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Don't know what fish to put in SW tank. Please help.
Old 11-24-2010, 06:48 AM   #31
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Not to discourage you(Basically doing same thing as you) I am over $400 in my 55 and don't have water in it... and I used craigslist to buy my equipment.

I don't know what others will say but you might want to look into a smaller tank, Like a 30 gallon tank and 20 gallon sump.I'm not done posting but I have to go to school I'll finish this post in like 30 min.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:19 AM   #32
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Now if you want nice fish then you will probably not be in luck. Also you probably won't be able to buy a lionfish(dwarf). But maybe some cardinals or clownfish. Also keep in mind that LR costs $10 a lb and you want 1 lb a gallon if you plqn to keep more then one fish + coral. Lights aren't cheap either. My light is a cheap one that now costs $100 I got it from Well that is about all I have to say right now. I'm sure pasfur and bear can help further on this.

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Old 11-24-2010, 08:06 AM   #33
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i have to say look very very carefully on this project and the costs involved... to give an idea
in my experience to date running a 50 Breeder with a 20 long sump all told even with a lot of DIY i have well over $1500 invested not counting the original tank that crashed....
not attempting to discourage you but when you consider cost of set up, test kits, equipment, rock, sand, live stock, on going expenses like salt, additives, food, and then parts if something should fails like pumps lights etc.. you really need to be prepared... i used to run 8 tanks at my house (just my tanks not the wifes) i now only run the saltwater as it takes so much focuse and financing.. i am now at the point where it is starting to supplement itself but i have not even begun to cover the initial costs yet.... i supplement by selling Cheato and thats good but it takes time for the corals to grow to the point were they start helping off set costs...

something to think about... it is doable but sometimes you need to do things slow and get a little ways then stop untill the funding permits the next step.... then do it and wait a bit more etc....
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:29 AM   #34
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Don't worry! I was trying to underestimate the cost so I could put (or higher) behind it.

I might be able to get a real job this summer (2011), so that should get me out of any debt I am in (debt to my parents, that is). Honestly, I figured it would be $300 just for the fish and live rock. I think Pasfur left a link somewhere for 40lb live and 40lb live sand for $110.

I will try to get the tank for cheaper, convince my friend that I will need ALOT of money for setup. Honestly, the friend offered $10 for a "55g aquarium", but I will probably give him a little more. Besides, I don't know what it come with.

One thing I have never ask about before is lighting. What kind should I get? Maybe one somewhat cheap kind and then I can always add on later? I don't want to go overboard right at the beginning.

We'll get this figured out.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:17 AM   #35
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Sorry for the double post. I wanted to ask afew questions.

"fish experts" from FF say that you can't have a pair of Flame Angels in anything less than a 300g tank. They said that if they don't pair, it would be "an all out war." I told them I would ask. It is ok if you get them when they are small, right? I just want to make sure it will work out.

My brother is obsessed with starfish (don't know why). He says that I need a starfish, I told him I would look into it. What are the basic requirements for a starfish? Do they eat live rock, liquid food, invertabrates or stuff like that? I guess I would just like to know if they would be compatible and how to feed them.

Is a lot of stacked up dry rock that matures for a few weeks considered a reef? Pasfur, what were those black stick-looking things that you stuck in the dry rock on your 180g setup? They kind of look like tees that are pointed at both ends.

What about an urchin? How do you take care of those (I know there are several species, but I want one kind that is pointy, I guess)? Are they compatible and easy to feed? I wont be upset if neither one of the invertabrates work out. It is a SW tank so I have to ask.

Thanks for the help!
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