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post #11 of 16 Old 11-19-2006, 04:16 AM
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All good advice here... and to add to it, some animals, especially inverts, will need periods of darkness for their bodies to function normally. Light cycles can also help to promote spawning.
Nocturnal animals will not come out, tend not to eat, and can get deathly ill if they never have darkness. The purpose of lunar lights is to simulate moonlight, which is a more natural form of nighttime lighting for the things I listed above.

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post #12 of 16 Old 11-19-2006, 11:29 PM
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I just realized that I am answering in a saltwater forum, and I only keep freshwater fish :P . I have a 'marine glo' light for the tank of my African Elephant Nose (freshwater fish), because it simulates moonlight and he is a shy/nocturnal fish, or prefers it dark.

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post #13 of 16 Old 11-20-2006, 08:29 PM
Tracy wlecome to SW. Now get out quick. Stay to long and you'll want to set up a marine tank. LOL. So what type do you want?
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-20-2006, 08:32 PM
As a beginner I would recommend a FOWLR.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-21-2006, 08:33 PM
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Tracy wlecome to SW. Now get out quick. Stay to long and you'll want to set up a marine tank. LOL. So what type do you want?
lol, I already want one, but it seems so complicated. I worked in an office with a 180 gallon saltwater tank. I loved the fish! The marine fish are so beautiful, you just can't beat the colours. But I haved much research to do before I even try. I knew there would be an issue with specific gravity etc. but hadn't realized that the live rock is necessary for the filtration. I would probably start with a nano tank (having read some of the posts); something small. I'm not crazy about corals or the other 'animals' that look like plants, I just like the fish. :D

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post #16 of 16 Old 11-22-2006, 08:00 AM
That's what they all say. Trust me when the acro bug hits you'll be way more interested in corals. The colors are amazing. The corals take on a personality. Fish are just fish. Also you don't have to have live rock, it only helps make things easier.


I'm going to state one thing again. This is my personal mantra.

Salt water tanks are no more difficult than freshwater. I just feel that most people do not put enough effort into their freshwater tanks because the fish are cheap, commonly available, and a little hardier and tolerant. For true inspiration think of trying to keep a "natural" freshwater tank full of plants and native woods and substrates. My freshwater tank is also very time consuming with 4 Eheim canisters, a sump, wet/dry, large lighting system, timers, 150lbs of driftwood, Tunze stream makers, 50% water changes bi weekly, etc..etc..
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