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  1. Starting a saltwater/tropical aquarium...but...

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    ok so me and my friend decided we would start an aquarium (ok in the VERY beginning he wanted to do freshwater goldfishes, which I was not for :'D but they didn't last long because our room gets easily hot, so it was more suited for tropical fishes) . What puzzles me right now is that even...
  2. Switching from African Cichlids to Salt Water

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    Hi All - I am making the transition from an African Cichlids tank to a Saltwater FOWLR 30 Gallon tank. What should be my most basic set up? Also, do I need to change the 70 Gallon filter I have on the 30 to something else? And last, should I clean the sand I have now with peroxide or just get...
  3. Nano wifey tank build

    Saltwater Fish
    So I have an ADA 18 gallon SPS dominant tank and my fiance fancies the look of the wavy softies and some lps NOT sps. so instead of transforming my tank I decided to get her one lol. So I was looking and looking for a tank and I finally came across on a local thread post for a 16 gallon ADA...
  4. New Tank

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    Hi everyone I was wondering if someone could help me answer some questions. I am starting up a 40 gal. breeder tank after being away from saltwater for 12yrs. I want to set up a reef tank with future coral. I was thinking about a UGF and one place says that's what they use and suggested 450...
  5. Want to start a saltwater tank

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    Hey all, Don't know if anyone has seen my post in my tank log but I recently lost possession of my prized tank. Well I'm looking to restart but instead of freshwater I would like to do salt water. I was wondering if anyone could help in terms of where to start and what the smallest size tank...
  6. Upgraded from 29 to 65. For free

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    Yes it's true. Upon being asked to take in some African cichlids I was givin for free a 45 gall tank. Which I used for the Africans and a 65 gal tank with a beautiful stand. So here is befor with my 29gal and after with my 65. 29gall To the 65 gall
  7. Help me stock 30 gallon reef tank

    Saltwater Fish
    This tank is two years old and has been through a lot. From ich, velvet, and sea cucumbers we have seen a lot. Well my last fish died a bit ago and I'm ready to start a new legacy. I currently have a fire shrimp, a few hermits, one nassarius snail, and two snails (turbo and astrea). I also...
  8. New Project in the Near Future

    Saltwater Fish
    Okay, either sometime late this year or sometime next year, I'm going to start a saltwater aquarium, my first one. This will happen after I move to another state, which in some ways, I have to if I want to start another tank. Anyway, for the past 20 years, I have been doing a tropical...
  9. My build 1 year latter

    Saltwater Fish
    hard to believe it's been a year since I started my first salt water build http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/beginner-saltwater-aquariums/first-salt-water-new-build-374802/....This winter has been especially brutal here in the north east and My job and just staying even with mother nature has...
  10. What would this be coral be?

    Saltwater Fish
    I have had an saltwater tank for a year now. I added coral about an month ago, but I"m not sure what coral I have. I'm trying to look up requirements, two seem to be doing really well one I'm not sure of. The bottom one will be the one I'm unsure of. These photos are not long after adding them...
  11. Can a coral banded shrimp catch a living fish?

    Saltwater Fish
    I want to add a coral banded shrimp to my 20 gallon long tank but there's a rather small and timid saltwater molly in there and she mostly stays under the rocks, where she could be caught.. The shrimp is in a 10 gallon and it doesn't seem very happy in there, I don't want to lose it so I want to...
  12. Black Saddled Toby or Jewel Puffer

    Saltwater Puffer Fish
    I am setting up my first saltwater (have had a brakish tank not long ago with a very happy Green Spotted Puffer) tank. I am looking into either getting a Black Saddled Toby or getting a Jewel Puffer. I have a 36 gallon bowfront and will only be adding one fish. Do I need a protein skimmer? Is a...
  13. New tank parameters? How safe is my tank?

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    So since I've pretty much killed almost every saltwater critter I've owned, I decided to upgrade to a bigger tank (20 g from 10 g) and do things right. I know a bigger tank would be ideal, but a 20 g long is as expensive as I can do. So I started the tank with new sand seeded with 2 cups of an...
  14. Starfish attacked by shrimp, still alive?

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    So my beloved starfish has been attacked by my shrimp (hereafter known as 'the little #*&#$^'). It's my fault for not properly researching this, but I'm not changing the shrimp's name. How do I tell if the starfish is dead? The central part looks alright, although seems to have algae around the...
  15. 20 gallon bow front nano tank build...

    Saltwater Fish
    here I go again.... My 75 gallon reef is doing well.. I can't add much anymore.. it needs to grow now... I transferred my fish( fresh water ) from the 20 bow front to the 65 gallon upstairs.. bringing the total to 4 up there... now I HAD an empty tank... after cleaning and prepping the 20...
  16. Where is the optimal Power head placement

    Advanced Saltwater Discussion
    OK.. so I've tank for 6 months and just upgraded to a 75 gallon from a 60 gallon ( see my build thread for details).. I've read a lot about power head placement and played around with it quite a bit ( I actually broke one trying to move it last night) I've read that the idea is turbulence. I...
  17. H. histrio Sagassum Fish tank

    Beginner Saltwater Aquariums
    I am looking to start up a species specific tank with a Sargassum Fish (Histrio histrio) and I was wondering what would be required to care for it? I was thinking a 35 gal tank (most sites say 30+ but others say 50+) with a cover (they can flip/jump out of the water) and a protein skimmer and...
  18. nutrient deficiencies in algae

    Advanced Saltwater Discussion
    how do you tell nutrient deficiencies in algae ? i'm familiar with freshwater, and many nutrient deficiences include paying attention to the veins in the leaves of plants, ... but algae as a non-vascular plant doesn't have veins. what resources are there to help identify nutrient deficiences...
  19. Panther Grouper can't keep food down

    Saltwater Fish Diseases
    . Size of tank? 150 g 2. Water parameters a. Ammonia? 0 b. Nitrite? 0 c. Nitrate? 20 d. pH, KH and GH? 8.2, dKH 10, ? e. Test kit? API Reefmaster 3. Temperature? 78 4. 5. How long the aquarium has been set up? 11 yrs 6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they...
  20. Abnormal growth on Clownfish

    Saltwater Fish Diseases
    Almost five weeks ago, I started a new 60g saltwater tank. I cycled the tank with live rock and two weeks in, my levels looked good. I added a Coral Beauty, Black Sebae Clownfish, and a Firefish. My levels increased across the board immediately but through water changes and cleanings, I was able...
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