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post #1 of 6 Old 06-28-2010, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Need help, new to salt water fish

Hey, I'm really new at caring for fish and am looking to start up an aquarium. I have a 30 gallon tank and from some of the research I've done I know clownfish and blue tangs are pretty good first choices for newcomers with saltwater aquariums. So if anyone can point me in the right direction of good filters and fish choices or anything else that would be helpful it would be extremely appreciated!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-28-2010, 02:54 PM
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WELCOME!!! here is some light reading

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...shwater-31955/

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...ne-tank-35693/

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/s...ng-list-38579/

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/profiles/

personally i would start with reading these articles... next i would consider equipment options, then think about stock they may not always mesh.. lol i found out the hard way

again welcome and can not wait to hear updates as you go along

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-28-2010, 03:47 PM
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a tang is the worst fish choice for a 30 gallon and REQUIRES about a 6 foot, 100+ gallon tank minimum. these fish grow to a foot within a year.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-28-2010, 04:50 PM
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whoo-hoo! glad to see you finally decided to join buddy

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-29-2010, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks that really helped with picking fish for my aquarium! I think I'm gonna try for maybe a pair of ocellaris clownfish, a flame angelfish, and a species of jawfish and goby. Not all at the same time of course, but probably in that order. I'm still having some issues and problems with what kind of filter to get and how to start up my tank.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-29-2010, 07:08 AM
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ok well after reading the filtration post you can see that a sump is a great option (no your tank does not have to be drilled, although from what i hear it makes things nicer) if you wanted you could run a hang on back (HOB) filter with just a bag of carbon in it when needed (other wise run it empty)
....one very important piece you should consider is a skimmer whether HOB or in sump with fish in a tank this size a skimmer is extremely important... true you could keep up with water changes and have great results, but a skimmer gives you a bit more leeway in the event of missing your water change (emergencies happen)

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