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Old 01-14-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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20 gallon Angler (reef?) tank

So stoked! Went to my LFS today and they had a bright red angler. It looks full grown, because it's 4" I'd say. It eats krill, squid, etc. so that's a plus. I put the angler on hold for a week or less b/c it's really expensive.

I've had this 20 gallon tank that I used for a quarantine/hospital tank, but I never used it. It's cycled and has had water in it for a couple months. I have a damsel acclimating right now. I just have snails in the 20 gallon, no fish so this is a test fish/potential food. Can't wait and I'll have some updates/questions that I need help with.

I have LEDs that grow macro okay...don't know if it will grow low lighting coral, but if it does, I'll put some mushrooms and a kenya tree in. Thanks for viewing .
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:43 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good build.. I'll be watching this one
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:04 AM   #3
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I fed the damsel mysis shrimp, but it didn't eat. Looks pretty stressed, but it is a new fish so it's pretty normal.

So one question is I took some sand from my refugium a couple weeks ago and put it in a container in the 20 gallon. A few days later it had black spots. I'm almost sure it's hydrogen sulfide, but I'm confused why this occurred since the sand wasn't full of life a anyway. Should I toss the sand or clean it? Will the same thing occur if I do this again?

Still need to aquascape the rock and such, but here it is. It will look better soon!
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I'm along for the ride- I am contemplating an angler and am interested in seeing your experience- Thank you!!
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:12 AM   #6
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Awesome guys, thanks for following.

@ktomminello: Some basic points I'll mention b/c you're contemplating:
-I believe they are nocturnal, and they don't move much anyway. Really cool to watch walking though.
-Live food becomes expensive, so if you can find one that eats frozen food it will pay off in the end
-If you have a large enough tank like 40-55 gallon (might get away with 30, but wouldn't recommend it) you could keep a dwarf lion (they also don't move too much). There are also other small predators that can be kept with the angler, but it is advised to have similar sized fish.
-Instead of an angler, you could instead get a leaf fish. I almost got a yellow one.

I got inspired a while ago to get an angler by Tim's biocube set up.
Tim's 29gal Biocube Reef / Angler Fish tank build

Check it out if you haven't already. Informative too.
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Thumbs up Thanks for the advice!!

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Awesome guys, thanks for following.

@ktomminello: Some basic points I'll mention b/c you're contemplating:
-I believe they are nocturnal, and they don't move much anyway. Really cool to watch walking though.
-Live food becomes expensive, so if you can find one that eats frozen food it will pay off in the end
-If you have a large enough tank like 40-55 gallon (might get away with 30, but wouldn't recommend it) you could keep a dwarf lion (they also don't move too much). There are also other small predators that can be kept with the angler, but it is advised to have similar sized fish.
-Instead of an angler, you could instead get a leaf fish. I almost got a yellow one.

I got inspired a while ago to get an angler by Tim's biocube set up.
Tim's 29gal Biocube Reef / Angler Fish tank build

Check it out if you haven't already. Informative too.
I have been following that build for a while along with giving slagathor lots of views I am working on getting the hang of saltwater and am having success with my tanks, finally.

It would be a feature tank, the only fish in there would be the angler. For food I have a 10g nano set up and almost ready for me to add breeding shrimp and cuc. This nano reef is doubling as a refugium for my 40g green spotted puffer tank and the angler that I'm interested in is the stargazer. I'm gathering all the information I can so your input means a lot

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I have been following that build for a while along with giving slagathor lots of views I am working on getting the hang of saltwater and am having success with my tanks, finally.

It would be a feature tank, the only fish in there would be the angler. For food I have a 10g nano set up and almost ready for me to add breeding shrimp and cuc. This nano reef is doubling as a refugium for my 40g green spotted puffer tank and the angler that I'm interested in is the stargazer. I'm gathering all the information I can so your input means a lot

Never heard of a stargazer angler. I looked it up and that's one ugly fish! Are they monkfish or similarly related? They're huge and apparently edible. Guessing you'll be trying to catch one?
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So might aquascape the tank today. I have one large rock in the tank now that is crawling with amphipods. I want to break it up. Should I just take it out and use a hammer to bash it?
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Update! Yesterday I painted the back, broke up the rock, and moved the tank and everything in it downstairs to the office. I also took sand from my refugium from my 70 gallon to this tank. Sugar fine sand is a pain...wish I never got it, but it's what I had. Haven't aquascaped it, but will today. I'll be getting the angler today or tomorrow!
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