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post #1 of 17 Old 07-29-2009, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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what to do with 65 gallons

hey guys i plan on getting a 50 to 65 gallon set up soon. i want a fish only system. i wanted to know my options. i really like lionfish. ecspecially dwarfs. but i also like puffers. can these two get along? and what else could i have? i like community stuff like clowns and gobies and stuff. and would tangs be possable?
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post #2 of 17 Old 07-29-2009, 07:07 PM
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I would treat a 55 or 65 gallon tank very similar to a 29 gallon. You can add more fish, but the types of fish won't change. I would look for space to add a 75 or even a 90 gallon tank. You can find these tanks in the 4 foot length and it opens up the door to a lot more fish options.
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post #3 of 17 Old 07-29-2009, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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true but thanks to this guy on craigslist(best website ever!) who is apparently made out of money and wants to upgrade, i'm getting a 65 gallon tank with sump, filter, protein skimmer, lights, etc. etc. for $75. so 65 gallons is what i'm working with:)
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post #4 of 17 Old 07-30-2009, 04:54 AM
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Awesome find! And 65 gallons is decent size tank. You can have some fun with this one!
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post #5 of 17 Old 07-30-2009, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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thanks:) now for my main "showcase" fish, i want either a dwarf lion or some type of puffer. could i get both? and what other fish could i have in there? i don't have my heart set on any one type of fish just something to put with my lion or puffer. i like gobies... oh and lastly, how can i tell the difference between a young and small lionfish and an adult dwarf? i don't want to get the wrong thing just because the store mislabeled it.
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post #6 of 17 Old 07-30-2009, 08:22 PM
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It shouldn't be that difficult to tell a Dwarf Lionfish from the other species. They have a unique appearance. Keep in mind, even the "Dwarf" get to be 6'' in size, which is a pretty big fish. You will need to keep its tank mates large enough not to be eaten. Most Gobies won' t be an option!

I would not suggest keeping a Puffer and Lionfish together in a 65 gallon tank. The sheer waste produced would be excessive, plus most Puffers need larger aquariums. You could probably do one of the Toby puffers, such as the Valentini Puffer.
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post #7 of 17 Old 07-30-2009, 08:36 PM
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If you want a Puffer or a Dwarf Lion, you can have ONE of them, and nothing else. Not even inverts/coral. No questions asked.
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post #8 of 17 Old 07-30-2009, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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true pasfur. i've heard of people having gobies with lions but i always doubted there success. and waste is a thing i want to keep an eye on. i cant do evey week 35% water changes, since i want to buy as little salt as possable. and cody, are you sure on that? the valentini puffer is, and remains very small, in a 65 i think i may be able to keep one with some other community fish.
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post #9 of 17 Old 07-30-2009, 11:35 PM
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puffers or lions arnt much of community fish but more for an agressive/predator tank. lions will eat anything they can fit in their mouth that they want to eat. the puffer is small but carries a large bio-load, im not saying its not possible but its going to require a good skimmer and so forth. your not going to be able to have inverts.
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post #10 of 17 Old 07-31-2009, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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yes, i'm aware that puffers are little piggys. XD but i'll have good filtration(sump, undergravel, and skimmer) so is there anything that can be kept with a dwarf lion in a 65 gallon with good filtration??
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