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Converting a 5g to saltwater
Old 10-18-2008, 05:01 PM   #11
 
Possibly. You may feel like you might add one if your need extra flow, though. The AC should be fine for a while though.

A 5.5 is 16" long, so no light fixture will be exactly that. The corals you mentioned would do fine under PC lighting, as will all other softies. Maybe a few LPS and no SPS.
Take a look at these fixtures...
Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Single Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixtures (12")
Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Dual Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixtures (12")
Coralife 12 Inch Aqualight With 2-18W 50/50 Lamps Straight Pin Base, 12in Units > Power Compact > Fixtures > Lighting > Saltwater Aquarium Supplies

This light would be the best (18" too). Best kind of output, and a decent price: 18 inch Current USA Nova Extreme 2x18 watt T5 HO 10K/460nm, T5/T12 Fixtures > Fully Assembled Fixtures > Lighting > Aquarium

I have seen many Firefish in 5G tanks, but they always do better in a 10G. I wouldn't do it IMO. Clown Gobies, and other small Gobies would do best. Even a Shrimp goby/pistol shrimp pair would work and be very fun.
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:35 PM   #12
 
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Possibly. You may feel like you might add one if your need extra flow, though. The AC should be fine for a while though.

A 5.5 is 16" long, so no light fixture will be exactly that. The corals you mentioned would do fine under PC lighting, as will all other softies. Maybe a few LPS and no SPS.
Take a look at these fixtures...
Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Single Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixtures (12")
Compact Fluorescent Aquarium Lighting: Dual Satellite Compact Fluorescent Fixtures (12")
Coralife 12 Inch Aqualight With 2-18W 50/50 Lamps Straight Pin Base, 12in Units > Power Compact > Fixtures > Lighting > Saltwater Aquarium Supplies

This light would be the best (18" too). Best kind of output, and a decent price: 18 inch Current USA Nova Extreme 2x18 watt T5 HO 10K/460nm, T5/T12 Fixtures > Fully Assembled Fixtures > Lighting > Aquarium

I have seen many Firefish in 5G tanks, but they always do better in a 10G. I wouldn't do it IMO. Clown Gobies, and other small Gobies would do best. Even a Shrimp goby/pistol shrimp pair would work and be very fun.
Cool, thanks for the specific lights. The second one you mentioned seems like the one I might go with, because of the built in lunar-light. In the summer I stay up late, so I'd like to have a way to see my fishies at night without throwing off their concept of day and night.

I'll have to see what they have at the fish store next time I go. I haven't taken an extensive look at the saltwater fish (it makes me pine greatly to even glance at the tanks; I've been trying to hold back), so I don't know what kinds are even available to me, but at this point I'm pretty sure I'm after a clown goby or a green stripe goby.

Pistol shrimp sound cool, but holy crap, I'm afraid to own one. I think I'll get some skunk shrimp and astrea snails? I'm not really sure what I could have in terms of inverts, but I know a lot of people use these as a cleanup crew. I would LOOOVE to have sexy shrimp, would it be possible to have these on top of the cleanup crew and the goby? Assuming I can get my hands on them.
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Old 10-18-2008, 09:42 PM   #13
 
Astrea Snails are very good for cleaning up algea, and are a good alternative to Turbos. I have 5 Astreas in my tank. A skunk Cleaner Shrimp would be very fun, and would work. Nassarius snails are great for cleaning uneaten food too.

I wouldn't get Sexies in this tank, because IMO, they need to be in specie-only tanks. And, you need to have them in groups. However, they could be a possiblilty.

I would do this livestock list if I were you.
-1 Goby
-1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
-3 Astrea Snails
-1 Nassarius Snail
-2 Blue-Legged Hermit Crabs (If you want).

If you want Sexies, then 3 might work. They produce little bioload, so that isnt a problem. My only concern would be them being with a Skunk Cleaner or Hermits.
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:18 PM   #14
 
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Astrea Snails are very good for cleaning up algea, and are a good alternative to Turbos. I have 5 Astreas in my tank. A skunk Cleaner Shrimp would be very fun, and would work. Nassarius snails are great for cleaning uneaten food too.

I wouldn't get Sexies in this tank, because IMO, they need to be in specie-only tanks. And, you need to have them in groups. However, they could be a possiblilty.

I would do this livestock list if I were you.
-1 Goby
-1 Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
-3 Astrea Snails
-1 Nassarius Snail
-2 Blue-Legged Hermit Crabs (If you want).

If you want Sexies, then 3 might work. They produce little bioload, so that isnt a problem. My only concern would be them being with a Skunk Cleaner or Hermits.
What would the hermits/skunks do to them? Mostly all I've read on their behavior is that you have to watch out for them being preyed upon, not the other way around. Would they get territorial, or what?

I'm really excited to get skunks, because I've seen them in the LFS and they're beautiful.

I can't thank you guys enough for the help, I feel pretty confident to go out and start amassing equipment to put together this tank now. Thank you!
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Old 10-18-2008, 10:31 PM   #15
 
Thats what I meant; about the Sexies be preyed apon.

Good luck with your tank. I want to see pics from the start.
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