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post #41 of 50 Old 05-18-2011, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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post #42 of 50 Old 05-18-2011, 09:21 PM
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i was thinking of converting my fw 20 gallon to sw and just want to know a few things..
can i keep my existing tank the same like same sand and water and then just add the salt mix? would this make it cycle faster or would it be cycled still?
for live rock do you need something special for it to grow on or will it grow on limestone or clay pots?
and what are some easy living rock to start with i like the tenticle like plants that you see nemo swim through in the movies... sorry for being a newb :( but i have done some research but would like more direct answers

sorry last thing will sandblasting sand do okay in saltwater?
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This is the original post... which says 20 gallons.... am I missing something?

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post #43 of 50 Old 05-18-2011, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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post #44 of 50 Old 05-18-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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okay final stock list that i want and hopefully is doable
1 clownfish
1 sixline wrasse
1 diamond goby
1 skunk cleaner shrimp
1 emerald crab
1 turbo snail
1 other snail
either xenia or a bubble anemone
mushrooms
idk what else any imput
if i do water changes every week could i eventually add another clown that does sound a bit crowded though
would you suggest two clowns or a clown and a sixline wrasse?
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post #45 of 50 Old 05-18-2011, 10:54 PM
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Trukgirl talked about her tank at one point I think.... her's is a 65 gallon. I think that is where the confusion is.

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post #46 of 50 Old 05-21-2011, 05:58 PM Thread Starter
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post #47 of 50 Old 05-21-2011, 10:19 PM
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hmmmm

if you have sufficient filteration to deal with the bio load as in your perameters are in check and you dont jump the gun and add to much to fast then theoreticaly everyone should get along just fine in my opinion.

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post #48 of 50 Old 05-21-2011, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks do you think a certain order of fish would be best or does it not matter
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post #49 of 50 Old 05-21-2011, 11:56 PM
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This tank will need to be running with water, sand, and live rock for at least a good 8 - 12 wks during the cycling phase. You should not put any animals in during cycling. You will go through a few different phases of algae during the cycle, which will help you to track its progress. How fast and how hard it cycles will be dependent on how much live sand and live rock you put into it, and what quality the rock is. Its important to get all of your live rock in before adding the animals to avoid ammonia spikes which happen when live rock is put into a new environment. All live rock will go through some period of die off, this is normal. What the water chemistry and conditions are from where the rock came from and how well cured it is will help to determine how much die off you will deal with, but generally, the die off is enough to make water conditions toxic for the animals.

Once the tank has completed the cycle then you can begin by adding your clean up crew. Expect 2 wk intervals between additions, so 2 wks after the clean up crew goes in the tank should be ready for the first fish. The 2nd fish and all others should spend 2 - 3 wks in quarantine before adding them to the main tank to avoid disease, parasite, illness issues within the main tank. Start with the most peaceful fish, so it is well settled in the tank before adding anything that may stress it out, chase it, or want to fight for territory. Because you can't fit more than a pair of clowns and maybe a small shrimp goby into this tank as far as fish go, this shouldn't be a real difficult process. Clowns go in first, either a pair purchased together or 1 at a time... make sure they are the same species. If you need help choosing an appropriate goby for this tank, please let me know and I can make some suggestions for you. You have time to think about it yet, a few months before you'll be ready for it... so no rush.

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post #50 of 50 Old 05-22-2011, 05:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys youve helped a lot I can't thank you enough I think I'm done with questions for awhile as I have to wait if I think of anything I know where to come.. also if you think there is anything I should know and I may not just chime in
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