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it can be salt or fresh water, but maybe i will do a saltwater, are those harder to upkeep?
 

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Not harder to upkeep, but they do require a lot of saltwater-specific knowledge and are far more expensive to set up, what with live rock, sumps, protein skimmers etc. Don't do it unless you have tons of money and are prepared to put in a bucket load of research AND not have many fish. Cheaper to learn to scuba dive and see them in the wild.

I would definitely do a sorority. :D Or have a dwarf gourami.
 

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hahaha i think i'll just do a sorority then, i'm not the richest person.... ps i already know how to skuba dive, just ive only ever done it in a reeeely deep pool :D
 

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I would suggest keeping a few female Bettas and maybe a few guppies or neon tetras for variety ^^ I have one male Betta, 7 neons, 2 guppies, two shrimp, and a car fish in my 55 gallon tank right now XD that's why I'm suggesting neons or guppies.
 

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That is a reef tank with 2 compact fluorescents so you are going to have a lot of light. It will be fine for freshwater and great for a planted tank. You may even find that you have too much light.
Looking around some more, it appears to come with one actinic light. Ditch it and replace with another 10K 36 watt fluorescent. Most plants won't respond to actinic but algae loves it.

I missed your question about saltwater. It is way more difficult. With these little nano cube systems, some of the work has been taken out of it, but it is a full time hobby. Saltwater is also very expensive. Seriously, just set a pile of money on fire.
I don't want to talk you out of it because it is very rewarding, but you know, "eyes open" and such.
To give you an idea, I had a large reef tank that cost me upwards of around $4000 - that's not counting all the chemicals I had to buy to maintain my coral - sump, protein skimmer, live rock, water pump, metal halide lights that were too hot so we also had a chiller, etc... And on and on and on.

My husband and I went away for a long weekend, and my brother-in-law was charged with feeding my fish one day. He came by on Sunday and fed the fish. He also nuked a burrito in the microwave and somehow blew a fuse. He checked every fuse in the fuse box except the one the tank was on. When we came home, the tank water looked lke milk, and everything was dead. Saltwater holds less oxygen than fresh, and so must always be in motion to aerate the water. No power = no water pump = suffocated fish. When the fish died, they released toxins into the water that killed off the coral. It was a total disaster. It makes me angry just writing about it. My poor critters. :(

Tldr version: it is a very rewarding hobby that can be full of heartbreak.
 

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thanks, i do have a new question though, the tank has a small layer of water and sand at the bottem about a inch and a half thick, how would i go about cleaning out such a large tank? can't lift it, how should i get all the stuff out and sterilize it?
 

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thanks, i do have a new question though, the tank has a small layer of water and sand at the bottem about a inch and a half thick, how would i go about cleaning out such a large tank? can't lift it, how should i get all the stuff out and sterilize it?
I'm afraid you're going to have to scoop. After its out, just get a sponge or a soft scrub brush and wash it out real good. I wouldn't use anything harsher than a vinegar/water rinse. You might want to set it up and run it for a few days with freshwater, then drain it out and refill before you add any plants or critters.
 

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:p dang i was hoping there was an easier way, seing as i dont know how long this stuff was sitting in the tank before i got it, i just hope it doesn't smell too bad :(
 

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Why not do a bit of research on planted tanks and go that route? You can make DIY CO2 and change those bulbs out for 6500-6700k ones. :)

Your sorority would probably appreciate some plants.
 

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I would suggest plants, maybe even a NPT, I have one, so much easier. There are less water changes, ask OFL her 55 gallon gets 4-5 water changes a year, that is after the tank matures though.

You will need organic dirt, lots of stem plants (enough to fill 75% of the tank floor) and floating plants. I would suggest talking to OFL before, if you do go down this path.
 
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