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balloonmollies3 03-26-2010 06:48 PM

Never done a saltwater tank
Hi. I have never done a saltwater tank before. I am planning to do one soon. But i definitely have alot to learn. Like can you have a saltwater aquarium that is only like 10 gallons. And how do i make it a saltwater tank? And what is the like rules for how many fish i can put in there? Please help me out I really want to have a saltwater aquarium. Please!

fishesfriend 03-26-2010 06:50 PM

I would not start with a 10 gallon tank. Many members say nothing less than 30 gallon for your first tank.

balloonmollies3 03-26-2010 06:54 PM

Oh ok =(

wake49 03-26-2010 07:05 PM

What are your ultimate plans for a saltwater tank? Maybe we can guide you towards the correct sized tank...

balloonmollies3 03-26-2010 07:13 PM

Well I want to have a coral but i looked and I think i am going to do a 20 gallon tank. I found out that instead of buying this one 10 gallon tank my friend had a 20 gallon tank she didnt want and was going to give it to me. So is a 20 gallon tank good? I mean i want to put a coral in it and have some saltwater fish?

wake49 03-26-2010 07:21 PM

You will be very limited in fish that you can keep, both in species and total inhabitants. Do you see any particular fish that you couldn't live without?

As far as corals go, you can do a twenty no problem. It willl be omore work as you will be fragging corals more often to eliminate overgrowth. Do you have any corals in mind?

balloonmollies3 03-26-2010 07:30 PM

For corals I like the clams and the polypes. For some fish i like is i like the clown fish, puffer fish, basslets, schooling bannerfish, butterfly fish, those different types of fish.

balloonmollies3 03-26-2010 07:54 PM

So what can I do and what can i not do? I mean i am new at saltwater fish tanks so i need the help:-)

wake49 03-26-2010 08:07 PM

If you want most of those fish, you will need at least a 125 gallon tank. You will be safe with a twenty gallon tank and a pair of clowns and maybe a Royal Gramma. This would probably be it unless you wanted a goby or two.

The clams are a hard bunch to keep . They have more strict care than other marine animals, and are not a coral either. They are an invetabrate, like an anenome or a shrimp.

THere are a lot of successful tanks in the Pictures and Vidoes section of twenty to thirty gallon size. Take a look at some of those to get an idea of what you could do...

balloonmollies3 03-26-2010 08:27 PM

Ok thanks. And i love the royal gramma!!! So clowns and the royal gramma are good right and for coral is the polypes ok???

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