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Okay guys. I'm going to venture into my first attempt at saltwater. I've read and researched for years, but finally now am in a position where I can really afford to give it a go. 

 

My main question is where to really begin. I have an empty 10 gallon from my old freshwater set up. But it's literally just the tank now. 

 

As a total noob is it advisable to just use that tank, and attempt to modify it for a small reef? Or should I just go out and grab an EVO kit and dump the old tank?

 

My biggest concern is in the DIY portions. I'm not incredibly handy, and have very limited tools at my disposable. Basically just a screwdriver, hammer and handsaw.

 

I only plan on keeping live rock, inverts and some easy corals in this first tank. 

 

I don't want to bite off more than I can chew and ruin the hobby for myself. Thanks guys! 

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Jim_i

For you I would suggest an AIO.  That way you know what accessories fit your brand/model and can search Nano-Reef to see what other reefers have done.  Plus, you can upgrade your tank as you learn and grow.

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I was looking theough the EVO forums. They have pretty good reviews, but some people seem to have to replace every part within a couple months of buying it. I'm fine with slowly upgrading each piece, but to buy the kit and the new need 6-7 addition new parts almost immediately seems to be a bit expensive. 

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13 minutes ago, Azreil13 said:

I was looking theough the EVO forums. They have pretty good reviews, but some people seem to have to replace every part within a couple months of buying it. I'm fine with slowly upgrading each piece, but to buy the kit and the new need 6-7 addition new parts almost immediately seems to be a bit expensive. 

Very true, but no matter what system you buy someone somewhere has had an issue with it.  The call is ultimately yours.

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Just now, Jim_i said:

Very true, but no matter what system you buy someone somewhere has had an issue with it.  The call is ultimately yours.

That's honestly a very good point. I suppose starting with a good base is Bette right than winging it. 

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Jim_i

Are we looking at the 5g or 13.5g?  I almost bought the 13.5g myself, but I have voices in my head that always tell me there's greener grass on the other side.  Not always true, unfortunately...

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I was originally thinking the 5. I already have a planted Betta tank with a school of corys, about 35 pots of plants, and am trying to build  couple photobioreactors. In addition to my 65 hour work weeks lol

 

I thought the 5 may be less work to set up, with everything else I have going on, but I've wanted a reef tank since I could read, so I know I'll  have to get the 13.5. There's too many pretty corals out there not to! Plus my FW has been up almost a year in its current state, so it runs itself now. 

 

Although. I may just start with the 5 and once i get that up and going pick up a bigger tank down the line. Make sure it's a hobby I can stick to. 

 

I honestly get so so sad seeing neglected tanks. I had a Betta sorority because i saw them in their cups at Walmart and couldnt leave them. I'm down to just one girl. She was the worst off and has lasted the longest. I swear she knows too. I catch her staring at me sometimes lol.

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get the 13.5 or consider going low tech like WV Reefer. check out her 12 gallon long thats only got live rock for a filter. her KISS approach works! i want to do that with a 22 gallon long.

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Thanks! I'll have to check her out! My FW tank is all planted with no filter, it's been an experience setting up, but I love how "natural" it feels!

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5 hours ago, Azreil13 said:

Okay guys. I'm going to venture into my first attempt at saltwater. I've read and researched for years, but finally now am in a position where I can really afford to give it a go. 

 

My main question is where to really begin. I have an empty 10 gallon from my old freshwater set up. But it's literally just the tank now. 

 

As a total noob is it advisable to just use that tank, and attempt to modify it for a small reef? Or should I just go out and grab an EVO kit and dump the old tank?

 

My biggest concern is in the DIY portions. I'm not incredibly handy, and have very limited tools at my disposable. Basically just a screwdriver, hammer and handsaw.

 

I only plan on keeping live rock, inverts and some easy corals in this first tank. 

 

I don't want to bite off more than I can chew and ruin the hobby for myself. Thanks guys! 

Go with evo, Ive been really happy with it and has a lot of upgrade options for down the road as you get more experience in reef keeping.  

 

There are very affordable upgrades and lots of diy on forums here too.

 

All you would need is sand, live rock, heater, salt mix, hydrometer, distilled water or reverse osmosis/deionized water from your lfs and your on your way to grow most corals.

 

Also recommend water changes every two weeks, I get a bucket and throw 3 gallons of rodi water and make a fresh batch of salt water for a quick 10 percent water change.

 

Future upgrades I would recommend upgraded return pump, power head, light upgrade.

 

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