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Old 09-22-2004, 12:02 AM   #11
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Well after a trip to both petco and petsmart I think im gunna go with a 55 gal tank, nice size and will fit perfectly on this hunking solid oak dresser/thing I have in one room.

Both salesmen we're in agreeance with what I've read and was aformentioned, the bigger the tank, the easier it is to keep environmentally stable (temp and chem wise).

As for setup, I've been told that with any starfish I'm going to need a good amount of live rock, I was also told something about live sand. Also told that starfish can be fed a diet of brineshrimp and in some cases bits of frozen shrmip (::shrugs:: this is just what I've read)

Also, starfish and other inverts can be the carriers and common caus for "ich" which sucks b/c I'd like todo some seahorse and possibly other fish. But if I'm going for starfish I can go with the other critters suggested a few posts back.

I don't know, maybe am I trying to go way to overboard for my first saltwater tank? Or will my drive to succeed pay off? One things' for sure, I'm in no rush and want to get a good read and understanding for the basics befire I start pulling out my creditcard.
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Old 09-22-2004, 12:44 AM   #12
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Also, starfish and other inverts can be the carriers and common caus for "ich" which sucks b/c I'd like todo some seahorse and possibly other fish. But if I'm going for starfish I can go with the other critters suggested a few posts back.
Inverts are not hosts for parasites. However it is a good idea to qt them first just to shake the bugs off, so to speak. But no parasitic treatment is necessary, please don't do.
Excellent decision on the larger tank. With the caution you seen to to have employed, I believe you will have much sucess.
Keep us posted!!
One more thing. If you area has dedicated stores for fish, I would consider using them instead of the national chain stores. These big chain stores have a tendancy for bad advise and bad livestock. In other words, shop around first.
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Old 09-22-2004, 01:52 AM   #13
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Yes, the guy @ petsmart recommended a place bout 15 mins away from there that sold saltwater fish and so on.

And yes I'm definately shopping around. This project by no means will be cheap and on my budget will take so time to get going. Even after I get the tank (100$ for a 55gal glass) Then I gotta get me some sand (Suggestions? I really like that one green 'martian moon' sand I think saw on a pic here somewhere, kinda darkish blue green) then figure out a good rock/reef structure. I'm taking live rock, being alive, has to be kept submerged i.e. not needed until I intend to fill the tank with water. Then the pumps/filters/skimmers. oh my! I don't even know where to begin with all that.

Oh well I'm getting ahead of myself again. Yes, I'll definatly keep you guys updated as I'm sure I'll be need plenty of help. Gracias
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just as an aside......seahorses are not for beginners. Their requirements are demanding.
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other things to consider

Be sure you understand what you're getting into...

Have you considered these:
A stand. you can't put a 55g on a table.
A skimmer. backpak or remora are recommended here.
Live sand: Many recommend "tropical playsand" (argonite) as a "base" and then add some purchased live sand to "Seed" it

Go slow. Read a lot. The Conscientious Marine Aquarist is a good read.

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Old 09-22-2004, 06:34 PM   #16
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As for a stand, this thing is solid oak and weights about 400lbs... but I might as well not cheap out and do it right.

Will those skimmers take care of all my filtration needs including protein skimming if needed? (I'm just asking caus seen bits and pieces about protein skimming and so on)

As for the aquarium floor, I wanted to use tahitian moon sand... would that qualify as live sand?

And yes, before I buy anything I'm going to read read read and write out what I want and most likely sketch my setup and make sure it's up to par with what I've read and others opinions.

Last thing I want is an 800+ (easily) investment to be wasted on carless rushing.

So even for the most basic SW setup:

Tanks - obvious 55gal
Stand - Duh
Base and sand layer (how deep? like 1/2"-3/4" base 1/2" sand?)
Filtration - backpack or remora per jaiden
Therm/Hydro/Saline meters - ?
Heater - ?
LR - Whats a good amount for a 55 gal tank
Lighting - ?
Occupants - Would like starfish / snails / hermits / shrimp / other fish

I'm sure I'm missing tons, but off the top of my head thats all I can think of.
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