02-23-2010, 06:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Highland lake13
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.