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Old 11-14-2009, 08:18 AM   #31
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Your book is indeed published in 2009, but you would be better served by purchasing a "real" aquarium book by an actual researcher rather than Martha Stewart's animal/pet keeper. Perform a Search on this forum and I'm sure there are quite a few books available to novices that will help you further.
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Old 11-14-2009, 08:39 AM   #32
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thanks guys, that really helped a lot and could I cut the pj cardinals?and I 'm thinking instead of a 40 gallon breeder something a little bigger.

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Old 11-14-2009, 04:41 PM   #33
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Fishboy, It seems that you are at a very young age. Please be informed that a reef setup can be very expensive. Make sure that your parents are on board and that they know what you are about to get into. I am not trying to discurage you but the fact is your parents will more then likely be footing the bill for this tank.
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:01 PM   #34
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Oh ya,figured it out eh...How may I ask,did you find that out?Only 13 and my dad had the idea of a FOWLR tank in the dining room and he said I could have the choice of fish and everything but the fish and live rock I have to pay for.

I think I'll take out the pj cardinals.
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there really is no minimum age for aquariums in general... several of the people on here are young, one is 12, one is 15 and super smart... it really just depends on the maturity level of the individual... sw requires more attention, so of course it has to be somebody dedicated to their tank and fish... just because somebody is 30 doesnt mean they can successfully keep up a fish tank
Aw, am i the super smart 15 year old? And if im not, I dont like you as much.

Aside, get base rock and a few pieces of live rock for the tank. Saves a TON of money. In the article section their are many helpful saltwater write ups. One of these is of fishless cycling. Aslong as you have a few minutes a day to take care of the tank, you can keep the tank happy and healthy.

Have you checked out the local craigslist for used aquarium setups? At this day and age, you could pay less than half for the equipment. Also try to join a local reef club. They may have fish and equipment for sale at low prices. You may also discover fish stores close by that are very highly rated.
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you actually are... you and thom both... wasnt sure if you were both 15 or 16 though... needless to say, age isnt a consideration... you both know more than alot of people twice your age
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:06 PM   #37
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thanks mfd who is the 12 year old then?And what is MTS?Also at my LFS live rock is 7$/pound,don't know if that is cheap or not.

I went to my lfs and the guy said that a 75 gallon is needed for those fish and also that the possum wrasse rarely shows up(and when it does it's gone in a blink)so he said a six-line wrasse would work instead.
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Mts is multi tank syndrome. Fish forum term.

Onto the rock, $7/Lb is average for a LFS. You can get a few pounds of it and the rest dry rock which will become live. Marco Rocks is a very high rated seller of dry rock. It will become live in a few months with all the life on the few pounds you bought live.
Well, since you made the decision to not get the cardinals, I see no reason why those 5 fish wouldn't be ok in a 40G tank.
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well mts is multiple tank syndrome... its kind of a joke lol. dont remember the name of the 12 year old though. $7lb is pretty expensive for rock, its $3.75lb at mine. you can order it alot cheaper online, and you can use base rock for part of it as well to save extra money... marco rocks seem to be popular for that
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75g is a good size tank, but those would have been fine in a 40g regardless. If you can afford the 75g then get it For rock I would purchase Fiji Premium uncured. I rather pay more for nice rock from the start than base rock. Six lines may be overly aggressive as they age, which wouldn't be good with the jawfish, gramma, or if you decide on a firefish.
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