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Old 08-16-2015, 05:30 AM   #1
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A complete noob to the salty side.

I'm completely new to the salty areas of Earth vast fields of water.

So, i would want to start with something small, simply because my freshwater tanks already take up so much space i could only do a 10 gallon.

Obviously i think of a "Nemo", and I'm at least smart enough to know that its a clownfish.

What do i need? If its alone does it need the anemone thingy? Lights? Does the filter have to be salt-water specific? What about water changes? And adding/removing chemicals to the water?

Again, i know nothing. Please help me out



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Old 08-16-2015, 09:09 AM   #2
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Am sure the mire experienced keepers will help you out more. But lighting will depend on what you plan on keeping coral wise. Plus the smaller the tank the more work involved keeping things stable.


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Old 08-16-2015, 01:41 PM   #3
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#1-Dry Rock, there are a few hitchhikers on Live Rock that people want to stay away from, so they opt for using Dry Rock, or Dead Rock. Macro Rock is a good place to start looking for that. Either way you go you will need a minimum of 1lb per gallon. You can use Fully Cured Live Rock, and have the tank cycled in just a few days also. Other way is to use just a couple of pounds of Live Rock and the rest Macro or Dry Rock.
#2-Replacement filter media like filter floss and activated carbon (if you get a filter) Which is really not necessary.
#3-Multiple Power heads (2 or 3) 10x your water volume for just a Fish Only With Live Rock, and at least 20x your water volume for a Reef Tank. So lets say your going reef, and you have a 100g tank, you would need flow in that tank at minimum of 2000gph, or 2 1000gph power heads.
#4-Protein Skimmer, rated at 2 times your water volume. Unless your tank is under 30g, in which case you can do 10% water changes a week to rid the system of detrius. But, you'll have to watch the water parameters close, if things go haywire, you'll have to do more water changes.
#5-Saltwater Test Kits. Reef Test Kit. Test for Ammonia, Nitrites, Nitrates, PH, Phosphates, Calcium, ALK and Magnesium.
#6-Saltwater fish food. Mysis Shrimp, Squid, Cyclopease, Algae Sheets, Romaine . Flake food is not really a good food to feed your marine fish.
#7-Aquarium vacuum. This one is iffy. Most don't use one, if you have enough flow in the tank you won’t need one
#8-Rubber kitchen gloves
#9-Fish net
#10-Two, clean, never used before, 5-gallon buckets
#11-Aquarium thermometer, digital being the best.
#12-Brush with plastic bristles (old tooth brush) - needed for cleaning the live rock if you don't get Fully Cured Live Rock.
#13-Power Strip, possibly GFCI outlets by the tank.
#14-Optional but definitely recommend getting a Reverse Osmosis or RO/Deionization filter for the make-up water, and a barrel for storing the water.
#15-Possibly a Quarantine Tank for your new fish. They sit in here for a few weeks to kill off parasites and bacteria, to keep it from getting in your main tank
#16-Heater rated for your size tank.
#17-Saltwater Mix. Marine Salt. Instant Ocean is the cheap Salt that beginners and Advanced use alike.
#18-Saltwater Hydrometer or even better a Refractometer, which is more accurate. There is also a Digital Meter that is way advanced if you have the cash.
#19-Aquarium filter (not absolutely necessary if running with adequate amounts of live rock, but nice to have if you need to use a mechanical filter or activated carbon, or GFO and such)
#20-Aquarium substrate such as live sand or crushed coral. Some go bare Bottom, others choose the 1-2" bottom, others, more advanced will try the Deep Sand Bed, which is over 6" deep.
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O wow thats a lot to read. I will get on that!


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BTW a 15 gallon is the same footprint as a 10 gallon. That is 5 gallons more swim space for your clown. A clown doesn't need an anemone.
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Ok, no updates for a while...

Ive not been to that specific LFS for a while, not since before this post... Ive been going to my other one out of convenience. However, making a trip there to look at prices of things... Not buying it yet, but just checking it out.

Btw, thanks for all the advice.


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craigslist is also a place to start watching...at least once you know what you're looking for. Also realize there are several species of clown and dozens, if not hundreds, of variations and morphs. (Nemo was a Percula)
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craigslist is also a place to start watching...at least once you know what you're looking for. Also realize there are several species of clown and dozens, if not hundreds, of variations and morphs. (Nemo was a Percula)

True... I will start looking on Craigslist. I also know that there are a few different species of Clowns so i will pick out the best one for my tank.


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If you want to save a ton of money look at craigslist. I saw a full 75g reef setup for $250 yesterday in my area.

Craigslist can save you hundreds in initial startup cost. That's where most of the money in a tank goes anyway right? If you have an LFS that will take fish you can then stock it how you like and if the tank has corals make a pretty penny to afford those fish and other corals you like.


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If you want to save a ton of money look at craigslist. I saw a full 75g reef setup for $250 yesterday in my area.

Craigslist can save you hundreds in initial startup cost. That's where most of the money in a tank goes anyway right? If you have an LFS that will take fish you can then stock it how you like and if the tank has corals make a pretty penny to afford those fish and other corals you like.


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