Will This Size Be Ok For Some Basic Coral?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by frog, Jun 24, 2018.

  1. frogNew MemberMember

    hi I wanted to make a salt water set up with just maybe a couple of pieces of coral.

    What is the bare minimum I can get away with in as far as volume that doesn't require too much mucking around.

    I have no idea
     
  2. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    I dont know much about saltwater but coral is really expensive. I would think if you were going to buy “a couple of pieces” you would place them in a bigger tank with good lighting made for corals, but I guess that jar can work too. Except I wouldn’t even recommend it for what it says in the title “fighting fish tank”.

    I would say maybe like a 10 gallon would be good to start with saltwater, possibly even a 29 cube, that you can add fish to eventually.
     
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    frogNew MemberMember

    Thanks for your reply.

    I was perhaps thinking actually to put some neons in it..
    What do you think about that? Maybe 5 or 6. Much easier to manage also and put a small led on the top and chuck it near a window

    I am kinda looking for something to help me with my deep depression.. so yeh. any ideas will help
     




  4. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    I mean are still planning on doing a saltwater with corals? Neons are freshwater, tropical fish. They also need 10+ gallons minimum and schools of 6+ fish. You can buy a kit for around $40 at walmart, if you live in the US. It comes with everything you need, except a heater...and water and fish, of course. lol. If you put a tank near a window then you’ll be inviting a major algae problem into your tank.


    Fish keeping can definitely help with that. There’s many threads about possible questions you have into starting a tank. Or you can ask a new question.
     
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    frogNew MemberMember

    I know neons are not salt water fish but I was thinking might be a safe option. I guess the problem is that you need a chiller and they are expensive to run right? Or can you get away without a chiller with corals due to tolerance?

    I was thinking this tank now actually. I appreciate your help.

     
     
  6. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    Saltwater is definitely way more expensive than freshwater but fish keeping is expensive in general. From what i’ve read, corals are super sensitive and need ideal parameters for them to grow and survive.

    I’m really not sure how much water it can hold. It looks somewhere between 4-9 gallons. That would be good for a single betta or a colony of shrimp.
     
  7. OP
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    frogNew MemberMember

    Hi,
    I think ill go neons. How many do you think I can get away with in that tank>
    6 you said?

    yeh looking at it, it does look like a lot of real mucking around and the lights actually cause a lot of heat.
    Maybe just some neons and a led light, maybe some weed, should be good.
     
  8. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    In the tank you showed? None. Like I said, a single betta can go in that tank.
     
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    frogNew MemberMember

    Lol ok.
    I don't like the betta fish tho =(
     
  10. OP
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    frogNew MemberMember

    Hey,
    I came across this one, its cheap too, but it doesnt have a chiller. Any thoughts?

     
     
  11. bryangar

    bryangarWell Known MemberMember

    $350 for all of that is a really good deal. You shouldn’t need a chiller depending on the fish you get.
     
  12. OP
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    frogNew MemberMember

    Yeh absolutely.
    I actually got it down to $300.

    No, I dont really want fish. Tbh I am not responsible/experienced enough right now and I would hate to put a fish through trauma. Not ashamed to say it.
     
  13. puffer boi

    puffer boiWell Known MemberMember

    coral would be alot harder then fish...
     
  14. OP
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    frogNew MemberMember

    Depends on the coral but I dont think so.
     
  15. puffer boi

    puffer boiWell Known MemberMember

    have you done any resheach?
     
  16. AJ6817

    AJ6817New MemberMember

    First of all, coral is very hard to care for. It's probably one of the most sensitive things you can put in a tank. Salt water fish in general are relatively difficult to care for. PLEASE do some research before you go and kill a bunch of coral, it's alive just like fish.. Also, this is the freshwater fish subforum, just saying...
     




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