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Hi all! My name is Jeff. I have kept fresh water tanks for about 20 years. Took a break for about 6 years. I decided that I wanted to give it a go again and go saltwater. I have been studying and doing research for about 6 months now. I've been following some of the forums and lurking in the shadows.

I heard about a frag show here in Omaha this past weekend and was excited to find out about a local salt group. That is how I got here. Glad I went. Finally an opportunity to actually meet and talk to local people and maybe see first hand what's going on.

My plan is to put an 8' tank in the wall in my basement recroom. I have a whole room behind that wall for all the equipment and such.

I think my immediate goal is a FOWLER tank to learn and be sure I can maintain the livestock. Then maybe down the road try a reef.
I was pretty excited to see you guys actually meet and get together for different activities and such.

Not much else to say right now. Just thought I would introduce myself.

Welcome to the community Jeff,
Glad to have you join!
Awesome you're taking the saltwater plunge :silly:
I like your tank plan, bet it will be awesome when you're done.

What kind of freshwater fish did you keep the most of?
And which is your favorite?

Also what kinds of fish are you interested in for your new tank?

Welcome to the group. Much like you I started fresh before I got salty.
Lurking and learning is a great way to start. Ask lots of questions, as we have all done stupid things in our time.
Do you have and equipment planned out yet?

The majority of my tanks were cichlids of all kinds Central and South Americans in the beginning. I was all about the biguns. Then evolved into and pretty much stayed with Africans for the last 10 years.

I'm looking at probably a 300 gallonish tank this time around. I really like the triggers, angels and tangs. There are so many awesome fish it will be tough to decide.

Good to plan early, fish husbandry can be difficult if you get the order of introduction wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

I am still in the learning and research stage now. I was blown away at how many options there are for equipment and quite confused on what to use. The more I researched the harder it seems to be to figure out. Everyone swears they have it figured out and the other guy is full of it. lol. I really don't want to buy everything 3 times. That is why I was excited to find a local group.

I will be starting to buy equipment in a few months with a goal of putting the tank in the wall next spring. It seems like a long time from now but it will be here before I know it.

There are really thousands of ways to make it work. What works for one does not always work for others.
Initial things to buy....bigger than you think you need skimmer, tank, sump, stand, and return pump. After that, we have optional things that are good ideas to have. Like reactors, filter socks, algae scrubber/fuge area, ATO

Yes I am realizing it seems to a core group of parameters you need to maintain and there are a lot of ways to do it.

In the beginning my plan is to start with the DT, sump, socks, skimmer, return pump, RODI unit, heaters, ATO, rock and sand.

I've found a few setups I think I like for the RO water and salt mixing setup. I have a pretty decent space in the room behind where the tank will go. Including water access and a floor drain.

I will definately have a quarantine tank.

One of the things I am hoping to gain is a better understanding and real world opinions of the different equipment like skimmers and such. There's a lot of $ to be spent on some of this stuff. I want to try to make the best choices.

I did not do this due to price, but a Skimmer with a Gate Valve is a good idea. Just easier to adjust to your water level. As for brand-there are tons of options all pretty good in that size range (smaller ones there is a bigger difference)

if you have specific things you are comparing, let us know.

I surely will. I will spending a good deal of time reading a lot of the posts here to help get me in the know a bit so to speak. Feel free to offer suggestions for equipment type or brands. Thanks in advance for all the help.

I am very handy and have access to a machine shop as well. I am a Toolmaker for a living. DIY stuff is an option as well if there are things out there that have been proven to work. I can probably build about anything. The machining capability may help one of you as well.


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