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    anyone on here into keeping marine fish?

    I've had fresh water in the past, and the kidds want a tank (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). Thing is, I really fancy trying a marine tank. Are they hard to maintain?

    Any good pointers, tank recommendations etc welcome.

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    i used to keep tropical fish, had a look into what was needed to keep marine fish

    lots of money and effort , so i decided no way for me

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    They are pretty hard to get set up correctly initially and maintain the correct levels, and can be a quite a bit more expensive than a freshwater setup. If you want a bit less maintainence, you can do a tropical tank stoked with cichlids. I have a 350L corner tank with a full stock of malawi cichlids, and the colours on them are incredible.

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    I keep tropical but would love marine, thing is I just don't have the time to maintain it as it should be. They take a LOT of maintenance. However, if you're prepared to dedicate the time to doing it, then IMO, you can't beat a nice big tropical setup as a centrepiece in a room
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    Very expensive and time consuming. As StephNET said go for Malawis for a marine look tropical tank but you need large groups in a big tank to reduce aggression.
    Use coral sand to buffer the ph, it looks good too.

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    I have a 4ft tropical tank. Thats good enough for me. Kids want Marine cos of the "Nemo" Clown fish lol. It's a lot of work, with the tanks and the eco life that has to be maintained. I had a look into it myself and it's too much work for my liking lol. Tropical will do me just fine hehe.

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    thanks for the replies. Might read up a bit more, but the kids would be happy with tropical. Sounds like marine would possibly be too much.

    I do like the marine look so will check out the Malawis if we get tropical.

    thanks

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    Definatly get Malawi's mate, my mum has a Malawi tank and it looks amazing! I really got into it before i moved out and now my mum looks after them all. Personally i like peacock malawis as they has flared out fins that look better. Be careful of Mbuna's as these can be aggressive. Also Haps are a good Malawi to go for Im sure you'll find your own way though

    Try and get some sand on the bottom and then some coral rock stacked up. Malawis like their territories so make sure theres loads of nucks and crannys about for them to dart about. Its also a good idea to reposition rocks about every week to confuse them and make them look for new territories again, keeps them acupied and from attacking other fish.

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    I don't belive that they are hard to keep I have a marine set up,once up and running its easier to maintain than my old tropical set up,granted alot more expensive to buy fish/corals and salt but worth every penny.
    Filter changes are minimal,no dead/rotting plants to keep replacing,I change 1/2 a bucket of water every week and clean the glass thats it!! and its thriving,filters get cleaned once every two/three months and they are always full of baby shrimps etc

    go for it !!!

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    Hey guys I work in a huge pet retailer called PETstock here in Aust. people make marine way harder than it has to be!!! provided you have the right info it is no harder than tropical fish..............I also keep african cichlids and maintain marine in our shop no difference

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