a 5 gallon tank, save yourself that flame!).

HTH
 
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