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post #21 of 75 Old 02-23-2010, 06:58 AM Thread Starter
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I might move alot of stuff so it can be in the corner but it will have a back to it if that makes a difference. Maybe I'll change the black and white clown fish to a normal O. Clownfish. and yes ok 2 flame angels and maybe would it be possible to put a watchman goby or a diamond goby in and in what order.

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post #22 of 75 Old 02-23-2010, 07:00 AM
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Another thing you will find when you go to your LFS and try and buy black and white clownfish is 1) they might not even have them and 2) they are often very expen$$ive and I since you expressed concern about a lack of funds these might be the best choice. Mistakes are made and I would hate to see you lose $50-100 on one or two fish that you have for a week or two.
Great point here. I wasn't thinking about cash at all. In fact, the Flame Angel is a bit pricey of a fish, generally in the $50 to $60 range. You might want to consider a less expensive dwarf angel, such as the Coral Beuty, Eibli, or Vrolicki. Each of these would be about 1/2 the price of the Flame and are also easy fish to keep. The biggest concern with dwarf angels is picking out a good fish. They often arrive with damage to the eyes, so you have to be patient and make sure the fish is healthy. Some tips to help you here: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...hy-fish-35145/

As for Clownfish, another issue is that they do not always keep their black color. Blacks will fade and orange clowns will darken. I would just suggest buying a pair of TANK RAISED Ocellaris Clowns. Be sure to buy tank raised, as they are much easier to keep. Just trust me on this. They won't look as good when small, but within a couple of months they start to really color up and are just as colorful as the wild caught fish. You will pay $5 or $10 more for captive raised, but they come with almost not risks. You are almost guaranteed a healthy fish.

Calcium and alkalinity testing is something I start to focus on when the diatom bloom hits. Usually around week 2 or 3. Most people here like the API Test Kits, so this is a purchase to make. You will need a buffer to adjust alkalinity and a calcium supplement. I use Kent Marine Super Buffer DKH buffer and Kent Marine Liquid Calcium Chloride. Others here use the BIonic 2 part additives, which are very reliable also.
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So what test kits and buffers should I start with(get before I buy other stuff)

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post #24 of 75 Old 02-23-2010, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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After an hour of work I finally got it all the way relocated to the corner away from window.
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post #25 of 75 Old 02-24-2010, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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Can I use the dead corals as a dry rock or "base" rock as you said before?

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Can I use the dead corals as a dry rock or "base" rock as you said before?
This would not be a good idea. In my experience dead coral skeletons are detritus traps and will be an area that hair algae takes hold and spreads. If you place coral decorations in the tank, they will need to be removed for cleaning with some regularity.

I would use dry rock for the base. Marco Rocks The finest aquarium rock available, base rock, live rock, reef rock, marco rock, reef tank saltwater fish, live corals, Marco rocks, Fiji live rock, Tonga Live rock
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post #27 of 75 Old 02-24-2010, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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thanks so I want a 4-6" sand bed so would this be a good amount? 75 Pounds Key Largo Rock, <br>160 Pounds Bahamas Aragonite Sand<BR>pay shipping on rock only - KL75-160 It's alot I know but I could take extra and make another Nano reef in a smaller tank. Live rock is not a problem...LFS has live rock that cures in tanks and I CAN PICK OUT THE PIECES I WANT!!! Also If I sell he stuff I have for sale I will have 170 bucks and only 110 more needed for that(I have shipping covered plus I can get some help) So exited looking for protein skimmer and lights!

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I think you have it figured out. I think the deep sand bed will benefit your system well.
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post #29 of 75 Old 02-24-2010, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Instant Ocean protein skimmer for 100 gallons with pump 30 bucks good deal? I got a pic and it looks brown when it is supposed to be clear...should I buy?

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post #30 of 75 Old 02-24-2010, 04:38 PM
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For $30, buy it. Its not the greatest, but it will do on a tight budget. Good quality construction. Mediocre design.
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