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Old 07-09-2012, 10:55 PM   #1
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Contemplating Saltwater

So, I've been contemplating a saltwater tank. I really am only interested in a desktop aquarium just large enough to house a clown fish. Nothing spectacular. Any advice appreciated.
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Old 07-09-2012, 11:04 PM   #2
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For a clown you need a 20 gallon tank.
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Old 07-10-2012, 09:06 PM   #3
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As far as equipment, do I need to buy piece-by-piece? I'm still a few weeks from being able to purchase, but Petco has the $1/gallon deal for fish tanks. I was thinking about purchasing a standard 20 gallon tank. It seems most aquarium starter kits are geared for freshwater. Can you use those, or do you have to pick it apart?
Any recommendations for filters? Heaters? Other equipment needed to get started?
I dunno, I was thinking about an anemone, but from my reading the clown fish doesn't require one. It appears live rock is more important?
I was thinking of a fish only tank, but some live rock and maybe an anemone is under consideration.
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Nems require high lighting. Expensive when compared to fish only needs.

If your plan is only a clown then most starter kits will probably be ok. Still gonna want live rock tho. And you will need to upgrade your lighting if you plan on keeping anything but fish and inverts.
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For a simple setup, the gear in a starter aquarium will get you going...but you'll need sand and rock as well. As for a nem, a 20 won't be large enough to house one. A FOWLR system would prob be best for a 20 gal, that and you'll be able to use your PC lighting.
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OK. I can hold off on the anemone. No biggie. This is probably a really stupid question, but what lighting is used in the saltwater tanks? Is it fluorescent? It may just be me, but it appears more blue.
So, really there isn't any difference between SW and FW? No extra stuff really needed? Monitor salt levels and the rest is like FW?
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In terms of a FOWLR system...it is pretty similar. Things get complicated in reef systems.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:11 PM   #8
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Essentially SW is exactly the same idea as FW when doing a fowlr just water parameters have to be a lil better and obviously there's salt in the water
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:43 PM   #9
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You need a 20g tank to house just a clown. Bigger for anemone since they grow really big. I have been in the reef for awhile and even I won't try an anemone. I'd go for a plate coral or a hammer/frogspawn. Way easier and looks like anemone. But fish only is way cheaper. I dropped 400 on t5 lights which is the most expensive part in my opinion. Also need a skimmer. Live rock atleast 1lb/gal a powerhead for flow and a good heater. I am sumpless so I use a fluval heater which has a thermometer built in but if your going for a sump I'd use an in-line or a chiller. Test kits, salt, it's going to be atleast 1k for a reef. But is worth it once u get the hang of it. Also watch out for the cycle process for a new tank. I killed my first clowns by moving them to a new tank.
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Yeah, I'm just looking for something simple. Sand and live rock. Can you expand on the skimmer, and sumpless/sump, please?
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