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post #1 of 18 Old 09-30-2007, 01:14 AM Thread Starter
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frist saltwater tank help please

My son and I are setting up a 40 gal hex tank for saltwater. Right now we have had the tank running for about 4 weeks water and salt only. 2 weeks ago we put in 35 lbs live sand. Today we put in an 8.4 lb pc of live rock (will get more over the next few weeks plus another 20 lb bag of live sand) 2 snails and 2 hermit crabs. Water is around 1.022 to 1.023 this is checked everyday. I dont have a test kit as of now. We have 1 old 201 powerhead in the tank running. What else should we get or change. The tank is going to be FOWLR as of now. Down the road what kind of fish do you thank is best he likes the Gobies, Blennies, Jawfish, Shrimp, Firefish to name a few (he's 11 and his frist tank). What combo is good ? How many can we put in there? Maybe a few corals? We have a 120 gal fw tank now so i have some extra stuff to use if need be i will make a list later and post. Thanks for any help you can give.
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-02-2007, 07:30 PM
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maybe Green Chromis there realy hardy and i think they look pretty and a pair of ocellaris clown fish and when you get lights and your tank matures in a year or so you could get anemone for them. could you post some pics of ur tank
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post #3 of 18 Old 10-02-2007, 07:38 PM
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And there not the least be aggressive so you can put any fish in after it if you put a pair of maroon clowns in first they will pick on all the other fishes that get put in after.
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post #4 of 18 Old 10-02-2007, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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what are these

Thanks for the quick reply, I'll keep those in mind. I do have a question for you I've been watching the rock and have seen some things on it. Frist there are some tubes about 1/8'" in dia these little fan like things come out and open up they are white with black and or blue spots on them i have seen 3 so far. Second there are these little black things about 6-8 of these they have what look like fingers on the ends. they roll back in on themselves into the holes in the rock. Third tonight I just seen 1 of the fan things it is a real bright red it is a little bigger then the others. Do you konw what they are? should i worry about these? Will I went in to take a picture and I see this. is this a little green brittle starfish? no bigger then a dime from tip to tip. yes no? can't post jpg? will try to post later. Thanks again
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post #5 of 18 Old 10-02-2007, 11:09 PM
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go to this site http://www.xtalworld.com/Aquarium/hitchfaq.htm it should have it there
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-02-2007, 11:09 PM
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if its not there post a photo
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-04-2007, 06:27 AM
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Have you found out what they are yet
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post #8 of 18 Old 10-04-2007, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yes first is a feather duster 5 now :D , second aiptasia very dark brown 10-12 now going to get peppermint shrimp saturday to kill them off , third is still unknown looks like red duster but it opens back on itself like a flower not out like a duster see 6 of these 5 are very small all are really fast they shoot back into tubes in split second 8) just like the dusters. they are a bright red really pertty. the star looks like a mini brittle star fish :D just like in the picture on that page he is just smaller than a nickel. kind of cool to watch him move most of the time you just see his arms. I got a picture but he is really hard to see and it wont let post the pic says jpg format not allowed. I'll convert it to something else and try again later along with the red duster things. Thanks again for your help
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-05-2007, 01:18 AM
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im glad it all worked out
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-07-2007, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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Went to the pet store got 10 lbs of live rock at makes 18.5lbs now 1- peppermint shrimp and some purple up and essential elements for the rock to help it along. found another mini brittle star fish on the new rock this one is smaller than the last one.so far so good.
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