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Old 12-24-2015, 05:48 PM   #1
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Hi guys! I have posted something very similar to this in the FW section, and soon in the reptiles section. New here, but certainly not to the exotic hobby! I've kept animals since I was 2 years old and don't plan to stop any time soon.

I'm currently at college right now, and once I am completed with school and have a steady business going (planning on starting a law firm), I want to have a big boom in my collection. I currently have a pufferfish and a pair of leopard geckos living with me, and a rabbit/dog/3 cats living back at home. However, before this I had TONS of animals - birds, monitors, snakes, racks upon racks of FW aquariums, a few reef tanks, a shark tank, and eventually I had to slim it down to my leopard geckos and then the puffer tank I set up last Christmas for myself, as money got tight and my parents didn't want to care for all of them. So don't flame me for wanting to get a bunch of animals at once, lol.

I am looking for suggestions of animals to add to my collection once I have the money and space - mostly cool-sounding tanks, biotopes, some cool fish (FW and salt) - everything. I had a huge list planned out, but eventually I toned it down a bit so that it would be a bit more simple. I'll list those for you guys, and I have pictures of what I would like them to resemble if anyone wants to see those.

First is a 12 foot intex pool - Moriarty did one of these on Reefcentral that I am modeling it after, mine will just be a little bigger. It will be a FOWLR, and my stock will be different than his. I am planning to house 4 triggers, 10 tangs, 10 angels (large and small), a harlequin tusk, 2 butterflys, a foxface, a puffer, a moorish idol, and a bunch of random smaller fish. I am planning to stock this at a medium/low level and slowly adding on more cool fish I can find - no sharks or rays for this pool, but we'll get to those

The next one will be a simple tank for a peacock mantis, I'm planning on double what I've been told and going with a 40 breeder. I might try a few corals and maybe a cool damsel.

Next is an 1,800 gallon (the size isn't set in stone, and the dimensions are off I believe) that is planned to house a zebra shark (yes, an ACTUAL zebra shark!!). These are among my favorite sharks, and I am planning on giving mine 8 feet wide and 16 feet long and 3 feet deep of tank space, along with minimal rocks, to explore. This will be a view from the top of the tank, and there will be a few other fish in here but this is mostly for the shark. I may consider an intex pool versus a plywood build as it will likely be a lot stronger and will probably save space.

Next is a 210 that is set to house a giant pacific octopus. Nothing special here. Oh, don't worry - I've been doing TONS of reading on keeping octopuses on sites like Tonmo, so some good stuff. I've also kept sharks before for anyone wondering.

Next is a 29 gallon biocube set to house a few fish and a mixed reef. I'm going to add a skimmer, a retrofit LED kit, and a few other things.

Next is a 40 gallon hexagon that will house a pair of seahorses and a few other mild-tempered fish.

Next comes my favorite dimension tank, the 75 gallon (my freshwater section is planned to have around 6 of them I believe). There's going to be lots of LPS corals in here, and stock will be a few simple easy to care for fish.

For my favorite sharks, eppies, I'm either going to go with a half cylinder or a full cylinder that is 1,200 gallons, or 3.5 feet deep and 8 feet across (if it is a full cylinder, but this would be incredibly expensive). I may keep them just in an intex pool or even a stock tank until I can afford something like this. I'm planning on 2 breeding pairs of eppies, with some lookdowns, monos, and chromis schooling above them.

Eventually, I would like to have a stingray pool made. This would either be indoors as an Intex pool (would probably start as this) and then move into an 11,000 gallon exhibit-style tank. It's going to be 20 feet long, 40 feet wide, and I believe 2 feet deep (maybe 2.5 or 3, I have it drawn out somewhere) with an island in the middle. I've got lots of family in construction and I'm not bad either, so I think I can do it for relatively cheap (much cheaper than having someone else build it). It's going to house mostly rays (southerns, americans, cownoses, and a guitarfish) along with benthic sharks and a few basic fish for fillers.

On top of that, I am planning 2 shark tanks for my office - I will start by housing everybody in Intex pools at my house until they are big enough/healthy enough and the tanks are completed (this is assuming I have a sucessful law firm, lol). One will be a coldwater with I think 3 leopard sharks and a swell shark along with a few baitfish, and the other will be a tropical one with a nurse shark, a few blacktip reefs, a few whitetip reefs, maybe some bonnetheads, some sort of medium-sized grouper, lots of schooling fish for dithers, a few benthic sharks, and a few large morays as well as a massive stingray if I can get it. I'm aiming for around 7,500 gallons with this one - a massive tank!

