01-18-2013, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by JimBinSC
Thanks to all who responded with answers. I never would have thought to scrub the seals other than a quick wipe down.
Nilet, as Byron may or may not remember I have been tossing the idea around of which tank to be fresh and which to be salt for awhile. I planned on making the 75 fresh but changed at the last minute. Looking at the cost comparison of outfitting a proper 75 or 29 SW with overflow, sump, proper lighting, etc the smaller is cheaper but I give up variety. Also I have a clown loach that is outgrowing the 29 (as expected) so a tank upsize or fish trade is needed. I am still considering my options.
On the clown loach, remember that mature fish need a 6-foot tank at minimum, and this species needs a group because of its high social interaction, so 5 or more. I mention this here because if the larger tank is not an absolute, rather than adding more loaches that will not be in suitable surroundings shortly, it would be better to re-home the existing loach.
This has always been my approach, when I have mistakenly acquired potentially large fish--something that in the distant past was possible, though obviously not now. My adage which I have followed for the past few years is that I will never buy a fish that I do not know all about, nor will I buy any fish for which I do not now have the appropriate tank running. This has saved me considerable grief I'm sure, not to mention the fish.