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Old 08-19-2012, 06:58 PM   #21
 
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If I had the space and the guts to go for it I would really like something like this:

75 gallon fish tank with everything

I would go for this, but use the wet/dry as a modified sump. I am not a fan of bio-balls.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #22
 
I would go for a bigger tank except I'm intimidated by the upkeep and also, this is going in my bedroom so I have limited space. And yea, I would take bioballs out of anything lol
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:44 PM   #23
 
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Stocking list looks good for fish, except I would stay away from the dragonet. You need a very well established aquarium with a lot of live rock. They only eat copepods and amphipods and can devour thousands (that might be an exageration, but you get the idea). They are hard to keep alive.
The mandarin dragonets that you purchase from the LFS could be tank raised now, i know the LFS i go to tank raises them and they don't only feed on the copepods and amphipods mentioned above, just thought i'd share.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:52 PM   #24
 
I'm not even sure if I could keep the manderin in a 46 gallon. But even if I chose to get one it would be well after the tank was established and yea I know of at least one LFS near me who has ones that eat pre made food, though I'm not sure if they are tank raised, probably.

I really like the 46 bow front. It's the perfect size and I do like the bow front aspect. I have a spare 10 gallon tank that I could use for a sump/refugium. Would this be large enough do you think? When using a sump/fuge, where exactly does the filtering aspect come in? Is it all taken care of with the live rock and protein skimmer? Or do you put some sort of carbon filter or sponge in somewhere?

You guys are awesome, just wanted to say thanks to everyone who's been SO helpful to me!!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:00 PM   #25
 
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Take a look at my profile. I should have a picture of my sump and the configuration. I can't remember if if was the 46 or 150 that had the sump pic. Otherwise tomorrow I will upload a pic in this thread for you.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:14 PM   #26
 
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If I had the space and the guts to go for it I would really like something like this:

75 gallon fish tank with everything
if im not mistaken that 75 is almost the same size as the 46..only difference is the 75 is wider.i believe its the same length.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:19 PM   #27
 
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if im not mistaken that 75 is almost the same size as the 46..only difference is the 75 is wider.i believe its the same length.

75's are usually four feet I length, while that 46 bow I am pretty sure is 3 feet. I would still go for the 75. For the extra foot, you upgrade your fish selection.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:21 PM   #28
 
the 46 gallon is 36" long, the 75 is 48" long, believe it or not that makes a big difference to me lol
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:28 PM   #29
 
It's not just the extra foot, it just seems like soooo much more water, coral, and fish to take care of. I just dont want to overextend myself here is all, so I'm a little hesitant.
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:29 PM   #30
 
Another thing is that I'm a single 21 year old lady lol. I can't be movin huge tanks by myself in my little accord hahaha
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