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Old 08-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #11
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So you want a salt water tank awesome here's a short list to help you out

Is it hard? No once you get into the habit of testing and doing water changes. Some one once said it's like a garden "
plant it and let it grow, tend it when it's needed"

Cheapest SW will be a FOWLR this will run you around $10 a gallon no costly lights needed

2 A bit more involved when you add coral, softy's (Zoas, mushrooms and some leathers) can be kept under most T5 lights (A4 bulb system) around $15 dollars a gallon

3 A mixed system of Soft and LPS coral around $ 20 a gallon Time to upgrade those lights. Think MH or LED's

4 A full blown SPS system will set you back around $25 a gallon

Start with a FOWLR (fish only with live rock) just be sure to stock with coral safe fish or you'll need to re-home them
That is very very helpful. It can be as expensive as you make it. No I dont have a sw tank (yet) the wife doent know but im getting one soon! Like Grizz said, start with a FOWLR first because its waaay cheaper by half and you can test it out and see if your up for the challenge. If so the upgrade your light and research more about corals and lighting. Its all about research. If we dont know who would you ask? But I want a FOWLR too so ill follow this!
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Looks like you hit enough support! Myself, I'm starting a 210G reef tank. I'm a part time worker and full time student but I've balanced out my schedule to work for me! If I can go to work at 6 in the morning and then attend from 12 to 8:30 (Every Tuesday and Thursday) then work 10 - 12 hours shifts, then I know you can do it too!
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Just out of curiosity, does a FOWLR require daily care? Besides top offs?
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Just out of curiosity, does a FOWLR require daily care? Besides top offs?
Once setup and stabilized, not really.
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Once setup and stabilized, not really.
Sweet! Now to convince my wife. Whats the standard minimum tank size for nemo?

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Nemo can survive in a 20 gal tank but you need anemone to make him happy. Anemone is a soft coral and you need all the expensive equipment for it to survive.
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Nemo can survive in a 20 gal tank but you need anemone to make him happy. Anemone is a soft coral and you need all the expensive equipment for it to survive.
Certain species of clownfish can live comfortably in a 20g although alot of members here would advise to go a bit bigger. Look into a 40g breeder tank. Its a decent size and has great dimensions. Also clownfish do not need an anemone to survive. In fact putting an anemone in the tabk does not guarantee the clown will host it. Sure its a very cool natural symiotic relationship, but its not necessary for survival. So dont be worried if you want just the clownfish.
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Exactly...clowns do not need anemones to thrive, but it is a cool relationship. As already mentioned, those need proper lighting, so just that one thing adds a lot of expense. You also do not want to add an anemone for at least 6-8 months. They do much better in established tanks.
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Yes please dont run out and buy an anemone. That is something that you need both time and knowledge to properly house. They have the potential to nuke your tank if they die.... So obviously i would try to stay away for atleast 6 months
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I only enjoy watching my clown when it is hosting an anemone. I got him when I had my anemone all set up and settled in an awesome spot. You have to search for the right clown for the right anemone to host. I would not get a clown if I have no anemone cause you make it boring for him.
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