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Old 02-05-2013, 01:31 AM   #1
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I'm about to start my new saltwater 45 gal tank. I'm not to sure how many fishes to have in there. Also what types of coral and live Rock. Some help please
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Old 02-05-2013, 03:37 AM   #2
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Have you cycled the tank? What kind of lighting do you have? That will determine what sort of corals you can get. Do you have any fish in mind? Best to post a list of what you like, then we can give a divide on whether thy would suit first salt water tank? Welcome to the club
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Old 02-05-2013, 09:33 AM   #3
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Good job picking a bigger tank size..i didnt but i got lucky to have no big issues(mine r a 5 & 10 gal nanos...) watch..sw is like lays; u cant have just one!! Our house has 6 tanks..5 r marine!!
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I'm about to start my new saltwater 45 gal tank. I'm not to sure how many fishes to have in there. Also what types of coral and live Rock. Some help please
What you can have is determined by your setup or by what you 'want' in the tank. For a 45g your probably looking at around 6 small fish but that is just a guess. It all depends on what your setup cam handle as well as compatability.
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I'm not too sure what lighting to use. The fishes im thinking if are clown fish, fire-fish,Sand sifter gobies,lemon butterfly fish, bleeny, blue / green chromis, cleaner common wrasse,orange strip prawn goby, royal gamma basslet. also I was wondering if a 45 gal is too small for a blue tang. I would also have some shrimp, hermit crabs and s starfish.
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I'm not too sure what lighting to use. The fishes im thinking if are clown fish, fire-fish,Sand sifter gobies,lemon butterfly fish, bleeny, blue / green chromis, cleaner common wrasse,orange strip prawn goby, royal gamma basslet. also I was wondering if a 45 gal is too small for a blue tang. I would also have some shrimp, hermit crabs and s starfish.
Too small for any tang, butterflyfish, and most angels.
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Also wondering if I world need a sump tank? I have a 40 gal filter, protein skimmer and 2 circulation power heads and a heater
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Also wondering if I world need a sump tank? I have a 40 gal filter, protein skimmer and 2 circulation power heads and a heater
A sump is always a good idea. The added water volume helps keep parameters more stable. But this also means more equipment like overflow and return pump. What filter is it and what skimmer?

As for lighting. What corals do you plan on having?
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It's a Instant Ocean Seaclone Protein Skimmer - hang on skimmer an a top fin power filter 40gal.
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It's a Instant Ocean Seaclone Protein Skimmer - hang on skimmer an a top fin power filter 40gal.
Not familiar with that skimmer but the 100 is at least rated large enough. You won't need the power filter.
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