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NitroBac is not something I recommend. Nor is a pH buffer. This is the problem with kits, they try to make it easy for "everybody" but they don't do a very good job of making sure the basic needs are met correctly.
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okay its quite expensive i am currently tryin to find a 120 litre tank i think that is about 3o gallons wat could i stock in there
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The list I gave would be about the same. There are a lot of different options. I just gave you a stocking list for a 38 so that you could get a mental picture of what the tank would look like, in terms of fish numbers.

Plus, you could add inverts. A Coral Banded Shrimp, a few Hermit Crabs, and a few Snails will go a long way to adding life that you will enjoy watching.
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okay wat size wood i need for a bicolor angelfish
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okay wat size wood i need for a bicolor angelfish
29 gallon minimum, assuming you have considerable live rock. This fish will generally not survive in a tank without live rock.
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okay thanks for all your help im still looking for a tank big enough for the bicolor as they are really really nice looking fish
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okay thanks for all your help im still looking for a tank big enough for the bicolor as they are really really nice looking fish
The Bicolor Angel is one of my favorites. Just realize going in that this is not an easy fish to keep. If at all possible, request that your LFS order a species from Australia or Fiji. They ship better and are generally safer investments.

The problem with this fish is almost 100% shipping and acclimation. If you can get past the first 60 days, then you have a hardy species. For this reason, I would highly recommend a long quarantine process, a minimum of 4 weeks. Also, ensure that 3 or 4 daily feedings are available, including an algae clip for grazing during the day when you are not home.

Hopefully this is enough of a warning. Just don't let your enjoyment of this hobby depend on your ability to be successful with a Bicolor, because odds are better than not that you will have a difficult time finding an acceptable species to purchase, and you may very well have 1 or 2 die in Q before you are successful. Keep this in mind when you consider the cost. Although they are not overly expensive, when you factor in risk this is not an inexpensive fish.
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okay i think i will give it a miss for the time being wat is a quarantine tank and wat does it do and do i need to set one up????
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post #20 of 25 Old 01-14-2010, 07:37 PM
200. Is that for the tank itself or all in?

It cost me around 200 to get my Rekord 60 ready for inhabitants and that's excluding the lighting!

The thing that doesn't quite come across when talking to our american pals is the expense of live rock in this country. It's astronomically pricey, so thats something to bare in mind on the forum.
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