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Old 10-03-2013, 06:23 PM   #51
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I understand porcupine puffers are definitely a cool fish but yeah run stock past people her on aquarium advice before you buy any fish. We aren't trying to sell things and don't make any profit from what you buy so generally give better recommendations than the lfs. I work at a my lfs and I will not sell someone a fish that will outgrow their tank. Also, sw fish are not cheap and buying a fish just to sell it back when it's big is a waste of money IMO. Wouldn't you rather but a fish that can go in your tank and will live it's life there than get juveniles of large fish and keep losing money once it outgrows the tank?
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:30 PM   #52
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I understand porcupine puffers are definitely a cool fish but yeah run stock past people her on aquarium advice before you buy any fish. We aren't trying to sell things and don't make any profit from what you buy so generally give better recommendations than the lfs. I work at a my lfs and I will not sell someone a fish that will outgrow their tank. Also, sw fish are not cheap and buying a fish just to sell it back when it's big is a waste of money IMO. Wouldn't you rather but a fish that can go in your tank and will live it's life there than get juveniles of large fish and keep losing money once it outgrows the tank?
I complete understand where you are coming from but I just got the beginners itch I suppose, Im not daft like I know not buy a lion or a angelfish that will get ridiculously too big really quick or harm any of my other fish. I just hate how limited I am to stock I can have, when I first brought my tank before I begun my research I thought it was quite a large one but now I realise it's actually really small hard to upgrade now due to funds and space limitations and the hassle it causes!!!
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I understand I only have space for a 20 gallon at the moment and my 40 breeder is sitting around gathering dust!
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #54
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I complete understand where you are coming from but I just got the beginners itch I suppose, Im not daft like I know not buy a lion or a angelfish that will get ridiculously too big really quick or harm any of my other fish. I just hate how limited I am to stock I can have, when I first brought my tank before I begun my research I thought it was quite a large one but now I realise it's actually really small hard to upgrade now due to funds and space limitations and the hassle it causes!!!
I had a 125 g and sold it and bought a 75 g
Just for the space it would take up in my apartment .
I have made a similar mistake buying 3 different tangs .
1) orange shoulder
1) kole tang
And the 3rd is a powder blue .
A buddy of mine was closing down his tank for upgrades and asked if I wanted the powder blue .
They are my fav .
And for free I couldn't resist .
I wish I kept the 125
As of now I have .
1) sand sifting goby
1) yellow tailed damsel
1) kole tang
1) orange shoulder tang
1) powder blue tang
3 ) clown fish
1) cleaner wrasse
1) yellow wrasse
A 12" rittteri anemone
Mushroom corals ( a lot )
Zoas , palys , candy cane coral ,
Hammer coral , and a huge bubble coral .
I might be getting close to my stock limit ,
Parameters are all good .


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Old 10-03-2013, 08:00 PM   #55
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I had a 125 g and sold it and bought a 75 g
Just for the space it would take up in my apartment .
I have made a similar mistake buying 3 different tangs .
1) orange shoulder
1) kole tang
And the 3rd is a powder blue .
A buddy of mine was closing down his tank for upgrades and asked if I wanted the powder blue .
They are my fav .
And for free I couldn't resist .
I wish I kept the 125
As of now I have .
1) sand sifting goby
1) yellow tailed damsel
1) kole tang
1) orange shoulder tang
1) powder blue tang
3 ) clown fish
1) cleaner wrasse
1) yellow wrasse
A 12" rittteri anemone
Mushroom corals ( a lot )
Zoas , palys , candy cane coral ,
Hammer coral , and a huge bubble coral .
I might be getting close to my stock limit ,
Parameters are all good .


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I have another 30 lbs or rock to go in I'm just waiting for it to finish curing .
Your tank looks amazing! What do you mean cure your liverock before putting it into your tank? I have a few pieces in my tank, they were already matured when I brought them, they are a nice purple colour but I just put them straight into my tank. Have I done wrong by doing this? I am so desperate for a larger tank but it won't be yet for a while My water levels are becoming a lot more stable now so hopefully this wont change. Just waiting for this algae to go through it's cycles but by sorting my water out hopefully this will help keep the algae astray! Think Im going to stock my tank and when Im at stock then look at possibly upgrading before I attempt keeping corals.
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The rocks you got should be fine, you can get uncured liverock that will have tons of die off and will start a cycle. You can also get cured liverock like what you got and have a little die off which causes a mini cycle. When you add liverock do it in small amounts to prevent your parameters from spiking. Also, if you do get into corals your light will need a good upgrade and I'd look into a nice protein skimmer especially if you want a lot of fish.
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The rocks you got should be fine, you can get uncured liverock that will have tons of die off and will start a cycle. You can also get cured liverock like what you got and have a little die off which causes a mini cycle. When you add liverock do it in small amounts to prevent your parameters from spiking. Also, if you do get into corals your light will need a good upgrade and I'd look into a nice protein skimmer especially if you want a lot of fish.
Ahh panic over! I have been adding a couple of kilos at a time. I can't afford to do it any other way haha! I need to get some powerheads and ideally an external protein skimmer, don't want it taking up anymore of the little room I have in my tank! What skimmers and heads would you recommend that are of reasonable prices? Also what lights would you recommend?
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You are further along them I am. I am looking at building a 75 gallon reef. I am looking to do this as cheap as possible. So far, I have about $80 dollars invested. This got me a $75 gallon reef ready tank, two protein skimmers, a sump, and 40lbs of Florida reef rock. They key here is patience, I wait for great deals, trade and barter. Have patience and I don't see money being too big of an issue to eventually get all of the cool species you want. Patience is key in this hobby.
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You are further along them I am. I am looking at building a 75 gallon reef. I am looking to do this as cheap as possible. So far, I have about $80 dollars invested. This got me a $75 gallon reef ready tank, two protein skimmers, a sump, and 40lbs of Florida reef rock. They key here is patience, I wait for great deals, trade and barter. Have patience and I don't see money being too big of an issue to eventually get all of the cool species you want. Patience is key in this hobby.
Bloody hell!!! Where do you hunt for these kind of deals?
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Old 10-03-2013, 09:45 PM   #60
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Craigslist is my biggest friend. I trade for items or find people getting out of the hobby. I mean, it took about........... 2 months to get what I have now. So definitely no quick.
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