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Old 01-11-2006, 08:27 AM   #1
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When purchasing fish for a saltwater tank, how do you know how big the fish will grow? What if they outgrow the tank?
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Whenever you are interested in a particular fish, always read up on that fish. Books will tell you their adult size and if that adult size is too big for the tank you have...do not buy the animal.
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www.liveaquaria.com is a pretty good reference site for determining fish requirements and total adult size. They are not always accurate on the needed tank size though. I’d recommend using the fish calculator on this site to figure out how many inches of fish your tank can handle. Of course that doesn’t mean you can keep something like a blue tang in a 55 gal just because you are allowed 11”
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Where's a good spot to find info on the max size each fish will grow?
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On liveaquaria look for “Max size in Aquarium”
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No problem...thanks for letting us know.
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It just so happens that this afternoon, we opened the doors to the database on
www.fantasyreef.com (click the link for database at the top of the page). It will be a continuous ongoing project but the search features are working. Pick which database you want, in this case fish, and choose the search you need.

Please report any malfunctions you may encounter, but have fun with it! There is a search on tank size that should tell you what you want to know.
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Also most fish will not grow to max size in a tank anyway. Unless it`s a super sized tank.
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When determining the amount of fish you can put in a tank does it go by tank volume or total water volume including the sump? I have a 55 with a 55 sump. Do I calculate it to 11" or 22"? Well actually shy of 22 because the sump will not hold 55 gal, need room for sand and lr in the refugium and room incase power goes out.
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