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post #11 of 34 Old 02-11-2014, 07:04 AM
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I can't use the 20 as the actual tank, only filtration if that's possible. Where the tank is just won't hold the 20.
Adding the twenty will help. You will be essentially tripling your water supply, and therefore diminishing the chances of huge salinity swings due to evaporation.

What kind of clowns are you thinking about. I think false percs may be the best option for such a small DT...



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post #12 of 34 Old 02-11-2014, 10:19 AM
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The common snowflake clown is an Ocelaris I believe.

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The common snowflake clown is an Ocelaris I believe.
Yeah, I missed that in the first post. I believe they are also.

I think that would be fine, personally.



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post #14 of 34 Old 02-11-2014, 05:45 PM Thread Starter
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I'd really like to stock my tank as the video's tank was stocked. I am never gone for more than 4 hours so water changes aren't an issue and I don't have an issue waiting and drawing it out to do things right.
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Let me know when you get started and I can be of some assistance. First thing is first and you need a way of measuring salinity so a refractometer is in order,you can get away with a hydrometer but they are unwieldy and notoriously inaccurate.They are better than nothing.

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I've seen some refractometers for fairly cheap on Amazon ($25-30 if I remember correctly) so I will definitely get one of those. I was reading around and read that Mandarin Gobies (I belive that's what I saw in the video) are hard to care for. Is there truth to this? Also, what is the name of the "Jacque" shrimp as I like to call him?

Am I being unreasonable in doing this on my first attempt at salt water? I know that in freshwater, there are a lot of things we advise beginners against but I feel that if you have the time and are willing to do things properly this could be different. I know saltwater is a whole 'nother can of worms, though.
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Don't expect perfection without some bumps in the road,all part of salt water cycling. Read alot more as you can never be too mentally prepared. The madarins are not considered easy fish as they can be rather finicky about the foods they take and can be easily out competed for food stuffs, especially when they only eat live copopods.They can ship poorly too, they tend to do better if they are captive raised but spendy, I like to get mine after they have been in the shop for a few days or more. Make sure they are foraging and have a full tummy.

The shrimp is referred to as a cleaner shrimp.

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One thing I was taught was that the bigger the tank, especially for salt, the better. It's more stable when it comes to chemistry and temperature. One of the things I experienced when it came to taking care of the salt section is that I could leave work on Friday, and all looked well.... and when I came back on Monday, there were times when the tank was wiped out or nearly so. All it took was one dead fish or one dead anemone to start a chain reaction. And that was with 30 gallon tanks. 70 gallon tanks weren't nearly as susceptible to that phenomenon.

As a side note, when the powers that be decided to get a 'system' of inter-connected tanks, we could put 4X as many fish in them and have very few losses. Even Cryptacarion wasn't an issue. But that was a business, and not a private setup...

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post #19 of 34 Old 02-12-2014, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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I'm thinking about doing exactly what he did as far as filtration and adding the 20 gal on top of that. It should make it THAT much easier but would it be too much? Also, I will be using live sand and dry rock to cycle. MAYBE a damsel for the simple fact that it'll be THAT much easier for me to visually see if something is off in the tank aside from frequent testing. I've seen scary 6ft worms come out of live rock. Not interested in hitchhikers at all!!!!! Will a damsel harm corals? I'd like to get my corals set up and get a hang of them before I add my stock.
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Some damsels can be a nuisance to certain corals via cleaning for algae or polyp nipping but many are reef safe. What were you ,looking at?

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