Thing you wish you did differently...

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  1. FastFish720

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    Looking at your aquarium, what do you know now that you wish you would have done differently. It can be BIG or small.

    On one of my first aquariums, I wish I wouldn't have used a cheap laminate stand that started falling apart when saltwater was spilled on it.
     
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    I wish I would have built my own stand that was taller. I like the Oceanic BC stand, but you have to sit on something short like a salt bucket to enjoy the tank.
     
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    Different sump with 24/7 refugia.... went Oceanic instead of AGA, better yet, went with a larger starfire....
     
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    Not bought an old used tank on Craig's List.....
     
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    Not living in a rented apartment. On a serious note...though I love the depth of my current tank (24")...wish I had more like 36" or more.
     
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    You want to swim in that don't you?!?
     
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    come to think of it.... O well if I started now... this thread would belong to the sump ;)

    anyone considered converting their swimming pools into a reef tank :biggthumpup: :nuts:
     
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    that would be sweet, a swimming pool reef.... I've thought about that... How cool would that be, tough to have enough water movement though... big surge devices...
     
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    Surge devices would be cool & i wouldnt worry about overflow coz you could have a beach.
     
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    Reminds me of the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando...
     
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    my very first saltwater aquariumwhen I was 8 years olf...it was a 20 gallon. The power went out and I grabbed my pillow and an airline tube laying next the the aquarium in the middle of the night....blowing air into it.
    The trouble came when I passed out and half of the tank water syphoned out around me while I slept....:grr:


    I've invested in abattery backup since then...haha
     
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    Pics would be nice or got a video on youtube somewhere?
     
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    I'm sure I could find pics of the tank.... but that was 17years ago and I did not own a video camera... :beerchug: so no video..:(
     
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    List of things I would have done different.

    1) I would never spend a fortune on Florida rock again. Total waste of money on the rock itself and shipping it in water via air freight.
    2) I would not put the tank on hardwoods floors or I would find something to put it on so the water doesn’t go onto the floor and ruin them.
    3) I would not buy my stand again, it has shiny metal poles that rust.
    4) I would resist the temptation to buy hard to keep corals and fish. It’s frequently a disappointment in the end and always more work than its worth.
    5) Listen to people and make sure every single power cord has a drip loop (fried an Rk2 that way)
    6) Never add things like zoos, green star polyps or xenia to an area of the tank where it can spread uncontrolled. I would only add these things to islands that can be removed and pruned easy.
    7) Use less rock and create more open areas by building unique structures with fiberglass rod.
    8) Never buy a 90 . The 120 isn’t much more and doesn’t create much more work but allows for way more interesting rockwork.
    9) Forget the dream of aquacultureing corals for profit. Chances for real success are low and the start up cost can be ridiculous.
    10) Never rely on float switches alone for top off, in the end they always fail.
     
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    Why Zoos? will they take over any LPS/SPS real estate or trouble them?
     
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    they grow in sheets and it can be very hard to get rid of them.
     
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    While the list would be too long and hurt too much.
    The biggest sting are the large tanks sitting in storage.
    41' in 4 tanks sitting empty, REALLY HURTS. I will use them someday if they do not sell but somehow it would be nice if the clock and calender would stop for a month or 2. WOuld be nice to catch up on things :biggrin:
     
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    #19 sea monkey, Jan 17, 2008
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    Yeah it seems like people that set up the large tanks end up tearing them down not long after
     

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