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post #51 of 279 Old 01-29-2013, 09:11 PM
I would not put a Harlequin Shrimp in my tank if I were you. These are not easy to care for critters, and are not Reef safe. Its primary food source is Sea Stars.
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post #53 of 279 Old 01-31-2013, 02:14 PM
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Fish Recommendations?

Hi All,

Recently, I've set up a 36 gallon starter tank and I've got the filter, conditioning, salinity and temperature seemingly in proper order and stable for about a week. Now, I think --although I am not entirely sure-- I'm ready to begin adding fish. But before I do, I wanted to ask everybody's esteemed wisdom on what and how I should add the fish. Mind you, this is mostly for the enjoyment of my 7 yr. old. Of course, he wants a clownfish. What else if anything? Two clownfish? Will they fight for territory? He's also mentioned a starfish and a crab.

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post #54 of 279 Old 01-31-2013, 02:51 PM
You need to test your water. Your tank will go through the Nitrogen Cycle and will be unfit for fish for up to 6 weeks.
The list of critters you wish to put in is fine. You will not have any trouble with 2 clowns.
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Welcome!

As I am new to saltwater tanks I can only give you what little information I know. I'm not a professional when it becomes to the cycle though one week isn't enough. I waited about 3 weeks with live rock and live sand in my tank before I added my first two clowns and I'm not sure it was enough.

On clownfish you can have a pair in a 36g tank without issues; I plan on keeping a pair in a 29g so yeah.

Blue legged hermit crabs are an awesome addition for your tank also though I dont know about starfish.

I know someone a bit more experienced with jump in soon, but as i said. Welcome!
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You need to test your water. Your tank will go through the Nitrogen Cycle and will be unfit for fish for up to 6 weeks.
The list of critters you wish to put in is fine. You will not have any trouble with 2 clowns.
Oh see. Reefing beat me to it!
Now i know that 6 weeks is the best time.
Question for you Reefing about my 29g. I'm using live sand and live rock from an established 72g and water from both the 72g and my 50g. Could that cut down on my cycling time?
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Oh see. Reefing beat me to it!
Now i know that 6 weeks is the best time.
Question for you Reefing about my 29g. I'm using live sand and live rock from an established 72g and water from both the 72g and my 50g. Could that cut down on my cycling time?
Oh big time, doubt you will even see a cycle using all that good stuff.
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That's what i was hoping, though its been cycling for a week and I cant see a thing in the tank.
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post #59 of 279 Old 01-31-2013, 06:41 PM
Do what now? The water still isn't clear? Whats your water flow? What kind of sand did you use?
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I have an empty Aqueon filter that's been running and a 250 GPH circulation pump. Its 20lbs of live sand that i got from a family member.
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