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There are three common types of saltwater aquarium setups. The Fish Only, the Fish Only with Live Rock (FOWLR) and a reef tank. I really just consider two of those as viable setups. The fish only set up is really kind of difficult in terms of biological control of the filter and (in my opinion) makes it harder to keep a saltwater tank without live rock. Live rock is awesome and will become the primary biological filter in your tank. FOWLR tanks are the way to go for someone new to the saltwater side of the hobby. Reef tanks require a little more precision and can be much more expensive to set up and stock because they require more equipment and more expensive livestock usually.

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A fish tank weighs between 8 and 12 pounds per gallon, depending on what's in the tank. It's usually easier to use the average of the two, and use 10 pounds per gallon as a very rough guideline. This means that a 100 gallon tank could very well weigh over 1,000 pounds when setup. This also means that you should think twice before placing your marine reef tank on an upstairs floor. If you're unsure about how much weight the floor can hold, at the very least call a professional to come in and assess the situation.

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There are some setup rules and guidelines necessary for angelfish tanks and aquariums. Almost every pet store that carries aquarium fish also sells betta fish. Unfortunately, betta fish are one of the most mistreated aquarium fish due to the false impression about their basic needs. Most fish stores carry betta fish in small plastic containers rather than in fish tanks. It is because betta fish will fight each other to death if they are not separated, and the pet stores will not invest money in one proper setup aquarium for every betta fish. Thus, the well-being of the betta fish is ignored.


A 10 gallon aquarium is a popular choice for beginning hobbyists. Many hobbyists set up a 10 gallon aquarium as a low light, low tech freshwater tropical community tank. Other 10 gallon aquarium setup ideas include species tanks for , , , , , , and . A 10 gallon aquarium may also be planted with live plants such as , , and . Finally, a 10 gallon aquarium setup can be a good choice for a fry tank or a temporary quarantine tank for sick fish.

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