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Old 09-01-2012, 12:19 PM   #11
 
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Then I'll use a heater, just wondering if I could skip it. Our summers can be pretty warm and aren't chillers expensive? Are inverts or fish easier to take care of? Are there any starfish I could keep? I post a new updated list once I'm done writing it out.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:38 PM   #12
 
Most Star Fish get rather big. Red Star Fish, Marble Star Fish, yoiu may be ok with those as they don't get that big.. You won't need a chiller, just a heater. If in summer your tank gets warmer, run a cooling fan across the surface of the water, this will keep the tank much cooler. Inverts are just as tough to keep as fish, if not tougher. The fish don't mind Nitrates, Inverts don't like them high, say over 40, which would be on the high side. And you have to watch Calcium a bit more than if you were just keeping fish.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:00 PM   #13
 
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If I do open top aquarium, will gobies jump out and will the sea star climb out?
Had a bad experience with a betta jumping out. And the lid was duct taped on. Stupid fish.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:20 PM   #14
 
Gobies shouldn't jump out unless chased. Starfish will stay in the water, along with Snails. I haven't used a lid on my tank in well over 10 years. Only things I lose is when they get chased to the point of jumping.
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:48 PM   #15
 
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Good, that saves me 20$ on a lid :)
I'm so getting a goby, there are gorgeous. What other types of fish could I get? Nerite snails because I can get them at most LFS. I think. Hernit crabs?
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Old 09-01-2012, 04:55 PM   #16
 
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Good, that saves me 20$ on a lid :)
I'm so getting a goby, there are gorgeous. What other types of fish could I get? Nerite snails because I can get them at most LFS. I think. Hernit crabs?
Blennies:
Harptail
Tail Spot
Two Spot
Barnacle
White

Cardinal Fish:
Orange lined
Long Spined

Dartfish:
Firefish
Helfrichi Fire fish
Purple fire fish

Jawfish:
Yellow head

Gobies:
Neon Blue
Green clown
Brown Clown (+1 for rhymes!)
Yellow Clown
Green Banded
Citrinis Clown
Cave Transparent
Red Striped
Black Clown
Neon
Red Spotted
Orange Stripe Pawn
Orange Spotted
Wheelers Shrimp
Jaguar
Court Jester
Hectors
Red Head
Catalina <3
Hi fin red banded
Swales Swiss Guard


Wrasses:
Yellow Banded Possum
Tanakas Pygmy Wrasse
White Banded Possum

Inverts: (I <3 Starfish!)
Banded Coral Shrimp
Gold Banded Coral Shrimp
Blood Red Fire shrimp
Nerite Snails
Blue and Pink Seastar
Blue Texedo Urchin
Brittle Star. Fancy
Bumble Bee Snail
Camel Shrimp
Electric Blue Hermit Crab
Electric Orange Hermit Crab
Feather Duster
Hawaiian Feather Duster
Peppermint Shrimp
Pin Cushion Urchin
Pom Pom Crab
Sand Sifting Sea Star
Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Serpent Sea Star
Sexy Anemone Shrimp
Spiny Star Astrea
Tank Bred Aspista Eating Shrimp
Tank bred Aspista Eating Shrimp Candy Cane
Turban Snail
Zebra Turbo Snail

Yikes!!! That is long!! Sorry peeps! *blush*[/quote]
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Old 09-01-2012, 05:13 PM   #17
 
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Here is the updated list (let me know if any of these jump)
Cardinal Fish:
Orange lined

Gobies:
Neon Blue
Green clown
Yellow Clown
Green Banded
Citrinis Clown
Cave Transparent
Red Striped
Neon
Red Spotted
Orange Stripe Pawn
Orange Spotted
Wheelers Shrimp
Court Jester
Hectors

Inverts: (I <3 Starfish!)
Banded Coral Shrimp
Gold Banded Coral Shrimp
Blood Red Fire shrimp
Nerite Snails
Blue and Pink Seastar
Blue Texedo Urchin
Bumble Bee Snail
Electric Blue Hermit Crab
Electric Orange Hermit Crab
Feather Duster
Hawaiian Feather Duster
Peppermint Shrimp
Pom Pom Crab
Sand Sifting Sea Star
Scarlet Skunk Cleaner Shrimp
Serpent Sea Star
Spiny Star Astrea
Tank Bred Aspista Eating Shrimp
Tank bred Aspista Eating Shrimp Candy Cane
Turban Snail
Zebra Turbo Snail

Do cardinal fish need schools? I thought I read that once.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:14 PM   #18
 
You don't have to get the Cardinals in a school.
List looks good. No jumpers there that I'm aware of. ....
I stand corrected. Orange Spot Goby is a jumper

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #19
 
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YES!! No jumping fish!! No more duct tape on fish tank lids!! <--- Looks worse then you would think.
For the hermit crabs are those the same ones under the light in a pet store? I guessing there different, but thought I might as well ask. And if they get algae on there shells that is okay, right?
For the light is a 20w desk lamp enough? It is pretty bright for a 20w.

EDIT: Is it better to start off with fish only then add live rock? Or start with FOWLR? And what the heck is live sand? Is it just sand that has been sitting in the day and has bacteria on it do I have to buy it live live rock?

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Old 09-01-2012, 06:32 PM   #20
 
Orange Spot Goby is a jumper, my bad.
Hermits crabs, there are so many different kinds to get. But, what do yoiu mean by under the light at the LFS? The hermits yoiu should get are the ones that are in the SW tanks with the SW fish. ?
20w light will be fine for a FOWLR, little low on light, but it will work.
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