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Newbie from Edinburgh here. My father kept marine fish a number of years back am I’m looking to start a new tank from scratch.

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Welcome Rannoch,

What are you considering?


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Welcome to the boards
As above, what's your plans?

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Hi

I’m hoping to start a tank with small fish and  introduce some soft corals at some point. I would probably start with 2 clown fish. I have a good location for the tank , the room doesn’t get too hot or cold and isn’t in direct sunlight. I don’t mind spending to get the right gear.



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Hi

I’m hoping to start a tank with small fish and  introduce some soft corals at some point. I would probably start with 2 clown fish. I have a good location for the tank , the room doesn’t get too hot or cold and isn’t in direct sunlight. I don’t mind spending to get the right gear.

Have you seen any tanks that you like? Also have you considered how your do your water changes? I got stung by that first time around.

Also how big is the space? Generally you want as much volume for water as possible to keep parameters in check more easily

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Hi and welcome to a brexit free website , lol  lol
The only trump on here is a misplaced fart .
Loads of friendly people and good advice on here to be had .look forward to hearing of you're progress as you go along.
First thing you need to do really is think about where you want to put the tank that will give you an idea of the size you can go up to .
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Have you seen any tanks that you like? Also have you considered how your do your water changes? I got stung by that first time around.

Also how big is the space? Generally you want as much volume for water as possible to keep parameters in check more easily

The room has lots of space, it's basically empty apart from a small 2 seater sofa. I will be able to manage the water changes and there's a cupboard to store everything in.

I haven't really looked at tanks but I don't want to go too big. Any recommendations for a tank? Ideally, I would like 5 small fish and some corals.

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Have a look at eBay there's loads on there new and second hand tanks.
There used to be a myth with marine that you need a minimum of a 3 foot tank .
But then people do have pico tanks and nano tanks which are small .
For what you are looking at I'd recommend something around 2 ft square minimum really.
What you need to do is sit down and think I want these fish then take into account how big they will get once they are adult size,they need room to swim about .
Also you need to take into account adding sand/gravel and live rock will take up a bit of room so will coral,anemone etc.internal or external filter.
And you don't have to have a protein skimmer,
Have a look around when you find one or a couple post it on here and we will all give you a honest opinion if it's big enough and suitable .
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From my mistakes the best advice I can give is to really thoroughly research exactly what you dream of... don’t rush. Once it’s placed and full of water, rocks,  etc, the last thing you want is to then need to shift it because hardware etc doesn’t fit. Will you be having a sump? Triple check where sunlight is coming in the room.
Then....... YES my friend get excited you’re going to absolutely love this hobby!!!!!

Whilst remaining insanely patient throughout lol


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