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fishy-mush 02-17-2007 12:01 AM

starting w/anemones
hi, my sis just moved out a couple of days ago and she left me her 12 gallon nano tank :D . it has filter,power head,skimmer n all its also been up n' running for about two yrs. it only has a false clown(since forever) and the smallest hippo tang you have ever seen(well not that small).she got him five months ago.
i was just thinking of putting in an anemone,an easy one, and was wondering what do you do before hand? all everyone tells me n read other than good waterquality is a strong low, strong lighting n calcium. is there anything else?

Lupin 02-17-2007 12:08 AM

Hi Fishy-mush.

I moved your thread here as the topic is based more on anemones.:mrgreen: :nicefish:

musho3210 02-17-2007 12:19 AM

Well i might be wrong but that tank is too small for the fish in it now, i heard the hippo tang needs 70+ gallons and the clownfish at least 20+ gallons. As for an anemone? They need 30+, also they aren't easy to take care of and many specimens die. Dont get an anemone and whats best is to give your fish back to your lfs and start over. Anemones need strong light, like really strong light, maybe at least 10 watts per gallon using metal hallide lights. With a tank that small, you cant really fit many fish in there, you should get a good lighting system and focus more on corals rather than fish. You might be able to fit some gobbies or something but deffinatly not a hippo tang, they get to around a foot long fully grown

fishy-mush 02-17-2007 12:28 AM

im not bummed out, i knew something like that was ought to pop up, the hippos barely about an inch long, when he gets olderits off to the pet shop :wink:

musho3210 02-17-2007 12:40 AM

ok, well the sooner the better, and the anemone is a big no no. Dont even do carribean anemones, clownfish dont require anemones and only experianced reef keepers with big tanks should have anemones.

There are some pest anemones though, i think apista is a pest anemone? these grow naturally from your live rock but your clowns wont do anything with them, plus they stay relativly small

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