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what should I do next?
Old 08-01-2008, 05:19 PM   #1
 
what should I do next?

Here are a few pics of my 4 week old, 29 gallon salt tank. I currently have a skunk cleaner shrimp (who, btw, is awesome and deserves a raise-lol), blue legged crab, red legged crab, and 2 blue/green chromis in it. I also have two pieces of live rock and some shells. I am using the pre-manufactured hood and light we used for freshwater at this point. My goal is to eventually get two clowns, maybe a seahorse or a starfish, and eventually add a little bit of coral. I am currently having a problem in that my temp is staying around 82 degrees as well-and it needs to be a little lower. So, given all that-where should I go from here? What do I need to do to fix the temp? The thermostat (or whatever it is called) is turned all the way down. What about the lighting? Where do I start with that if I want to get the above mentioned livestock?

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Old 08-01-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
 
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ok, i am new to salt water myself but from what i have heard seahorses are difficult to keep. if you want coral your going to need a coral light with 10000k rating. before doing this I personally would slowly build up on your live rock for the tank. from what ive heard about that, it should be 1lb - 1 1/2lb live rock per gallon, and will take weeks to cure. i would continue with routine water changes. invest in a powerhead or 2 ( i dont think i saw any in your tank, maybe you had 1 ) so they help circulate the water and use the live rock as a "natural filter" i would personally wait atleast a few more weeks before adding 2 clowns and i wouldnt add anymore fish for a month or 2 after that. this is so there isnt a overload on the biology and you dont have more problems on your hands, actually i probly would add any more fish then the clowns idk if you would have room ( with the live rock and corals ) and 2 clowns need a minimum 20-30gallon tank. anyways like i said im new to saltwater myself so if im wrong with anything someone please correct me.
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
 
thanks for the response....i definitely do need to add more live rock-i will continue to pick up pieces here and there. i hadn't heard that about the seahorses, i see them frequently at the retailer i go to here in town....
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:33 PM   #4
 
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hmm.. another thing ive heard with live rock is if your tank has cycled you and you have fish/coral in the tank you have to cure the rock in another tank/container ( free of fish and corals ) or it can start another cycle. and im not 100% on the difficulty of seahorses but i DO know that fish stores tend to lie to get your money rather then provide helpful information ( not all do but alot seem to ) so do your research before you do your purchase :D
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Old 08-02-2008, 06:43 AM   #5
 
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If you're buying LR from the LFS, It is likely already cured. There may be a little die off on the trip home, but if it's already cured, and as long as it's kept moist, the rock should not need to be cured separately. This is especially true if you are adding only a rock or two at a time. Larger quantities will need more attention to re-curing the rock.

Seahorses are extremely delicate, and require special care and attention. I would highly recommend a great deal of research before committing to purchasing a seahorse. They require very little flow, and near perfect water conditions. Males on occasion will actually need to be burped. My wife had planned on doing a seahorse tank, but after researching the required care for long term success, she decided against it.
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Old 08-03-2008, 01:20 PM   #6
 
i sure am glad i am asking all these questions....what about starfish, are they difficult to maintain? and do they help with cleaning the tank?
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:41 PM   #7
 
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Starfish often starve to death in aquaria. Brittle Stars are fairly hearty.
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