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Old 02-06-2013, 06:46 PM   #1
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Question Fish amount?

How many fish could I keep in a 38 gallon tank?
If I get one the fish I would like to keep are:
1- Bicolor Dottyback
2- Ocellaris Clownfish
3-Spotted Cardinalfish
and mabey more if I can. Please tell me if this is too many or if I can keep more.
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #2
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I personally wouldn't go beyond that, but I like a lightly stocked tank. Your list sounds ok to me though
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Old 02-06-2013, 06:56 PM   #3
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I have a 35gal with,
2 chromis
1 yellow watchman goby
1 citron goby
1 pj cardinal
1 purple firefish
Assorted cuc shrimp, hermit crabs and snails.
As long as you keep up with your weekly water changes you should be able to keep those 6 you listed.
Check temperament of each fish on liveaquaria.com
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Old 02-06-2013, 07:00 PM   #4
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your tank system will be the final determining factor. your list looks like a nice final stocking list. But it all comes down to your nitrate extraction/prevention system. A good skimmer prevents nitrates from forming while a macro algae system or DSB will remove nitrates. 10-20% PWC will remove 10-20% of the nitrates (hmmm, that's an irrelevent amount) so won't really make that much difference.
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your tank system will be the final determining factor. your list looks like a nice final stocking list. But it all comes down to your nitrate extraction/prevention system. A good skimmer prevents nitrates from forming while a macro algae system or DSB will remove nitrates. 10-20% PWC will remove 10-20% of the nitrates (hmmm, that's an irrelevent amount) so won't really make that much difference.
Thanks! Also, I have no idea what type of filtration system I need for a saltwater tank, I have a 10 gallon freshwater tank. Should I get a canister or hanging filter? If it was a freshwater tank I would get a 50 aqueon filter but would one of these remove the salt from the water? Also a man at a local fish store told me he sells his tank water and it has been cycling for years. He also said not to change it and if I did only do a 1/10 change, is this right? Will you or anyone please also list all the technological (filter, skimmer, heater, etc,) aspects I will need for this tank and their wattage/power needed.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:13 PM   #6
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You going to need a skimmer as this will become the heart of your tank and keep your tank thriving your also going to need at the very least 10 lbs of high quality rock and also at least 15 lbs of live or dry sand neither canister or hang on filters are recommended because your going to want to focus on bio and chemical filtration rather than chemical also your standard t8 strip light hood is not going to be efficient even if you are only keeping fish. I would recommend an 18" t5 light from oddysea just go to aquatraders.com to find this I reccomend these because they're cheap but pretty efficient and good for beginners. They also sell a 14" hang on back refugium with built on skimmer on there for cheap I used the 25" version on there sight for 3 years and kept a wide array of fish and coral in a 40 breeder.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:17 PM   #7
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And no it would not take the salt out of the water don't worry about that your also going to need Rodi water unless you love algae problems and overall poor tank health Rodi water is a necessity so don't skip on it you can get Rodi water from your Lfs most likely or you can just buy one like I have.
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And I meant buy an Rodi unit.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:27 PM   #9
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I have a 35gal with,
2 chromis
1 yellow watchman goby
1 citron goby
1 pj cardinal
1 purple firefish
Assorted cuc shrimp, hermit crabs and snails.
As long as you keep up with your weekly water changes you should be able to keep those 6 you listed.
Check temperament of each fish on liveaquaria.com
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:33 PM   #10
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Check this place out, I haven't used them but have heard they have an awesome selection and great customer service.

http://www.worldwidecorals.com/
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