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7 minutes ago, Carla3079 said:

Thank you so much!! Im definitely feeling a lil discouraged after doing more research on the tank. But! I'm very thankful for your advice and everyone else's! So I'm going to go for it! I'm off tomorrow and Monday so planning on doing exactly what you suggested @debbeach13. Thank you so much 

I'm sure I'll have many more questions and will keep y'all posted. Thanks so much !

Oh.. and I live in Ga. And plan on getting the rock ext. from a LFS once I find one that is trusted in my area. Is that what you would suggest?

Thanks again!!

I did this exact thing with a tank I bought my son. Filled with water and vinegar and ran the pumps overnight. Cleaned that thing right up. 

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1 hour ago, Carla3079 said:

Im definitely feeling a lil discouraged after doing more research on the tank.

You shouldn't be discouraged.  It's a fine starter tank.  It should work just fine until you get a little experience and figure out what you want (fish, corals, other inverts, lights, flow,etc).  You can upgrade, upsize, or even downsize later on.

 

I kept my first tank probably a year before I decided on something a little bigger.  Then, I kept that for about a year before I went with something even bigger.  Since then I've changed tanks and equipment a number of times.  No worries, just have fun.

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There are some great local fish stores out the there. There are also some that are so motivated to make the sale that their advice is not accurate. Also some have employees that really don't have any experience. Some just have not kept up so the advice may be out dated. Like using live fish to cycle a tank. Although used for years it is cruel to the fish and no longer practiced. Check the prices at the LFS and compare with on line. I like to support the local store but if they consistently offer bad advise I look for a different store. But I buy certain consumables on line because you easily save 30% and of course selection at a local store may be limited. No worries about asking questions we enjoy helping. Have you decided if you are going to start with dry rock and use an ammonia source or are you going with live rock which will be wet. 

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Please don't feel discouraged before you've even begun. This hobby has a learning curve that can be quite steep at times. I'm willing to bet there isn't a reefer out there who hasn't considered bailing out of the whole thing, one time or another. You got a great deal on a good starter tank, and which eventually will make a great Quarantine Tank when you go to a bigger system..... Oh yah, that will happen! Reef tanks are like potato chips or cats. One is NEVER enough.

The one thing that confused me after 14 years out of reefing was the contradictory responses I would sometimes get when I asked a newbie question. Now, if I have a question, I'll ask it, get a consensus from multiple answers, and go from there. Two things I keep in my head: 1) what works in one tank, may not work in another, and, 2) nothing good ever happens fast in a reef tank. I've kept saltwater tanks, on and off, for 50 years, and I still have questions I need answered. So be bold, ask your questions, and take your time to do things right (remember rule #2). We are here for you, and want you to succeed. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

I like debbeach13's response about LFS's. Find a good one (the local reefing society in your area is a great source for dependable LFS's, as well as used equipment and coral frags, etc).

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5 hours ago, debbeach13 said:

There are some great local fish stores out the there. There are also some that are so motivated to make the sale that their advice is not accurate. Also some have employees that really don't have any experience. Some just have not kept up so the advice may be out dated. Like using live fish to cycle a tank. Although used for years it is cruel to the fish and no longer practiced. Check the prices at the LFS and compare with on line. I like to support the local store but if they consistently offer bad advise I look for a different store. But I buy certain consumables on line because you easily save 30% and of course selection at a local store may be limited. No worries about asking questions we enjoy helping. Have you decided if you are going to start with dry rock and use an ammonia source or are you going with live rock which will be wet. 

Thank you so much! I'm going to go with live rock, actually checked out a LFS today and got an idea of their prices so I can compare to online. @debbeach13 thanks again!!!

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1 hour ago, Oldsalt01 said:

Please don't feel discouraged before you've even begun. This hobby has a learning curve that can be quite steep at times. I'm willing to bet there isn't a reefer out there who hasn't considered bailing out of the whole thing, one time or another. You got a great deal on a good starter tank, and which eventually will make a great Quarantine Tank when you go to a bigger system..... Oh yah, that will happen! Reef tanks are like potato chips or cats. One is NEVER enough.

The one thing that confused me after 14 years out of reefing was the contradictory responses I would sometimes get when I asked a newbie question. Now, if I have a question, I'll ask it, get a consensus from multiple answers, and go from there. Two things I keep in my head: 1) what works in one tank, may not work in another, and, 2) nothing good ever happens fast in a reef tank. I've kept saltwater tanks, on and off, for 50 years, and I still have questions I need answered. So be bold, ask your questions, and take your time to do things right (remember rule #2). We are here for you, and want you to succeed. The only stupid question is the one you don't ask.

I like debbeach13's response about LFS's. Find a good one (the local reefing society in your area is a great source for dependable LFS's, as well as used equipment and coral frags, etc).

Thank you so much! @Oldsalt01

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19 hours ago, Oldsalt01 said:

Find a good one (the local reefing society in your area is a great source for dependable LFS's, as well as used equipment and coral frags, etc).

Old salt is so wise. A local club might be one of the best resources for any reefer. Well second best NR is first. 

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If it was me, I would look for a different tank... I wouldn’t want to use one that had actually been recalled. You could keep that one as a quarantine tank in case you ever need one. I would just keep an eye out on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace and your local Facebook reefing group, or look into some of the good starter all in one tanks. 

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