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Old 11-07-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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Hello I am new to these forums and I have decided that I would like to retire from reptiles and set up a freshwater aquarium but before I jump right in I would like to do the proper research and all of that..So right now I am looking at a 20-25 Gallon tank and for fish& interior I was thinking 2 clownfish an anemone and a banded coral shrimp. I was wondering if this is an okay starter setup and I would like to also know the Ph levels and all I need to know and the filters and that sort of stuff or if anyone could refer me to a website with a proper setup it would be really appreciated! Thanks for the help!
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:47 PM   #2
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Um...... clowns and nems are not freshwater, (autocorrect? lol) but I WOULD suggest a fresh tank first. Thats a good size, and once you get comfortable then come back to us, and well give you ALL the info your need. Post ?s in the FW forum. GL!!!!!
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:52 PM   #3
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If your looking to do do a salty tank then you should get the biggest tank possible. 55 gallons is a good starter. If you can't go that big then I would look into a biocube 29. They come with almost everything you need to start a tank. Also, anemones are very hard and require alot of light and a well established tank. Welcome to AA
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I would like freshwater clowns also
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:59 PM   #5
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Yeahhh was meant to be saltwater lol although freshwater clowns would be awesome and once I get the tank established with base rock should I put some live rock? And also is live sand a good idea..?
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You could do 90% base and 10% live. But you have to add it all at once.
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Live sand is overpriced and not what you want to do. As been mentioned a few thousand times around here... "how can sand in an airtight bag sitting on a store shelf be live???"

Buy dry arogonite sand and rinse the heck out of it. Add rock and cycle. Your dry, non-live sand will become totally live.
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Live sand is overpriced and not what you want to do. As been mentioned a few thousand times around here... "how can sand in an airtight bag sitting on a store shelf be live???"

Buy dry arogonite sand and rinse the heck out of it. Add rock and cycle. Your dry, non-live sand will become totally live.
+1 there's some millionaire that made his fortune selling "live sand" to people when they could buy regular sand for half the price
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