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    I currently have tropical fish, i have just been looking for a 4 ft tank so i can expand a bit and seen lots of marine set ups. Are marine fish as easy to keep as tropical fish? I would love a marine tank but think i will stick to my tropical fish if they take lots of looking after. thanks for any advice x

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    Got no advice, but was just wondering if you could help us. We have tropical fish, We got 4 new tiger fish on Tuesday and by this morning they were all floating. Now the other fish are looking a tad lazy.
    Is it best to just start the tank again with the water? Im not sure if we have picked up any bad water or something from a shop.

    First time we have had tropical fish lol x

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    were there any markings/ spots or anything on the fish? some fish do just die when introduced to a new tank due to stress. I would take a sample of water back to where you bought your fish and ask them to test it.

    Hi my brother has a marine fish tank and he says it isn't an easy think to keep or get right if you do go down the path the all in one systems are useless and that you are better off with a custom build with sump as well as them you will need live rock at £12 p/kg protein skimmer, uv, phosphate reactor, return pumps powerheads lighting if you want coral, basically the list is endless.

    You also need to be patient let your tank cycle and make sure you buy stock that can live in your water.
    Maintanace there is water changes 10% weekly protein skimmer cleaning sump clean tank clean maybe scrape some coraline off, feed corals feed fish 3-4 times a day.

    If you want anymore help and advise just ask.

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    Hi my brother has a marine fish tank and he says it isn't an easy think … Hi my brother has a marine fish tank and he says it isn't an easy think to keep or get right if you do go down the path the all in one systems are useless and that you are better off with a custom build with sump as well as them you will need live rock at £12 p/kg protein skimmer, uv, phosphate reactor, return pumps powerheads lighting if you want coral, basically the list is endless.You also need to be patient let your tank cycle and make sure you buy stock that can live in your water.Maintanace there is water changes 10% weekly protein skimmer cleaning sump clean tank clean maybe scrape some coraline off, feed corals feed fish 3-4 times a day.If you want anymore help and advise just ask.



    And... Marine setup will cost you a fair bit more than a tropical set up. Fish are around £20-30 upwards at my local store.

    Oh and they are extremely high maintenance. One of my friends has one and pays someone around £20 a week to clean it/maintain it every week.

    My brothers 2ft cube has cost him to date £2,000 yes 2k

    and my lovely brother logged into my account and wrote the above to comments! x

    A marine tank will take up a lot of your time until it becomes established, and alot of your money. these fish are very sensitive to changes, so alot of care is needed. if you are that unsure of the commitment to a marine fish stick with tropical, these are alot easier to take care of and not that expensive. When you pay around £90 for a marine fish and it dies within a few weeks its alot of money to lose as if you spend £5 on a tropical fish that dies its not breaking the bank.

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    wow thats a lot of work and money! thanks for all the advice. i definitely think i will stick to tropical then. just need to try and find a 4ft tank then now x
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