04-01-2010, 03:42 AM
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Originally Posted by fishesfriend
You don't need corals, in fact they will make it harder to mantain your tank. You will proboly want a FOWL, or a fish only with live rock.
To start the dori, or regal tang will need atleast a 125 gallon tank. The Nemo or clownfish will tollerate as small as 30 gallon tank.
We( me, and other users) will need to know what size tank you will get to tell you what to get.
This is for stocking. @
i like how you say a 125 for the tang. many will claim a 75 gallon will work for a tang but personally atleast a 125 is better suited as it offers a long 6 feet of swimming room compared to the wide 4 feet of a 75 gallon. you also have to consider about 1 lb of rock per gallon which displaces a good amount of water and swimming room, so idealy the 125 for a single tang is best IMO. your going to want a quality protein skimmer and possible look into DIY sumps. avoid canister filters and "freshwater filtration" but other then that the tank setup will be similiar. ( heater, thermometer, light, test kit but for saltwater including the minimum of am,nitrite,nitrate,pH,alk,calcium,mag.. ) you will also need powerheads for water circulation. a refractometer ( look on ebay ) dont waste time with a hydrometer they're to inaccurate. enough sand for a 4-6 inch sandbed and enough live rock and i think that should be the basics. then ofcourse equipment can get even more advanced and get carbon reactors, controllers, calcium reactors and so on and so forth, you dont NEED any of that to get the tank started unless you want to spend the money. a controller however is always nice for your lights and heaters ( and other things ) but again not needed, as a standard timer will do the job. if you have questions feel free to ask. as for now, your best bet is to research everything saltwater related.