New Tank setup

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Good Evening All,
I'm looking to set up a new marine tank. I have had a few tropical tanks before but first time into the marine territory. Any advic welcome. Few questions
1) Size of tank looking at fluval 240 or juwel 350. Any recommendations or any other tanks
2) Cured v uncured rocks
3) Rocks, Coral and fish or Rocks fish and coral in that order of introduction to the tank.
4) I have had gravel before and it was really hard cleaning it but looking at small pebbles. Would that still work?

TIA

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Good Evening All,
I'm looking to set up a new marine tank. I have had a few tropical tanks before but first time into the marine territory. Any advic welcome. Few questions
1) Size of tank looking at fluval 240 or juwel 350. Any recommendations or any other tanks
2) Cured v uncured rocks
3) Rocks, Coral and fish or Rocks fish and coral in that order of introduction to the tank.
4) I have had gravel before and it was really hard cleaning it but looking at small pebbles. Would that still work?

TIA
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1- very much personal choice. The bigger the tank the less fluctuations in parameters and this can be easier. My preference would be a tank that has a sump for skimmer etc and a tank that allow you to easy upgrade lights. Keeping corals is very dependent on good (expensive) lights
2-bacteria need to establish. Easiest to start with live rock, but can also be done with dry rock, just cycling takes longer
3- I would go rock fish coral as some coral are more demanding of stable parameters (softies then LPS then SPS in order of difficulty)
4- often sand acts as a substrate for beneficial bacteria. With pebbles that would be less and I imagine you get a lot of build up of detritus on pebbles requiring frequent hoovering and more maintenance. Personally I would go for sand. Also some marine fish like to sleep in the sand or shift through it.
5- don’t forget water quality is key. Make your own RODI or buy it from LFS or buy ready made salt water or sea water.


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Thanks for the advice. I'm going out to today to look at some tanks but hard to find places who have all thats needed. Hoepfully can find one soon.

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My local fish shop (LFS) is a Maidenhead aquatics and they have quite a few on display. Personally I have a Red Sea reefer 250, but bought it second hand from another forum (ultimate reef). There are a good few 250-350 marine tanks available. Have a look at charterhouse aquatics for inspiration. Ultimately it depends on how much money you want to spend , but secondhand should get you a decent tank for 25-50% of new I’d say. The money tends to go into equipment (return pump, wavemakers, skimmer, lights - roughly in order or increasing price).


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I had the fluval roma 240 for tropicals and I definitely wouldn't recommend for marine. The lids are really flimsy and the middle door on the cabinet is fixed so a bit awkward to get access. I sold mine only yesterday and I've bought the aqua marin 900 which looks fab. It all depends on your budget and what you want to keep in it

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