Any suggestions? There are a few other fish I am looking to add to my tanks eventually - one of these is the porcupine puffer, and I may add it into the 7,500 gallon when (if) it's up. I am open to all ideas!
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Old 12-25-2015, 11:16 AM   #2
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Is your house a mansion? Because the tanks your asking are huge!!! And each set up about 2,000 or more. On the list you asked for many many tanks which will end anyone bankrupt in the end, unless you have deep pockets. How about QT tanks you NEED THEM if you want that amount of fish successfully. If your running a full time law firm there's no way you could mange the tanks and work.

*I'm not trying to be rude but that list is huge you may want to shorten it down to a solid 3 tanks you like the most and keep and that.

** Make sure you have QT tanks to!!


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Old 12-26-2015, 07:11 PM   #3
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Is your house a mansion? Because the tanks your asking are huge!!! And each set up about 2,000 or more. On the list you asked for many many tanks which will end anyone bankrupt in the end, unless you have deep pockets. How about QT tanks you NEED THEM if you want that amount of fish successfully. If your running a full time law firm there's no way you could mange the tanks and work.

*I'm not trying to be rude but that list is huge you may want to shorten it down to a solid 3 tanks you like the most and keep and that.

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Yeah, I've though about this. I feel like the zebra shark could easily be kept in a large tank at my office, and doesn't need any kind of special tank for itself. So that's an 1,800 gallon tank that doesn't need to be set up. The 2 office shark tanks won't come until the law firm has proven to be successful for a few years. The 12 foot Intex pool will definitely be one of the tanks I keep at my house, as on the RC thread it said it was VERY low maintenance, almost like a FW tank. The 40 breeder won't be any kind of "reef", just a normal saltwater tank with 1 or 2 basic corals thrown in (softies probably, nothing high-maintenance). The octopus will likely be a decent amount of work, but I'm prepared for this. The BioCube will definitely be some work as it is a reef, but once again I'm prepared for this to be a lot of work. I'm going to have it completely automated, along with the octopus tank, just for simplicity. I'm thinking I'll ditch the seahorse tank as it's slowly becoming more boring. The 75 gallon reef can go too just because FOWLRs are more my thing. That 1,200 gallon cylinder, the stock can easily be combined into the 11,000 gallon build. The office tanks, there can be an intern for that, or even someone with a part-time job to care for them. And the 11,000 gallon build - an outdoor build isn't making too much sense to me - at the same time, that's a LOT of evaporation that's going to happen. I might go with a specially-designed above-ground pool, a few liners, and place it in a wooden shed built to the side of the house and then heavily insulated. That would certainly be cheaper - not cheap, but still cheaper.

Also - the QT tanks are definitely an important thing!!! I'm thinking about just slowly adding fish into a few divided larger tanks, like 180's and 210's.
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You should get a 1-5 gallon nano reef for your desk. To prove to every client that you can do almost the impossible😉


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Lol those are so hard to do, more maintenance than the 12 foot pool probably

I'm actually thinking about the one on Melev's Reef for a starting point. Seems like he had pretty good success using it for a dwarf seahorse tank/goby tank/frag growout tank
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Lol those are so hard to do, more maintenance than the 12 foot pool probably



I'm actually thinking about the one on Melev's Reef for a starting point. Seems like he had pretty good success using it for a dwarf seahorse tank/goby tank/frag growout tank

Yeah I had one set up, and it crashed. But I'm rebuilding it again. They are definitely not easy. But look amazing when setup right


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Yeah I had one set up, and it crashed. But I'm rebuilding it again. They are definitely not easy. But look amazing when setup right


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Nice, keep us posted. Any fish?
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It was a 5 gallon, fluval spec V. It's got one sole survivor, a hermit crab. But it housed only inverts and corals


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Sweet. We bought a Fluval Spec V for my grandma for christmas, she loves it (we just set it up with a few plants and a betta). Nice little tanks they just need to make them in like a 30 gallon size though. They'd be so much easier then.
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Sweet. We bought a Fluval Spec V for my grandma for christmas, she loves it (we just set it up with a few plants and a betta). Nice little tanks they just need to make them in like a 30 gallon size though. They'd be so much easier then.

Yeah, I really do love fluval's products. And I have a thread for that 5 gallon that I made a while ago. I'm actually posting some pics of the tank tonight when I finally get back from being at my grandparents house for the holidays.


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