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OK so how long have you had a salt tank? Whether Reef or FOWLR, how long have you been in the hobby?

I have had a salt water tank since 1993. I did have a 10G seahorse tank back in the late 80s but it was only for about 6 months.
I’ve had a tank since I was a kid but I went salt in 2001. Started with a 54 corner then a 75 and moved and got a 29 biocube then a 65 then a 125 and now a 210.
I had freshwater since I was a kid. Got into growing underwater plants with home made c02, didn't work out well.
Got into salt since about January, so around 6 months.

Its a whole new world!!

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I guess I should really clarify my tanks. I had just a FOWLR from 1993 to 2017. I had a 45 for about 10 years and upgraded to a 72BF. I tried some nems in the late 90s and a couple corals but nothing survived. I didn't have good lights and everywhere I went back then, nobody was very helpful at any of the LFS.

I only started reefing back in September, when I setup my 90. The 72BF center support cracked before I could start reefing. I decided I was going to try reefing and got lights for the 72. About 2 weeks later I noticed the crack. I had to scramble to get a quick replacement and I wanted to go bigger. The 90 was the choice (bad one), scaping a 90 sucks, period ! ! When I won the Waterbox I was over the moon. I put everything I had into a 40B and got the space ready for the new tank. Sold the 90 and I am where I am now.
Bred guppies and angel fish all through the 80's and early 90's. Also live plants. Got started in saltwater in the early 90's. I can remember picking out live rock and thinking the ones with aiptasia were the good ones... The earliest saltwater tanks were fish only decorated with large dead coral decor. Then fowlr. Didn't do a full blown reef until 1996ish. Now I am really into the technology of the reef tank. I'm amazed at how far the hobby has come.

Happy Reefing!

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Just made it past the one year mark with m tank I’ve had fresh water fish since I was a kid in a ten gallon and I have had my 55 with cichlids in it for probably six years.... best 50 dollar tank I ever bought lol


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Zach gave me my first tank in 2016. Took a year to get into salt. Seems like much longer lol
Well for me i got myself into saltwater in july of 2013. Started out with a used 75 gallon tank with a hob filter. It all started because of the beautiful yellow tang i saw in a petco. Found a co worker who offered me the tank when i was gonna get a 55 because he told me i would really hate how shallow it was. So after getting the tank i went to petco to get saltwater to fill it up and surprisingly they recommended me to aquatic creations to help me out. From there at their suggestion i added a 30 gal sump to it. Then after about a year i upgraded to a 55 gal homemade sump and stand. At which point i stumbled into a nhfs swap at aquatic creations. Got my first few frags there including frags from ryan and chris. I rebuilt my sump several times and re scaped the 75 several times until just a month ago i was blessed with being able to upgrade to a 180g display and 75g sump.

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Had freshwater/brackish tanks ever since moving out on my own. I was given a 55 gal FOWLR around 6 years ago, with much disapointment (but not surprised) that the stock lights couldn't even handle basic softies. When discussing light options at the LFS, my wife overheard another customer who was looking to sell their coral. Turns out he was moving and was willing to offload the entire setup he had. So $1500 later, I upgraded to a 120 tall, furniture grade stand and hood, Tom's canister, and Aqualife 2x150W NiMH lighting. Rock, soft corals, and a few fish! I was hooked! Soon found myself drilling holes to the basement and plumbing a sump to house a skimmer with a ReeFlo Snapper/Dart hybrid external. 2 years later we bought a new house and had to move the tank. It was a good opportunity to rescape, and consider LPS and SPS. Now with more than 60 species of coral, tank real estate is sparce and I'm itching to go bigger!

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Almost a year and a half in reefing... I’ve had a 55 gallon cichlid tank for about 8 years I got a a yard sale for 50 bucks and before that I had a 10 gallon tank off and on ever since I was a kid


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