Saltwater Tank Questions
I will be getting a new tank in a few months (most likely). I know that sounds like a long time away, but I want to do some planning. I am thinking about using a saltwater tank.
So...here are my questions.
-What would be a good-sized tank for a small saltwater community?
-How many fish/rocks/etc. could I fit in a 20-30 gallon tank?
-What is the rule for how many fish can be in a tank (I.E. Freshwater is 1in of fish per gallon)?
-What are some good starter fish for a saltwater community?
I can't answer your other questions, but Ocellaris Clownfish are good starter fish. Try to stay away from Damsels, even if the LFS says "they won't fight," they will.
Well the nest question would be are you interested in corals, snails or crabs? If so that changes everything.
My ideal tank would be a 75g reef ready with about 150lbs of live rock, 120lbs of aragonite sand, a sump of about 40g with a built in 10g fuge, a Euroreef RS135 skimmer, Eheim 1262 return pump, 2x Tunze 6201 stream pumps, 2x 250w DE halides 14K with 2x 96w PC actinics. For inhabitants I'd get 2 maroon stripe clowns, a snake eel, 100 hermit crabs, long spine urchin, 2 bubble tip anemones, several pieces of coral.
It's a lot to think about.
Could you help narrow down if you want a fish only, mixed reef or invert only tank?
I would probably use a 29 Gallon Tank, with sand (live or not), and live rock most likely.
So, based off of that, what could I fit in there?
I'd go for a pair of clowns.
There are several small blennies and small gobies that you could add. You could maybe get away with several small gobies or blennies. Maybe about 4-5 Bangaii cardinals as they tend to not swim much and breed like crazy. It would be easy to control the breeding in a small tank. I'd maybe shoot for a small dedicated frogfish tank. That'd be interesting. Think more along the lines of having a nice reef with lots of hermits, feather dusters, snails, emerald crabs, anemone crabs, shrimps like saron or fire, sea cukes, starfish.. You could pack a lot more inverts int hat tank size than fish. So a pair of clowns with some nice corals and lots of inverts might be interesting.
I can only fit about a 29 gallon (or less) tank for my room, and I have always liked saltwater, so I want to try it out. I will probably get this for my birthday in May (Or I could save up some cash).
About how many pounds of Live Rock/Coral would I need to buy?
Before I forget...
Would be able to put 2 clowns and like a Yellow Tang/Purple Tang/Yellow-tailed damsel in the same tank?
And how much does a pound of live rock sell for?
A pound of live rock could range from 1$ to really really high. i would buy it online or something. it would cost less.
Hmm. I have a Great Barrier Reef Store near my house, I could see how much it is there.
What is the difference between cured rock and uncured rock?
Any answers on the 2 clowns w/Tangs or Damsels?
well tangs from my knowledge need to be in a 75gal tank minimum but i don't really know. thats what i would expect.
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