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Old 02-16-2007, 08:22 PM   #11
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Oh... that's not all the stuff you'll need! But that probably covers the "big stuff." The "little" incidentals add up quick. I was amazed. Let's see... other "little" stuff you'll need are heaters, extra heater and powerhead for mixing/storing saltwater, refractometer (don't do the swing arm thing - junk), test kits (ammonia/nitrites/nitrates, Ca, Alk, pH, phosphates), cleaner magnet, thermometers, and probably other stuff I'm forgetting.

You don't need a sump, but if you have room to have one below your tank, then it's a good idea to start off with one. It'll make maintenance easier and give you more water volume to dilute any nasties. If you end up without a sump, you can always use a HOB skimmer.
Well, thankfully I have the cleaner magnets, thermometers, heaters, and part of that test kit already. As for the sump filter, I'm all about trying things that come highly suggested and not just stick with what's required. Anything to make maintenance easier, I'm all about it. I have a 29 gallon tank that would be perfect after some modifications. That way I can do water changes in there. Seems to be so much easier, I would think.

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And about that Foxface - some of the stuff I've read on them says that they may NOT be too reef friendly. In other words, they nip at coral polyps. You mentioned that you're planning to have corals, so you might want to research that aspect of the foxface a little more. I think it might be like some of the dwarf angels like the Flame Angel where some Flames nip and some do not - it's just a individual personality thing. Just something to keep in mind in the planning stage.
I see the Foxface is getting some mixed replies. Good thing I asked! lol I'll consider it heavily, and if he doesn't work out, that will just be another excuse to get another tank! I know all about MTS and unfortunately, I am a victim.

Thanks, darlin'. You're a peach! I realize that I can't even begin to calculate the total cost of all the "little" gadgets and not to mention what the food cost will be, but I figure that if I just tack on an additional $100 to all of my figures, that should help. It's a good thing in Louisiana that shrimp is very easy to come by. Hell, I can even go catch my own in the Gulf of Mexico. hee!
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Old 02-21-2007, 04:31 PM   #12
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I have a Foxface in a 75g up and coming reef tank, and he is doing great. he doesn't nip at corals and is very active in the tank.

Don't worry about the venom remarks, they do have a mild venom in their dorsal fins, but with the correct handling should not be an issue. Have you ever been fishing and caught a Crappie? IF IF IF you ever have to grab him, just make sure to come from the front and keep his drosal fin against his body.

He is not like a Lionfish, hiding under rocks so you accidently grab him. I doubt he will be anywhere near your hands when tey are in the tank, mine never is.

Great reef citizen in my opinion. But then again, I have a Coral Beauty that has never given me any trouble. I think the trick is just keep them well fed and they won't go searching for food in other places.
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