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    First timer, looking for some advice.

    Hi all, I'm new to this forum, I've been reading for a weeks but this is my first post. I will be moving into my new house in January, and my whole life I've been dying to have a big saltwater aquarium.

    At first I was thinking of putting it on the half-wall between the living room and hallway, but I realized that I will be spending most of my time in the basement, and for a very large tank I'd probably have to add some sort of support to the floor upstairs.

    My basement is pretty big, the main rec room is approximately 40 feet long by 20 feet wide, so space is not an issue. Also, the house is about to be built, so any extra plumbing suggestions or drainage, etc, would be very appreciated.

    I was thinking of using the aquarium to somewhat seperate the room into 2. This is my first aquarium, but I have been doing a lot of reading, and I work from home so I have as much time as I need.

    I was thinking of going somewhere between 200-300 gallons. What would you guys suggest? I don't know where to start. I know the standard large aquarium is a 6 foot 180 gallon. I don't want to buy a tank, and then wish I'd went bigger. I don't really like big fish, but I would like to have hundreds of little fish and other creatures eventually thriving in my tank.

    I live in Ottawa, where do you guys suggest I order all of my stuff from, and what do you suggest for the size of tank and measurements?

    Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post.

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    hey have you been to marinescape their the specialist on saltwater and perhaps you may want to ask them to build you a tank that fits on your wall rather buying tank to big al's . i know its too expensive for everything to start up a SW tank the bigger tank more money to spent . I got 110gal just a regular tank a few fish and corals too. hey looking forward all of us here in AC to get a chance to see your tank in the near future kewl then goodluck !:b2:

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    Do you have an idea of how much money you're willing to spend? Definately do your homework and shop around. There are some big prices differences to be found.
    120g AGA~145 lbs Haitian LR~DA Reef Keeper 2 Controller~Dual 14k 250 DE MH's~Dual Overflows~Dual 250w Jager Heaters~Dual 96W Actinics~30g Sump/Refugium~Mag 12 Return~140 lbs Reefgrade Caribsea Aragonite~BubbleKing 180 Skimmer~Phosban Reactor~GEO Kalk Reactor~Powerheads:MP40w/Seio 820/modified Powersweep 270 with Hydor rotating deflector~Digital lighting timer for moon/fuge lighting~7 stage RODI filtration~Quarantine: modified 12.5g Marineland Eclipse

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    Quote Originally Posted by Porcupinepuffer View Post
    Do you have an idea of how much money you're willing to spend? Definately do your homework and shop around. There are some big prices differences to be found.
    If I ever get back to Canada, I will do exactly what this guy is doing. drop 10k on a huge fish tank. But drop another 10k on solar panels.
    90 gal tank
    200 gal power fussion skimmer

    1 firefish, 1 wrasse, 1 juvi yellow tang, 1 watchman gobi
    70 pounds free Live sand,200 pounds free Live rock
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    Welcome to AC MK!!! I guess a budget would help... many would love to have this massive aquarium in their house until they realize how much everything will more than likely cost... I would go with the largest aquarium you will likely be able to run. Some of these monster tanks are very expensive on the pocket book(johnny's tank comes to mind)

    I might be way off topic here but do you play poker for a living?(a guy at work was talking to me on Friday about a friend wanting to setup a rather large aquarium).

    IJO

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    Quote Originally Posted by IJO View Post
    Welcome to AC MK!!! I guess a budget would help... many would love to have this massive aquarium in their house until they realize how much everything will more than likely cost... I would go with the largest aquarium you will likely be able to run. Some of these monster tanks are very expensive on the pocket book(johnny's tank comes to mind)

    I might be way off topic here but do you play poker for a living?(a guy at work was talking to me on Friday about a friend wanting to setup a rather large aquarium).

    IJO
    Haha yup, that's me. Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Cost is not a big issue, I just don't want to go overboard. I figured you guys would have all of the right info I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _MK_ View Post
    Haha yup, that's me. Thanks for the warm welcome.

    Cost is not a big issue, I just don't want to go overboard. I figured you guys would have all of the right info I need.
    Oh yaaa mr poker player...Then....

    what hand am I holding ?"?!!!!! 8)

    HEHE...welcome to the forum.
    90 gal tank
    200 gal power fussion skimmer

    1 firefish, 1 wrasse, 1 juvi yellow tang, 1 watchman gobi
    70 pounds free Live sand,200 pounds free Live rock
    1 power heads,

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    nice... 200-300 gallon is definately a nice sized tank that will give you a lot of freedom and stability. A few points to get you thinking...

    - make sure you go with a drilled tank(this will save you from future floods). and I would go with a closed loop setup.
    - plan a sump and refugium in your setup... the more water volume you have the more stable your system will be
    - plan a visit to someone with a monster tank already setup... this will enable you to vision your setup based on what you have seen(will save you a few headaches)
    - Don't let the equipment scare you... remember price does reflect quality in many cases... you can build many of the items yourself but this can lead to future problems.(if you have a healthy budget... don't bother with the DIY... just buy the best and you should be happy with the results)
    -don't take your advice from one store/or person. Many have their own views/experience on how a tank should/can be run(and sometimes the different views are actually conflicting... welcome to the hobby hehe)

    ok... I think that should fill your tank with a million other questions... looking forward to other members advice. this should be a great thread(remember to take lots of pictures _MK_!!)

    IJO

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    the large tank forums are a good spot to get some ideas for what it seems you want.
    120g AGA~145 lbs Haitian LR~DA Reef Keeper 2 Controller~Dual 14k 250 DE MH's~Dual Overflows~Dual 250w Jager Heaters~Dual 96W Actinics~30g Sump/Refugium~Mag 12 Return~140 lbs Reefgrade Caribsea Aragonite~BubbleKing 180 Skimmer~Phosban Reactor~GEO Kalk Reactor~Powerheads:MP40w/Seio 820/modified Powersweep 270 with Hydor rotating deflector~Digital lighting timer for moon/fuge lighting~7 stage RODI filtration~Quarantine: modified 12.5g Marineland Eclipse

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